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.
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.
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.
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.
Products To Relieve Symptoms
Moist Heat Mask
A simple to use eye mask that delivers 10 minutes of Moist Heat Therapy
A simple to use reusable eye mask that delivers 10 minutes of cooling therapy
MGD Advanced Dry Eye Drops
A Preservative Free Lipid-based drop to ease the symptoms of MGD and Evaporative Dry Eye
Dry Eye Intense Drops
Provides relief and protection from moderate to severe Dry Eye symptoms.
HYLO Night Eye Ointment
A smooth and easy to apply eye ointment to ease the symptoms of night-time dry eye.
Relied upon by patients
I’ve been diagnosed with blepharitis which contributes to my dry eyes. My specialist recommended the Optase tea tree oil lid wipes along with another product. My three month reevaluation showed great improvement. Wipes are very easy to use, and are non irritating.
Tom Rodgers, 62, California