We are so excited about the new technology that we’ve added into the practice to help us detect and diagnose Dry Eyes. Meibography is a type of imaging that allows us to visualize the meibomian glands which are located in the eyelids.
Why is this so important?
You may or may not know, but the tears are made up of 3 layers. The outermost layer is the oily layer which is made and secreted by these meibomian glands. This oily layer helps us by preventing excessive evaporation of the other layers of the tears. So, by imaging the meibomian glands, we are able evaluate and monitor the condition of the structure that is responsible for the oh so important oily layer.
How does it work?
Fear not, Meibography is non-invasive and uses infrared light to take the image . We’ll need to flip the lids to be able to image the glands (which sounds a lot worse than it really is). Overall the test takes about 15 seconds per eye.