meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD)

Preparing the periocular region for surgery
Preparing the periocular region for surgeryPreparing a patient for ocular surgery can pose challenges with cosmetics being widely used. Marc Bloomenstein, OD, with the advice of Optometry Times Editorial Advisory Board member Whitney Hauser, OD, discusses the importance of properly preparing cosmetic users for eye surgery.
Why meibography can be a game-changer in treating dry eye
Why meibography can be a game-changer in treating dry eyeDry eye disease (DED) has been historically underserved. Leslie E. O’Dell, OD, FAAO, summarizes what equipment is available today to help you begin evaluating your dry eye patients’ glands.
Four ocular surface health questions to consider before cataract surgeryA thorough investigation of ocular surface health and initiation of any necessary treatment is the first step toward successful cataract surgery.
Testing at point of care for improved patient satisfaction, re-treatment ratesAfter spending a few months testing for dry eye and treating the tear film before doing preoperative measurements, the re-treatment rate dropped from 11% to 3%.
Potential benefits of oral antibiotics for MGD put into perspective
Targeting dry eye in glaucoma patients
Targeting dry eye in glaucoma patientsA poor ocular surface is a common condition in glaucoma patients due to the incidence of dry eye, age, and use of benzalkonium chloride (BAK). Poor compliance with glaucoma therapy can result. Use of point-of-care testing can help identify patients with a poor ocular surface and drive treatment decisions. Treatment options, including surgical, are discussed.
Why ODs should add meibography to their practices
Why ODs should add meibography to their practicesMeibomian gland imaging clearly has a role, yet most practitioners aren’t looking at meibomian glands at all.
Treating blepharitis in the pediatric populationWhen your pediatric patient presents with irritated, itchy eyelids with reddened lid margins, diagnosing blepharitis may be the easy part of patient care. Implementing a treatment regimen for patients who are infants, toddlers, or school-age children, requires optometrists to use not only their knowledge but their clinical art of practice as well.
ODs look to lid scrubs first for blepharitis treatmentIn a poll fielded on the Optometry Times website, we asked ODs what they used for first-line therapy for blepharitis patients.
Pros and cons of available MGD treatmentsWith the majority of treatments, both over-the-counter and prescription, focusing on tear supplements and the increase of the natural tear, there may not have been a shift in focus or thinking by most practitioners.