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Meibomian Gland Dysfunction: Let Our Lancaster Optometrist Help You

When you visit our Lancaster optometrist, a key part of our job is to understand the health of your eyes. Our team often helps patients suffering from conditions such as dry eyes. Some patients experience these symptoms as a result of Meibomian gland dysfunction. Dry eye is not something to overlook or to put off treatment for. With the help of our team, you can see improvement in symptoms.MGD relief from your lancaster optometrist

What Is MGD?

Meibomian gland dysfunction, or MGD, is a common type of eye condition. Its name refers to the gland located in the eyelids called the Meibomian. In fact, there are up to 40 glands like this in the upper eyelid and as many as 30 in the lower eyelid. They work to release oils onto the surface of the eye. These oils are quite important because the help to safeguard your eyes by preventing your tears from drying too soon.

Why Do You Have Dry Eye?

Dry eye often occurs as a result of the Meibomian gland becoming blocked. Other abnormalities in the gland’s size, location, and shape can also trigger blockage or dysfunction of the gland. This leads to dry eye and is called Meibomian gland dysfunction. Because of the blockage or abnormality, the eyes cannot produce enough tears to keep your eyes wet and comfortable. Those tears produced evaporate fast, causing dry eye. You may be at a higher risk of developing MGD if:

  • You are older; those who are over the age of 40 are at a higher risk of developing this condition
  • Your ethnic background; those who have an Asian ethnicity are more likely to develop this condition
  • Makeup use; if you wear eyeliner or other eye makeup, and fail to properly cleanse it, this can cause a blockage.
  • Contact lens use; some initial research has shown that those who wear contact lenses are at an increased risk.

What Can a Montpelier Optometrist Do To Help?

Our Montpelier optometrist specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of MGD. As an experienced MGD doctor, you can expect our team to provide a comprehensive examination and treatment plan for you. Initial treatment of this condition may include warm compresses, but this is not often effective. Our team can offer treatment options including:

  • Eye drops: The use of antibacterial eye drops or cyclosporine eye drops can help.
  • LipiFlow is a thermal pulsation system that can be used to heat the eyelids to remove deposits.
  • MiBoFlo Thermoflo: This treatment option is designed to help improve the function of the glands and stimulates oil production through gentle massage.

Contact Our St. Johnsbury Optometrist For an Appointment Today!

When you work with our MGD doctor, you’ll get one-on-one care and support for dry eye. Contact our St. Johnsbury optometrist, Lancaster optometrist, or Montpelier optometrist for the care you need. With our three locations, you can count on getting advanced care for any type of eye health concern you may have. Our team is dedicated to helping you overcome your pain and discomfort.

Office Hours

Lancaster

Day Open Close
Monday 8:00am 4:30pm
Tuesday 8:00am 4:30pm
Wednesday 8:00am 4:30pm
Thursday 8:00am 4:30pm
Friday 8:00am 1:00pm
Saturday Closed Closed
Sunday Closed Closed

St. Johnsbury

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Monday 8:00am 5:30pm
Tuesday 8:00am 5:30pm
Wednesday 8:00am 5:30pm
Thursday 8:00am 5:30pm
Friday 8:00am 5:30pm
Saturday Closed Closed
Sunday Closed Closed

Montpelier

Day Open Close
Monday 8:30am 4:30pm
Tuesday 8:30am 4:30pm
Wednesday 8:30am 4:30pm
Thursday 8:30am 4:30pm
Friday 8:30am 1:00pm
Saturday Closed Closed
Sunday Closed Closed