Is it Dry Eye or MGD?
Many attribute their eye discomfort to dry eye, when the root cause of the burning, scratching and redness is most likely meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). MGD occurs when there is compromise to the function and/or structure of the meibomian glands in the eyelids that produce the protective oily layer of the tear film. This good oil helps protect the ocular surface from disease and prevents the watery part of the tears from evaporating when your eyes are open. Without these oils, our eyes become more susceptible to the negative effects that dry climates, air conditioning, computer use, reading and other daily activities can have on the long-term health of our eyes.
To assess meibomian gland health and to identify MGD, both meibomian gland function and structure are evaluated. Gland Function Function is evaluated by assessing how the glands respond to gentle force, approximating that of a deliberate blink. The blink health, which is crucial to maintaining gland function, is assessed by determining the completeness of each blink. Reduced gland function is correlated with symptoms of eye discomfort and eye redness.
Structure is observed and captured with high definition gland imaging. Structural compromise, which is otherwise invisible, can be identified and documented with gland imaging. Failure to treat obstructed glands is likely to lead to further structural compromise. Once glands are lost there is no way to regenerate them.
Treating MGD with LipiFlow®
While there are multiple choices available for treating MGD, LipiFlow is the only FDA-cleared in-office, inner lid treatment for Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD). The LipiFlow treatment utilizes a patented Thermal Pulsation to the inner eyelids to improve the function of your meibomian glands.
An Answer for Millions with Dry Eye
Nearly 10 million people in Canada, and over 300 million worldwide have dry eyes. Most have learned to live with eye discomfort and have become dependent on drops or other treatment methods that only offer temporary relief. This has been due to a lack of understanding that the root cause of most dry eye is now known to be a chronic and progressive condition called Meibomian Gland Dysfunction or MGD.