29 Mar How To Preserve Meibomian Gland Health
It is normal for humans to regularly wash their face, teeth, and body. This is considered part of our daily hygiene routines and we would feel strange without doing it but, have you ever thought about cleaning your eyelids? This small and seemingly insignificant part of your body is actually very important to keep clean. Providing the right hygienic care for your eyelids will ensure long-lasting Meibomian Gland health and can even prevent MGD (Meibomian Gland Dysfunction). Here are some ways that you can do this:
Adopt Good Daily Lid Hygiene
Good lid hygiene can come in many different forms. Try the following tips to ensure good daily lid hygiene:
To promote healthy meibomian gland health, ensure that you blink regularly and properly by periodically squeezing your eyes shut then relaxing the squeeze while keeping your eyes closed. Open your eyes and repeat this sequence 5 times in a row. Do this 3-4 times a day to see the best results. If you find yourself forgetting to do this, try setting an alarm or putting yourself on a Blink Awareness schedule!
Cleaning your meibomian gland is actually a very easy process that only includes a few steps! First, wash your hands and moisten a cotton swab with mineral oil, petroleum jelly, or saline. Then, use your thumb and index finger to squeeze off the excess of the product. Pull the lower part of your lid away from your eye to expose your meibomian gland then gently scrub using the doused cotton swab. Do this for your lower and upper glands. An alternative is using medicated lid wipes instead of a cotton swab. If you feel any discomfort or pain, seek professional eye care immediately.
Ask your Eye Care Professional to examine your meibomian gland to ensure that you are in good condition. Do this every time you visit your Eye Care Professional for a regular eye exam. This will also help to determine if you have Dry Eye or not.
Cleaning your eyelids regularly will ensure lasting Meibomian gland health and will also prevent scratchy, burning, and itchy sensations in your eye that is often associated with dry eye. If you need more guidance about how to care for your eyelids and meibomian gland, how to reduce the symptoms of Dry Eye, or even just regular eye healthcare, call Dr. D’Orio Eye Care today at 416.656.2020 (Toronto) or 416.661.5555 (North York) to book an appointment with our optometrists!