Meibomian Gland Dysfunction causes an unstable tear film, limits clarity during eye examination and leads to decreased quality of vision. This condition can occur together with blepharitis and therefore can lead to inflammation, dry eye and/or stye development.
There are channels in the eyelids that release secretions into our tears in order to maintain a healthy ocular surface. When these channels become clogged, a “back-up” may occur which, if left untreated, creates a “bump” on or in the eyelid (a stye).
Depending upon the severity of the condition, management of Meibomian Gland Dysfunction includes the use of artificial tears used to lubricate the ocular surface, lid hygiene consisting of warm compresses and lid wipes, proper blink instruction, Omega-3 supplementation and perhaps topical antibiotic drops.