Find Relief from Meibomian Gland Dysfunction
Montana Eye Care offers second-to-none optometry services to residents of Helena, MT, and the surrounding areas. We treat a variety of eye conditions, including conjunctivitis and glaucoma, and provide patients with comprehensive eye exams, corrective lenses, and LASIK surgery. One of the common eye disorders we treat is meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD).
What Is Meibomian Gland Dysfunction?
Meibomian gland dysfunction occurs when the meibomian glands in the upper and lower eyelids do not secrete enough oil or insufficient quality oil onto the eye’s surface. This can result from a blockage or another defect within the glands. The dysfunction is closely associated with dry eyes, as tears without oil evaporate too quickly, leaving the eyes without adequate moisture.
This eye condition is often accompanied by burning, itchy, dry, or red eyes. Some people may feel like there is a piece of sand or gritty material in their eyes and notice their eyelids appear uneven. Others may also experience blurred vision.
Causes and Risk Factors
You’re more likely to develop this disorder if you:
- Wear contact lenses
- Are over the age of 40
- Regularly wear a lot of eye makeup
- Take medications that inhibit oil production
- Have a pre-existing eye condition such as conjunctivitis
During early-onset, patients may be asymptomatic. Your doctor will perform various tests to determine if you are experiencing MGD, such as examining your glands and applying pressure to observe the amount and quality of tear production.
Patients with this condition can find relief through an assortment of effective treatments recommended by their eye doctor. Some of these can include:
- Warm compresses can be placed on the eyes to warm the glands’ oil and offer temporary relief.
- Massaging the eyelids can also help stimulate oil production.
- Eyelid scrubs can be used to eliminate debris from the eyelids and encourage oil production.
- Prescription eye drops, sprays, or creams can be used to relieve discomfort and pain.
- Patients can take Omega-3 Fatty Acid supplements, which can improve the amount and quality of the oils.
Friendly and Professional Eye Care in Helena, MT
Our team at Montana Eye Care in Helena, MT, is ready to help improve your eye health, whether you’re suffering from meibomian gland dysfunction or simply need a routine check-up with one of our experienced doctors. You’re just one click or call away from clearer vision! We invite patients to request an appointment via our website or give us a call at 406-443-2121.