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Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

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When oil glands fail to produce and secrete oil into the layers of moisture that protect the eye, dry eye symptoms start to develop. The meibomian glands are located at the rims of our eyelids and they are responsible for secreting meibum to prevent evaporation of the eyes’ tear film. Meibomian gland dysfunction, also known as MGD, can be caused by chronic blockage or coagulation of meibum which will affect the tear film. When meibomian glands are inflamed, the glands usually get obstructed by waxy secretions of the eyes.

Approxiamately 65% of cases of dry eyes are diagnosed as cases of MGD where there is insufficient lipid production to form the oily layers of tears. Fortunately, new technology allows our physicians at Horizon Eye Specialists to quickly diagnose your condition and effectively treat MGD. Contact our office at (602) 467-4966 to set up an appointment.


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