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What is Meibomian Gland Dysfunction? Answers from our Optometrists in Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach

When you visit eye doctors in Redondo Beach, you can rest easy knowing your vision and eye health are in good hands. Even if you are experiencing something that you aren't familiar with, an eye doctor can perform a variety of tests and help create a customized treatment plan to make sure your eye health is as good as it can be. For now, let's take a close look at meibomian gland dysfunction, including what it is and how to treat it.

What is MGD?

Even though you have likely never heard of it, MGD is actually a very common eye problem. Another common name for this dysfunction is meibomianitis. When a person suffers from MGD, it means that a particular gland in the eye is not receiving the oils it needs to produce tears. The purpose of the glands is to secrete oils so as to make sure tears don't evaporate too quickly, which helps ensure that the eyes don't get dry. When enough oil is not produced, the eyes will become very dry and itchy. Often, MGD leads to blepharitis, a common eyelid problem.

What are the risk factors?

Some people are at a higher risk for developing MGD. For example, if you are over the age of 40, then you are much more likely to develop MGD than young adults and children. Also, your ethnicity plays a role in your likelihood of developing MGD. If you are of Asian descent, you are more likely to have this dysfunction. Another risk factor that can increase your likelihood of developing MGD is if you wear eye makeup. Because makeup can clog these glands that secrete oils, it is imperative that you completely remove eye makeup every night before you go to bed.


Our trusted and experienced Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach optometrists use a device to detect if you have MGD. LipiFlow treatment can be administered to help correct this condition. To learn more, please contact us today. Call our Manhattan Beach eye care center at 310-321-6990. Or Call our Redondo Beach eye care center at 310-373-3191.

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