Is it Dry Eye or MGD (Meibomiam Gland Dysfunction?)
Literally, the burning question. Studies have indicated that nine out of 10 people who suffer from dry eye have MGD. MGD is a chronic, progressive disease characterized by terminal duct obstruction and/or changes in the glandular secretion.
Recent studies show that a multitude of factors place everyone at risk for MGD. Most recently we have learned that evaporative stress itself, for example working in an air-conditioned room, can lead to the development of MGD. Further, any activity that inhibits the blink mechanism, for example working on a computer or reading an iPhone can have an impact.
Ideally, all patients should be screened for MGD by assessing gland function and structure at all routine examinations, because all patients are at risk for MGD.
If you have been suffering from chronic symptoms of a dry, irritated, and scratchy eyes, offering blurred vision – you may have MGD. Consider requesting a LipiView® evaluation. The LipiView® interferometer is the first device of its kind that enables eye doctors to assess your tear film by capturing images that measure the thickness of the lipid (oil) component. This process is non-invasive and takes about five minutes.