Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, or MGD, is a common problem you have probably never heard of. MGD occurs when the glands in your eyelids are blocked or obstructed. These glands produce the oily part of the tear film needed to prevent tear evaporation. This condition is progressive and will likely eventually result in discomfort on the ocular surface if untreated. Because there are many factors to consider in Dry Eye treatments, we will help you find a doctor to determine if TearScience® LipiFlow® is right for you.

When your Meibomian glands are dysfunctional, your eyes may feel dry, and you may feel symptoms such as burning, stinging, and itching. Drops alone cannot solve your problem.

It’s important to get screened for MGD, as the disease can be present even if you’re asymptomatic. And MGD-related dryness can be problematic if you wear contacts2 or are planning an eye surgery, such as LASIK or cataract.3

TearScience® LipiFlow® is a 12-minute in-office treatment for MGD. Think of it as a massage for your eyelids that helps unblock your glands.

Use our search tool to easily find a doctor near you who can screen for Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) and provide Dry Eye treatment options such as TearScience® LipiFlow®.


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  2. Machalinska A, Zakrzewska A, Adamek B, et al. Comparison of morphological and functional meibomian gland characteristics between daily contact lens wearers and nonwearers. Cornea. 2015 Sep;34(9):1098-1104.  

  3. Starr CE, Gupta PK, Farid M, et al. An algorithm for the preoperative diagnosis and treatment of ocular surface disorders. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2019 May;45(5): 669-684.