Individuals with Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) are likely to experience symptoms that are virtually identical to those felt by individuals with dry eye syndrome, namely a gritty sensation, itchiness, redness and blurry vision. A conclusive diagnosis of MGD can only be made by your eye doctor at Fusion Eye Care.
A primary method of detecting MGD is for a doctor to apply a certain amount of pressure directly to your eyelid, thus causing the meibomian glands to release their contents. A skilled eye doctor can often assess whether meibomian gland dysfunction is present simply by taking note of the quality and characteristics of what is secreted.
A firm known as TearScience has created a diagnostic aid referred to as the Meibomian Gland Evaluator. This tool establishes a standard pressure level to be applied for the purpose of prompting secretions from the meibomian glands. A device of this type can make the process of ascertaining the existence of MGD much easier.
It should be noted that since tear film stability can also be impacted by meibomian gland dysfunction, your eye care professional may wish to test numerous characteristics of your tears as well.
The TBUT, or tear breakup time test is a commonly utilized procedure. The test itself is painless and straightforward, encompassing the placement of a tiny bit of dye onto the tear film at the front of one of your eyes. Your eye care professional will then use a cobalt blue source of light to examine the treated eye. The light prompts the tears to emit a glow which allows the doctor to determine how rapidly the tear film takes to break up or lose stability on the eye.
Keep in mind that meibomian gland dysfunction can only be formally diagnosed by a professional eye doctor who will formulate a customized treatment plan if it is found to be present. If dry or irritated eyes have been plaguing you of late, contact your eye doctor today for a thorough evaluation and exam.