Regular in-office maintenance treatments such as manual lid margin debridement are beneficial for meibomian gland disfunction. Meibomian glands located along the edge of the eyelids where the eye lashes are found. The meibomian glands make the oil that is an essential part of healthy tears. The oil is what prevents the eyes from drying out too quickly. When the lands are not working properly because they are blocked, dry eye disease is often the result.
Lid margin debridement can effectively remove accumulated debris and skin cells that that block the the meibomian glands. Similar to dental plaque, gland-blocking debris can re-accumulate over time. Thus treatments such as lid margin debridement should be performed on a regular basis. “Lid cleanings” at regular intervals are standard practice for some dry eye patients just like teeth cleaning.