What to Ask Your Doctor Beyond Symptom Relief, Treat the Cause of Dry Eye

Only an eye care professional can determine whether you suffer from Dry Eye and Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD). Get the conversation started with your eye doctor.


I am concerned about my long term eye health. What can I do on a daily basis to support my eyelid health?


I have recently heard that the most common cause of dry eye has something to do with glands in my eyelids and their ability to protect my eye. Are my eyelid glands healthy?


I understand that I might need to take these medicated eye drops for a while to help manage my symptoms but how are we treating the cause of my Dry Eye?


How is my lifestyle impacting my Dry Eye and MGD?


I want to understand the role of each of these treatment recommendations; Can you talk through the specific goal of each of my treatments for Dry Eye and MGD?


I know you have told me that I have MGD but my eyes don’t feel uncomfortable. Can you explain why treating my MGD before I develop symptoms is a good thing?


Treating the leading cause of dry eye

The most known cause of Dry Eye symptoms is MGD. This is when the meibomian glands in our eyelids responsible for lipid (oil) production become blocked, or worse, are compromised due to gland loss that can occur over time if not treated. There are many who claim various treatments for MGD, but the best-known treatment uses a precise application of heat and massage to the meibomian glands from the inside and outside of the lids.