Dry Eye and MGD

For patients in Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, Roxboro:

What is Dry Eye (MGD and Aqueous Dry Eye)?

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Dry Eye is a condition in which the eyes do not produce enough tears. Dry Eye typically causes discomfort and symptoms usually include:

  • Stinging or burning eyes
  • Scratchiness
  • Feeling like something is inside the eye (foreihn body sensation)
  • Excessive eye irritation from smoke or wind
  • Excess tearing
  • Discomfort when wearing contact lenses
  • Red eyes

There are two primary forms of Dry Eye - Evaporative Dry Eye, also known as Meibomian Gland Dysfunction or MGD and Aqueous Dry Eye. Most dry eye sufferers have MGD.

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Research has determined that the leading cause of eye discomfort for over 86% of patients with dry eye is related to blockage of the tiny glands in our eyelids known as meibomian glands, and not necessarily due to a lack of tear production. When you blink, the glands release this essential oil that acts as the front line of protection for the tears, lubricating the surface of the eyes. When these glands become blocked, production of the necessary oils to protect the watery layer on the tear film is compromised resulting in evaporation of tears and dry eyes. 86% OF PATIENTS WITH DRY EYE HAVE MGD

Understanding MGD, the leading cause of dry eyeUNDERSTANDING MGD, THE LEADING CAUSE OF DRY EYE

A routine check for MGD as a part of any eye exam is recommended. MGD is progressive a disease but can be managed effectively if detected in its early stages. If left undetected, over time results can be long-term structural damage of the glands and even permanent gland loss. When MGD occurs, the protective oil that normally flows from the eyelid’s meibomian glands slows or stops.


Thermal 1-Touchâ„¢ warms the eyelids and heats the meibomian glands. Doctors then apply gentle pressure to express trapped oils from the clogged glands. The treatment lasts about 15-minutes. Thermal 1-Touch relieves MGD, Dry Eye and Blepharitis.