Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) is a common eye condition. At Andrew Stone Optometry in Columbia, MO, we provide exceptional eye care, and we have treated MGD and other eye conditions successfully. Learn more about the condition below.

What Is Meibomian Gland Dysfunction?

MGD refers to a condition in which the eyes’ glands are not secreting enough oil or oil of poor quality. As a result, the glands can become plugged and cause less oil to come out of them. MGD is often asymptomatic in the early stages, but it can heighten dry eyes and inflammation if left untreated. In addition, glands that are left clogged can cause permanent changes in tear production. Symptoms of MGD include dryness, burning, itching, light sensitivity, red eyes, and blurry vision.

Causes of MGD

There are several causes of MGD, including age and wearing contact lenses. Other common medical links to MGD include:

  • bacterial infections
  • high cholesterol and triglycerides
  • autoimmune diseases
  • inflamed or damaged eyelids or corneas
  • retinoids from anti-aging or acne medication
  • allergies
  • poor blinking habits
  • makeup that can clog glands
  • chronic eye diseases

Whatever is causing your MGD, our team at Andrew Stone Optometry can assess and diagnose your condition.

Symptoms of MGD

The initial stages of MGD usually do not have any symptoms. However, as the condition becomes more advanced, your eyes will start to burn, itch, and become irritated. Your eyelids may also appear rough or uneven, and blurriness might occur between blinking. Also, symptoms often worsen when you are on a computer or electronic device for a long time. Dry conditions in the home or office also exacerbate the symptoms.

Treatment Options for MGD

Our professional team will discuss ways to improve the hygiene of your eyelids and eyelashes to prevent MGD. Eyelid skin is gentle, so you must take precautions with preventative treatments. Advanced in-office treatments will help to prevent & restore your glands back to normal. Some forms of
treatment include: warm compresses, massages, lid scrubs, omega-3 fatty acid supplements/foods. Consistent treatment is recommended for those prone to MGD/dry eyes.

Contact Andrew Stone Optometry for an Eye Exam

Meibomian gland dysfunction is a disruptive eye condition that is easy to assess with a simple evaluation. At Andrew Stone Optometry in Columbia, MO, we offer different treatments for MGD. We want to restore your glands to normal function for healthy tear production and eyes. Contact our office today at (573) 445-7750 to book your eye exam and learn how we can help you with MGD.

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