Meibomian Gland Dystrophy in Nashville, TN
Dry eyes can be caused by an abnormality in the glands of the eye that produce lubricating oils. The condition is known as meibomian gland dystrophy and can be treated by an ophthalmologist. Jeffrey D. Horn, MD, of Vision for Life offers treatment for meibomain gland dystrophy for the residents of Nashville, Columbia, Cookeville and the surrounding communities of Tennessee.
What is Meibomian Gland Dystrophy?
Your eyes stay moist and lubricated when you have healthy tears that are composed of a balance of water, mucous and oils. The oils are produced by small glands known as “meibomian glands.” In some people, the glands fail to produce the proper amount of oil which degrades the quality of your tears. The tears are more likely to evaporate before the eyes are properly lubricated. Meibomian gland dystrophy occurs when the glands are clogged, or the oils are abnormal.
Benefits of Treatment for Meibomian Gland Dystrophy
You may have meibomian gland dystrophy and not know it. Most people do not have obvious symptoms. In the event that they do have dry eyes, they use eye drops that provide short-term results but actually degrade the quality of the tears. Diagnosis typically occurs when the condition has advanced to a moderate to severe stage. Treating meibomian gland dystrophy early prevents complications and gives you relief from even the mildest symptoms.
What are the Symptoms of Meibomian Gland Dystrophy?
You may have meibomian gland dystrophy if you experience:
- Thick discharge
- Crusting around your eyes, especially at the base of the eyelashes
- Dry eyes
- Excess tearing
- A sty at the base of the eyelashes
- Feeling as if you have something in your eye
What Can I Expect from Treatment for Meibomian Gland Dystrophy?
The goal of treatment for meibomian gland dystrophy is to clear the glands and prevent future clogging. Dr. Horn may recommend:
- Using warm compresses to clear the glands. This may be combined with a very gentle massage of the area. You should never squeeze the eyelids as this can push the hardened oils and debris further into the eyelid.
- Applying cotton swabs soaked with warm water along the bases of the lashes. Using a gentle back-and-forth motion can directly loosen the hardened oils in the glands.
- Fish oil, omega-3 fatty acid, and flaxseed have been shown to improve the quality of the oils released by the glands.
If Dr. Horn determines that you have developed an infection due to your meibomian gland dystrophy, he may prescribe antibiotic ointment or eye drops to clear the infection.
How Much Does Meibomian Gland Dystrophy Treatment Cost in Nashville?
The cost of your meibomian gland dystrophy treatment may be covered by your vision and medical insurance. We accept cash, check and major credit cards, including Visa®, MasterCard®, and American Express®, for your out-of-pocket costs, such as a co-payment, deductible and co-insurance, and any other remaining balance. Financing is available through Alphaeon™ Credit and CareCredit®.
At Vision for Life, our ophthalmologist, Jeffrey D. Horn, MD, offers dry eye treatment for meibomian gland dystrophy for the residents of Nashville, Murfreesboro and the surrounding communities of Tennessee. For more information or to schedule a consultation, please contact us today!