One of the most common complaints we get in our Bronx office are itchy eyes. Patient often find themselves rubbing their eyes throughout the day. Though this can be caused by a multitude of conditions. One of the most common conditions are meibomian gland dysfunction.
Defintion of Meibomian Gland Dysfunction:
Every eye has meibomian glands which are glands that produce a lipid oil that helps moisten the eye. The glands are critical for helping the eye be hydrated and making sure the tears don’t evaporate once on the eye. At certain times due to a multitude of causes these glands can be blocked. This can often lead to redness and inflammation in the eyelid as well as itchiness.
Risk factors of Meibomian gland dysfunction:
Certain patients are predisposed to having the condition. Other causes have been issues with hormones, Sjogren Syndrome, psoriasis, and Rosacea.
Assessing Meibomian Gland Dysfunction
At South Bronx Eyes, Dr. Alevi, a board certified Ophthalmologist, has extensive experience with meibomian gland dysfunction. Having trained under one of the leaders in the field, Dr. Alevi has a structured treatment plan to help with this condition. On initial exam, Dr. Alevi will look to see the extent of the dysfunction and run some tests to see what can be done to help.
Treating Meibomian Gland dysfunction
Many times the simplest thing is using warm compresses 5-10 minutes per day to help with the dysfunction. Other treatments that have been found to be helpful include Omega 3 fish oil and Doxycycyline. This should be discussed with your Ophthalmologist who can give the best treatment based on your condition.
David Alevi MD
David Alevi is a board certified corneal specialist and founder of South Bronx Eyes.