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Meibomian Gland Dysfunction: Signs, Causes, Treatment

Meibomian gland dysfunction or MGD is a type of blepharitis that involves the glands of the eyelids. In MGD, the glands on either the upper or lower lid (or both) may be blocked or the secretion may have changed to a thicker consistency. In MGD, you might find that your eyes are dry and irritated, with associated redness of the eyes and the surroundings. If you wear contact lenses, you might also find that you have an increased intolerance. Eczema and acne are associated conditions that may cause MGD. It is important to carefully diagnose MGD as secondary conditions may develop as a result. It is vital that you visit your optometrist for appropriate diagnosis and management options.

Typically, managing MGD will depend on the severity of the condition. Most management options start with patient education in the form of lid hygiene and lid scrubs as well. At Eyecare Network, we also offer Blephadex Eyelid Wipes to help with more vigorous eyelid hygiene. The Blephadex formula contains tea tree and coconut oil to help manage cleanse and moisturise the eyelids. Additionally, warm compresses and lid massages are also helpful for MGD management!

For more severe MGD it may require in office treatment options using Blephasteam eye mask followed by meibomian gland expression. For some patients a course of doxycycline as treatment.

To see one of our optometrists for an eye examination or to find out more, contact us on 9728 7288.

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