In the past, it was largely believed that Dry Eye was caused by a lack of tear
Normal Eyelid (meibomian) Glands:
Meibomian glands produce the oils needed for a healthy tear film
Gland (oil) Dropout:
MGD occurs when the meibomian glands become blocked. If this blockage is left untreated the glands will drop out entirely.
A series of evaluations will be performed to determine if you have Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, or MGD. This will include gland imaging and a meibomian gland evaluation. Knowing what is causing your Dry Eye will help Dr. Day determine the best treatment option.Your First Visit
Like the risk of dry eyes, the risk of MGD increases with age. People over age 40 have a significantly greater risk of developing it than children or young adults, and a study of 233 older adults (91 percent male; average age 63) found that 59 percent had at least one sign of meibomian gland dysfunction.