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Meibomian Gland Blockage

The meibomian gland is an oil-gland found in the upper and lower eyelid. The oils they secrete layer on top of the tear film. This keeps the tears from evaporating and prevents dry eyes.

If these glands become blocked by thickened oils, the eyes will get dry and may cause burning and irritation.

A blocked oil gland is prone to infection which causes redness and swelling of the lid. This condition is called “blepharitis”. Blepharitis can take 6-12 months to clear up.

Home Care:

  1. Apply a hot compress (hot water on a face cloth) to the eyelids for 10-20 minutes at least twice a day. This softens the oils and may relieve the blockage. After this treatment, wipe away scales from the lids and apply any prescribed medicine.

  2. Use lubricant eye drops (over-the-counter) if your eyes feel dry or burn.

  3. If the lids are inflamed, do not wear makeup on your eyelids until the redness and swelling goes away. Use only hypo-allergenic makeup in the future.

  4. Unless told otherwise, stop using contact lenses until your condition improves.

  5. Sometimes we touch our eyes and face without thinking about it. So, wash your hands regularly and especially before you plan to touch your eyes.

Follow Up

with your doctor or as advised by our staff.

Get Prompt Medical Attention

if any of the following occur:

  • Redness of the white part of the eye

  • Redness or swelling of the lids

  • Eye pain or discharge

  • Change in your vision


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