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Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) is a progressive disease of the ocular surface. It is also a leading cause of Dry Eye. MGD is caused by anatomical changes in the Meibomian Glands. If left untreated, the condition can become progressively worse over time. Long-term, failure to treat MGD can lead to chronic discomfort and degradation of vision, significantly impacting the quality of life.
Healthy Meibomian glands that line your upper and lower eyelids secrete oil with every blink. Your Meibomian glands produce the oily part of the tear film needed to protect the surface of your eye by preventing the evaporation of the watery part of your tears. When this function is not working well, your eyes may feel dry. Keeping the function and structure of your Meibomian glands healthy before you become symptomatic is important, as MGD progresses over time.
For patients with MGD, TearScience LipiFlow significantly improves gland secretions and ocular surface symptoms including dry eye and blurred vision.
Conditions that can contribute to MGD include:
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