meibomian gland


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meibomian gland

One of the 20 to 30 glands that occupy each eyelid, lying parallel to each other and perpendicular to the lid edge and opening on to the lid margin. The meibomian glands secrete an oily fluid that prevents adhesion between the lids and forms an outer layer on the tear film over the cornea and conjunctiva so as to retard drying. (Heinrich Beibom, 1638–1700, German professor of Medicine, History and Poetry).

Meibomian gland

Oil-producing glands in the eyelids that open near the eyelid margins.
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These suggest that continued use of ESL could have additional favorable effects on the meibomian gland; however, we have to admit that the sample size is small.
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Meibomian gland loss was graded as described by Arita et al.
However, there were systemic conditions such as diabetes mellitus or local diseases such as pterygium, pingeucula or meibomian gland dysfunction in seronegative patient with dry eye.
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All patients had obstructive meibomian gland disease, characterized by extensive MG dropout, unexpressible meibomian secretions, inflamed lid margins with thickening and debris, tear instability and ocular surface epithelial damage, and without seborrheic dermatitis.
Specifically designed for treating dry eye diseases caused by Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), the technology behind the E-Eye offers long term relief for patients.
The researchers further point out that creams used around the eyes may have negative effects on the meibomian gland function and may be a contributing factor to dry eye disease.
We postulate that the hormonal imbalance during pregnancy affect meibomian gland earlier than the lacrimal gland.
Lens wear comfort levels improved significantly in the fish oil group as well and was associated with a significant increase in tear film stability and increase in tear film production and a reduction in the number of blocked meibomian gland ducts in the fish oil group.
Morrisville, N.C.-based TearScience Inc., which makes treatments for meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), has appointed a new president and CEO.