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What is MGD and What Are the Symptoms?
If you are unable to produce tears to the point where your eyes are often itchy, dry, and red, then you may have a dry eye condition. This is an eye condition caused by a lack of lubrication in the eye. Dry eye is often the result of meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), which occurs when your eyelid’s oil glands stop producing oil. This production keeps our eyes moist and allows us to produce a healthy amount of tears.
Patients who suffer from dry eye are likely to experience one or more of the following symptoms on a regular basis:
- Dry, gritty feeling eyes
- Red eyes
- Itchy eyes
- Discomfort or a burning sensation
- Eyes that feel tired or strained
- Sensitivity to light
- Visual disturbances
When these symptoms persist, they can interfere with quality of life and make it difficult to perform even the most routine of tasks. Patients who have experienced prolonged dry eye symptoms should schedule a consultation with one of our doctors at either our Eagan or Rosemount locations. If the examination shows more than mild signs of dry eyes, we will examine the eyes further with the LipiView interferometer. This exam, which allows us to view detailed images of the tear film, is quick and painless. This evaluation will reveal if a patient is a proper candidate for LipiFlow® treatment.
What is Lipiflow?
Lipiflow is the latest, most-advanced FDA-approved treatment for meibomian gland dysfunction and dry eye syndrome. Meibomian gland dysfunction is the leading cause of dry eye syndrome, causing approximately 90% of all cases. With Lipiflow, the eye doctors at Vision Source Yankee & Rosemount Eye Clinic are able to treat dry eye at the source of the problem.
With the LipiFlow system, we are able to utilize thermal pulsation technology to remove blockages from the meibomian glands. By doing this we are able to help the body restore its natural oil flow to the tear film.
Studies have shown that LipiFlow achieves a significant improvement in meibomian gland function leading to an improvement in patient’s symptoms.