MGD: The Eyes Have It

MGD: The Eyes Have It

If you have Dry Eye, you may or may not have heard the news. It is likely you have MGD and by an overwhelming majority, the eyes have it! That’s right… that means the old lack of tears theory and associated treatments are now in the overwhelming minority.

You say, “I have Dry Eye, but how do I know if I have MGD?” Research tells us that 86% of those with Dry Eye have MGD and it is treatable. As a result, millions of those with Dry Eye are standing up and asking their eye care professional about MGD, a problem that some experts believe is occurring at what could be coined as epidemic proportions.  There is a proven treatment that attacks MGD from the inside and outside of the eyelid. The treatment is called LipiFlow, a technological breakthrough brought to the market after being FDA cleared in 2011.


MGD, or Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, occurs when the tiny glands in our eyelids become blocked, causing loss of their important function – the production of essential oils to protect our tear film. This results in Dry Eye symptoms that have been frustrating patients and doctors alike for over 60 years. Now that we know MGD has proven to be the leading cause of Dry Eye and as more eye care professionals recognize the prevalence of MGD, its treatment is a welcome relief for millions.


If you are in the Dry Eye majority and most likely have MGD, proper and effective treatment is essential. Proper and effective MGD treatment is when the eyelids are gently heated from the inside and simultaneously cleared from the outside with a light pulsation therapy, essentially “melting” and removing gland blockages. That is what LipiFlow does for MGD patients, a treatment that takes less time than a regular eye exam.


Unfortunately, routine lid margin and ocular surface maintenance has not yet caught on like routine dental care and oral hygiene. So, MGD is highly prevalent but typically only caught later in the disease process as not all eye care professionals are screening for MGD. MGD must be addressed and the earlier the better to prevent long-term gland damage. If you have Dry Eye symptoms, you most likely have MGD.  Ask your eye care professional about MGD identification and treatment and ask them about proper lid care to avoid the potential of MGD.  After all, the overwhelming facts are in and the eyes have it.  It’s MGD.