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Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

 

What is Meibomian Gland Dysfunction?

 

 

Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) is a chronic diffuse abnormality of the meibomian glands leading to irregular oil secretions and progressive meibomian gland loss or drop out.  MGD is a common cause of ocular surface irritation and is thought to be the leading cause of dry eye syndrome.

 

Symptoms

 

 

Lid margin thickening

Lid margin redness

Burning and irritation of ocular surface

Frequent styes or chalazion

On and off blurred vision

 

Diagnosis

 

 

Your doctor can evaluate your lids during the slit lamp examination.  Lid expression may be performed to evaluate the quality of oil secretions.

 

Treatment

 

 
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Treatment is aimed and improving the meibomian gland function and normalizing the oil secretions.