Meibomian gland dysfunction, or MGD, is a leading cause of dry eye syndrome. Your eyelids have meibomian glands that secrete oils into your eyes’ surface, preventing tears from drying too quickly. Problems with these glands, such as obstructions, can lead to MGD and dry eyes. Read on as our eye doctor discusses this condition in detail:
What Are the Causes of MGD?
Irregularities within your meibomian glands and changes to the oil amount and consistency can all lead to MGD. Meibomian glands can decrease with age, so the older you become, the higher your risk is. People who use contact lenses and those of Asian descent are also at a higher risk of developing MGD.
What Are the Symptoms of MGD?
MGD is often asymptomatic in its early stages; however, as the dysfunction progresses, the reduced oil content in your tears may eventually lead to dry eyes. Symptoms of dry eyes include your eyelids turning crusty, itchy or red. You might also experience a feeling that something is stuck in your eyes, or you might have moments of blurry vision. We recommend visiting our vision center for a check up if you suspect that something is wrong.
How Can You Manage MGD?
Management of MGD is important because it can severely compromise your visual comfort and health if ignored. You can try applying warm compresses to your eyes because the heat can help melt the dried oil blocking the meibomian glands. Your doctor might also prescribe anti-inflammatory and antibacterial eye drops. Consider eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, as well, to maintain your the consistency of your tear oils. If you wear contact lenses, consider wearing eyeglasses instead.
Lifetime Vision Source believes in educating our patients, so give us a call or drop by if you want to learn more about MGD. You can also take a contact lens exam or use one of our many eye care services. Our doctors have decades of combined experience and they genuinely care about your health. Call us at (701) 864-3777 to learn more about MGD or to make an appointment. We can serve patients from Medina and Valley City, ND.