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Meibomian Gland Expression

Effective and pain-free treatment of Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

What is Meibomian Gland Expression?

Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) is the most common association of Dry Eye Syndrome. It is often remained unrecognised and not treated appropriately. It is a chronic, diffuse abnormality of the Meibomian glands, commonly described by qualitative/ quantitative changes in the tear glands secretion.

It may result in alteration of the tear film, symptoms of eye irritation, clinically apparent inflammation, and ocular surface disease.

What is Meibomian Gland Dysfunction?

Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (commonly referred to as MGD), is considered as one of the leading causes of dry eye disease.

The glands of patients with MGD are usually full of stagnant secretions. These poor quality secretions block the gland opening, irritate the eye and fail to lubricate the eye and prevent evaporation of the tears. Symptoms of Meibomian Gland Dysfunction include:

  • Dryness & Burning
  • Itching
  • Stickiness
  • Watering
  • Light sensitivity
  • Styes


These symptoms, if left untreated, can develop beyond Meibomian Gland Dysfunction and result in permanent damage to the eyes.

Meibomain Gland Excision FAQs

There are about 25 to 40 Meibomian glands in the upper eyelid and 20 to 30 in the lower eyelid. The function of these glands is to secrete oils onto the surface of the eye. These oils help keep the tears from evaporating too quickly.

Under topical anaesthesia your Doctor or Nurse will unblock the small obstructions and fibrosis that are blocking your Meibomian glands (causing their dysfunction). The procedure uses local anaesthetic to numb the area this will reduce any patient discomfort.

Meibomian Gland Expression treatment takes approximately 20 minutes. Your Doctor / Nurse will use a topical anaesthesia (eyedrops), Meibomian Gland Expression is not painful and most patients tolerate the procedure well.

At home treatment of recurring Meibomian Gland Dysfunction includes warm compress, which stimulates oil production while melting the oil that has solidified in the glands.


If your Meibomian Gland Dysfunction is reoccurring we advise using a warm compress, which stimulates oil production while melting the oil that has solidified in the glands.

Post-treatment, your Doctor/ Nurse will talk you through how to best apply a warm compress safely and effectively at home, ensuring optimal results with your treatment.

Speak to one of our experts and find out how Meibomian Gland Expression can help your treatment of dry eyes