Evaporative dry eye due to meibomian glands not producing oil = MGD?
I know that due to accutane my Meibomian Glands now produce low amounts of oil.
I have read a lot of posts and I`m not sure if this condition is the same as MGD. Or is that there are several types of MGD being the non production just one of them?
It can be that my Meibomian Glands aren`t clogged and are just producing less oil or everyone that suffers from reduced oil has clogged glands?
This confusion I have also leads me to not be sure of what posts about MGD can be helpful to me or which of them don`t. For example, does pressing my meibomian glands could be useful? Or do punctal plugs could be something to give a chance in my case?
I would be grateful if someone could clarify this confusion I have
Good questions Rodri,
I'm trying to figure this out myself. Hopefully some of the best well-informed participants will shed some light on this for us.
As far as I know the Meibomian Glands can produce too much oil, not enough oil or bad quality oil which, in the third instance, could be the result of them being clogged. All three are considered a Meibomian Gland Dysfunction that can cause dry eye as they alter the chemistry of the tear film interfering with its ability to function as it should.
Clearly, you will need to use an eye drop with a higher or lower oil component depending of what your Meibomian Gland problem is, this much I know but you may want to check the MG & LID CARE: Lid warming, expression, hygiene etc. forum.
Last edited by Ariel; 31-Jul-2010 at 03:35.
thanks for replying Ariel, I see I am not the only one with those kind of doubts.
I have seen those posts on MGD and lid care but as I am not sure 100 % about those things I wrote on my opening post I don`t know if for example pressing my Meibomian Glands is useless or not.
Try the q-tip trick and see if it brings you relief or not. If it does bring a lot of relief you're lacking in oil, surely due to gland irritation.
The process will probably be painful on the glands but I,d say the pros outweight the cons.
Yes, meibomian gland dysfunction is abbreviated MGD.
Question re products and hygiene
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