There are over 300 million people worldwide who have been diagnosed with dry eyes. Most of them learn how to live with the discomfort and rely on eye drops. This has been due to a lack of understanding that the root of the problem is a chronic condition called Meibomian gland dysfunction.

What is MGD?
MGD (Meibomian gland dysfunction) is a disease which in 86% of cases is a root cause of dry eye. MGD occurs when there is compromise to the function and/or structure of the Meibomian glands in the eyelids that produce the protective oily layer of the tear film. Without these oils, our eye become more susceptible to the negative effects that dry eye climates, air conditioning, computer use, reading and other daily activities.

Who is at risk?
Anyone can get MGD, but some of us are more prone to it than others. Contact lens wearers are at higher risk, for instance, as are heavy users of personal electronic devices.
Postmenopausal women are also at higher risk for MGD, as well as people with autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. Taking certain medications, including beta-blockers and antihistamines, can also increase your odds of having MGD.

Common MGD symptoms Include:

  • Burning
  • Scratchy/gritty feeling
  • Dryness
  • Red, itchy eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Tired, puffy eyes
  • Excess tears

MGD AND CATARACT

The research showed that 50% of cataract patients with MGD have no symptoms. Before undergoing cataract surgery it is important to treat MGD, as that will significantly improve vision quality and reduce dry eye symptoms after the surgery.

  • SCREENING – a Meibomian gland evaluator examines the function of the glands
  • IMAGING – use of Lipiscan or Lipiview imaging devices to assess the structure of the Meibomian glands
  • TREATMENT – LipiFlow

LIPIFLOW – THERMAL PULSATION TREATMENT

While MGD has traditionally been hard to treat, the LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation System makes it far simpler, using a cutting-edge device to heat up and massage away the blockage in just 12 minutes, right in the doctor’s office. Now this innovative solution is available at both Mediclinic Parkview Hospital and Mediclinic Deira.

Benefits:

  • Optimises comfort, visual outcomes and patient satisfaction after surgery
  • Improves gland function prior to cataract surgeries
  • Sustains reduction in dry eye symptoms
  • Non-invasive

Do you think you might have dry eye? Book your appointment with ophthalmologists from Mediclinic Deira or Mediclinic Parkview Hospital by calling 800 1999.