In the game of life, you must play the hand that you have been dealt. The deck may be stacked in your favor at times, and other times your hand comes up a bust. The same is true with eye health and particularly with Evaporative Dry Eye, a condition caused by Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD). When MGD goes undiagnosed and untreated, the Evaporative Dry Eye it causes continues to worsen over time.
The MGD Game isn’t a simple, one-time event, but rather a long tournament in which you must keep playing. Meibomian Gland Dysfunction is a progressive disease affecting oil production inside the eyelid. This oil secreted from the meibomian (eyelid) glands is essential to maintaining a healthy level of moisture in the eyes. MGD begins with casual nuisance symptoms and culminates with long-term, significant eye pain.
The first hand dealt by MGD is often dry eye symptoms that begin simply as minor discomfort. You stop wearing contact lenses for a few days, rub your eyes, and get back to your normal routine. The MGD exists, but has not yet progressed to a point where the dryness of your eyes is noticeably impacting your daily life.
As MGD progresses, the disease deals you a set of raw, bloodshot eyes. MGD interrupts your daily schedule, requiring you to constantly buy and apply a steady supply of eye drops. You take breaks a few times a day just to apply warm compresses to temporarily relieve your painfully dry eyes. Eventually, the MGD Game deals you the final cards: light sensitivity, which may trigger migraines and constant, searing eye pain. Unfortunately with a progressive disease like MGD, you cannot simply fold your hand. You are forced to keep playing with the hand you’ve been dealt.
Thankfully, the deck of dry eye remedies contains a trump card: LipiFlow, a revolutionary new treatment from TearScience. The LipiFlow treatment allows eye doctors to get right at the root of Evaporative Dry Eye, blockages in the meibomian glands. Using a process and equipment cleared by the FDA, LipiFlow applies a combination of heat and pulsation directly to the glands. LipiFlow massages the inner eyelids to break up and dislodge blockages in the meibomian glands, restoring natural oil production and allowing it to flow into the eyes. Increased oil can trump the evaporation of tears and painful symptoms caused by MGD find longer-term relief.
So while throughout life we must play the cards that life has dealt us, it is important to remember that there is a chance to improve your odds. If you are one of the millions of adults suffering from MGD, don’t settle for numerous prescriptions, topical treatments and mere minutes of relief. Learn more about about LipiFlow to find longer-term relief from Meibomian Gland Dysfunction.