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About Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD)

MGD is a chronic condition which occurs when the glands in the eyelids don’t produce enough oil, or the oil that is produced is of poor quality.

What is MGD

MGD occurs when the Meibomian glands (which make the oily layer of the tear film), are not working properly and become clogged. In a healthy eye the oil from the Meibomian glands forms a lipid layer on the surface of the eye when we blink. This lipid layer plays an essential role in protecting the watery layer of tears which cover your eyes and prevents them from drying out.

When the glands become clogged, the oily part of the tears cannot be released effectively. This causes the watery tears to dry up more quickly which results in the eye becoming dry and uncomfortable.

How to manage MGD

A daily eyecare regimen which includes moist heat therapy is the most important part of managing MGD. Addressing the root cause of MGD with moist heat therapy can also lead to a reduction of symptoms in related conditions such as Dry Eye Disease (DED) and Blepharitis.

  • Heat

    An essential step to managing the symptoms of MGD is the application of a heat mask or warm compress for 10 minutes a day. This helps to loosen oils in your Meibomian glands and form a stronger tear film.

  • Cleanse

    Even though you may be producing less oils as a result of MGD it is still important to maintain clean eyelids and lashes to ensure there is nothing that can block oils from reaching the surface of the eye.

  • Hydrate

    If you suffer from severe MGD you may require an eye drop that can supplement the oily layer in your tear film to reduce tear evaporation.

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