Busy Moms Have No Time for Dry Eye And Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

Busy Moms Have No Time for Dry Eye And Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

We all know the challenges busy moms face because let’s be real, family duties mostly fall on Mom, even while juggling a flourishing career. Whether a mom with young kids and a career, or a mom with older kids whose main responsibility is managing the household, it is a challenge balancing family needs, school, activities, travel, work, etc., but moms do it and seem to make it look easy.

What if Mom has Dry Eye?
A better question for many moms: What if Mom doesn’t know she has the potential for Dry Eye and the impact it could have on her Mom super powers? Dry Eye can be equated to Superman’s, or in this case, Superwoman’s Kryptonite for some.  Dry Eye can stop Mom in her tracks.  Just ask a mom with Dry Eye.  Mom, however, may not realize that Dry Eye symptoms could be on the horizon.  Many with Dry Eye symptoms are caused by Meibomian Gland Dysfunction or MGD. MGD occurs when tiny glands in the eyelids, which create the protective oils for the eye surface, are blocked.  And the fact is that MGD is more common in women than men.1 Sorry, Mom.

Meibomian Gland Dysfunctionm (MGD) is one of those problems that can slowly materialize for various reasons. Moms are on their phones more now than ever and rely on digital devices to keep up with schedules, family, and work.  What Mom may not know is that the use of digital devices has been proven to make us partial blinkers and blinking is what activates the Meibomian (eyelid) glands to release the oils on the eye surface.2  When we blink less, the Meibomian glands are used less, and over time, can cause them to clog.  Long-term effects could result in loss of the glands, if left untreated.  Another factor that can cause MGD is the use of makeup around our eyes, and if our lids are not cleaned properly and regularly, MGD could be around the corner.

Why Do Moms Care About MGD?
Moms care about their family’s overall health, with visual health requiring regular check-ups.  Moms should have the doctor check for Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) in all family members at regular eye exams. Why?  Early detection of the onset of MGD can prevent the negative effects of Dry Eye symptoms that gets in the way of being Supermom and all those never-ending responsibilities and activities.

If you’re a mom and find yourself with scratchy, watery eyes or persistently using drops, ask your eye care professional to check for Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD).  If you don’t have any Dry Eye symptoms, it is recommended that your Meibomian gland health is checked regularly at each eye exam.  Early detection of MGD can save you years of Dry Eye symptom aggravation and is essential for protecting the health of your eye surface and long-term visual comfort. Find out more information about MGD and Dry Eye symptoms

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1. Sullivan, D.A., Rocha, E.M., Aragona, P., et al. TFOS DEWS II Sex, Gender, and Hormones Report. Ocul Surf. 2017 Jul;15(3):284-333

2. Hirota M, Uozato H, Kawamorita T, Shibata Y, Yamamoto S. Effect of incomplete blinking on tear film stability. Optom Vis Sci. 2013; 90(7):650-7