Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Meibomian Gland Dysfunction and Dry Eye

Today I went to the eye doctor to check on my eyes. I've had so many headaches and loss of vision that I wanted to find out what was going on.  Denver has a wonderful health system, and I was taken very good care of.  My doctor found me to have Meibomian GLand Dysfunction and Dry Eye.  The optic nerve tests looked good, though there was some swelling in one of my eyes that was an initial concern.  I was given a glasses prescription, and instructions on how to treat Meibomian Gland Dysfunction and Dry Eye.

More about Meibomian GLand Dysfunction and Dry Eye:

The tear film has three basic layers; oil, water, and mucus.  Problems with any of these layers can cause dry eye symptoms. The oil layer for the tear film is produced by meibomian glands on the edge of your eyelids. They secrete oils that allow the tears to stick to the surface of the eye.  If the glands are deficient or clogged the watery layer of the tear film evaporates quickly, leaving the eyes dry.  Sometimes people with oil layer deficiencies will have frequent reflex tearing as a result.

One thing that helps is fish oil or flax seed. These are things on my MS diet.  I'm so glad to know that these are also helpful in what's going on with my eyes. I will still have to have a MRI to see if there is still an optic cyst, etc.  There's some pressure behind my left eye.  With Multiple Sclerosis, vision problems are common so I'm glad I got on top of this.

I'm also still gaming on PS4 GTA online.  It's challenging with my eyesight but at least I know what's going on.