Our eyelids have glands that aid in the production of tears. Without the glands, our tears would evaporate too quickly, preventing our eyes from receiving the oxygen and nutrition they need.
The quality of the oil - Meibomian glands secrete oil. Normal oil expression is the consistency of a quality olive or cooking oil. It should be clear and spread easily and evenly across the front surface of the eye. Meibomian gland dysfunction causes the oil to be cloudy, thick, or the consistency of toothpaste.
The quantity of the glands - We want long, healthy meibomian glands present in the upper and lower eyelids. As the glands shorten, disappear, and lose function then we lose the ability to provide oxygen and nutrients to the front of the eye.
Meibography - Meibography uses infrared light to visualize the health of the eyelid glands and allows our doctors to evaluate structures within the tissue of the eyelid. Meibography allows our doctors to diagnose a problem before you have symptoms. Once the glands become damaged, shorten, and disappear, we are unable to bring them back to life.
Maintaining Healthy Meibomian Glands
You can continue taking eye drops, medications, and supplements for temporary relief or you can treat your meibomian gland dysfunction.
MEIBOOST is a precision treatment for meibomian gland dysfunction that uses a combination of heat and light to treat the underlying causes of meibomian gland dysfunction.
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Common Meibomian Gland Dysfunction Questions
But, why do I have watery eyes? - Watery eyes are a sign that your eyes are craving more oxygen and nutrients. Watery eyes tell us that there is an underlying problem that can be treated.
But, I don’t have symptoms! - Well, you don’t have symptoms because you have lost the ability to feel the symptoms. Long term damage to the front of the eye causes the eye to lose sensation or dryness and irritation.