Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

Treatment for Meibomian Gland Dysfunction at Andrew Stone Optometry

If you find yourself struggling with red, irritated eyes, you may already suspect that you have a bad case of dry eye syndrome. What you may not know, however, is that dry eye can have several possible causes, including a glandular disorder called meibomian gland dysfunction. Here at Andrew Stone Optometry in Columbia, MO, we can evaluate your eyes to determine whether or not you have this condition and then prescribe the right mix of remedies to help manage the problem.

Causes of Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

Tears are more complex than you might think. In addition to the water that hydrates your eyes, the tear film also contains an underlying mucous layer and a topmost oil layer. The oil comes from tiny glands called meibomian glands that line the insides of your upper and lower eyelids.

Unfortunately, these glands don't always contribute oil to the tear film as they should. A variety of problems can interfere with oil production or distribution. Debris from skin mites, cosmetics, or other materials can clog the glands, preventing oil from escaping. Medications, hormonal changes, and injury to the glands can also interfere with the glands' operation. Ethnic heritage may serve as an additional factor.

Meibomian Gland Dysfunction and Dry Eye Syndrome

When meibomian gland dysfunction prevents oil from mixing with the tear film, the water in the tears will evaporate more rapidly than the tear glands can replenish it. Dry eye syndrome is a common result. Deprived of moisture, your eyes may become inflamed and uncomfortable. You may experience blurred vision and eye fatigue as well. Unless you get the necessary treatment, your dry eye syndrome can leave your corneas vulnerable to long-term damage.

How Our Optometrist Can Help

Our Columbia, MO, optometrist can identify and treat dry eye caused by meibomian gland dysfunction. We can examine your eyes for telltale symptoms, analyze the composition of your tear film, and note how quickly your tears evaporate. We will also look at your medical history for any related underlying conditions.

If you have meibomian gland dysfunction, we can prescribe a treatment plan that corresponds to your condition's underlying causes. Lubricating eye drops can soothe and protect your eyes, while oral medications or other drugs can help resolve infections or other related issues. We may also recommend treatments to remove meibomian gland blockages, along with home care practices such as soothing warm compresses.

Get the Eye Care You Need in Columbia, MO

Andrew Stone Optometry has the meibomian gland dysfunction relief you seek in Columbia, MO. Call our eye care center at (573) 445-7750!

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