A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Meibomian Gland Dysfunction
I had a question the other day about meibomian gland dysfunction.
Your oil glands have gone on strike!
The meibomian glands are located in your eyelids.
Secretions from these glands make up the lipid (oily) layer of your tear film, which is crucial in preventing rapid evaporation of your tears.
Failure of these glands to produce or secrete oil – due to chronic blockage or thickening of the meibum – will affect the quality and stability of your tear film, which in turn will produce classic dry eye symptoms even if your dry eye test results appear normal.
A tear break-up time test should show whether the oil layer of your tear film is adequate or not.
Meibomian gland dysfunction is quite common and unfortunately it often goes undiagnosed.
Even when diagnosed it’s often not treated or isn’t treated effectively until it has become chronic or severe.
Meibomian gland dysfunction may be inflammatory (often as a result of blepharitis) or atrophic.
To deal with meibomian gland dysfunction it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily.
*Increase your intake of essential fats (flax oil, Omega-3 oils, etc.).
*Consider herbs such as Eyebright and Bilberry.
*Use Enfuselle products.
*Try warm compresses (can be made from tea bag).
*Try lid scrubs.
*Have a diet rich in bioflavonoids (berries, colorful veggies, etc.).
*Eliminate toxic cosmetics, eye care, and personal care products.
*Eliminate toxic household and laundry cleaners.
*Eliminate poor air quality, which could be irritating.
*Eliminate chlorinated shower/bath water, which could be irritating.
*Eliminate “hidden” allergies or sensitivities, which may aggravate your eyes.
*Avoid free radical damage; check heavy metal toxicity.
*Eliminate hydrogenated or trans fats, sugar and white flour.
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