Meibomian glands secrete remarkably diverse components comprising the lipid layer of the tear film. Proper functioning of the glands minimizes evaporation from the tear film. A number of factors may contribute to dysfunction of meibomian glands, often leading to dry eye disease and its characteristic ocular surface inflammation. This chapter reviews the normal anatomy and function of meibomian glands, then considers causes of their dysfunction, the impact of dysfunction on the tear film and ocular surfaces, and treatments for meibomian gland dysfunction.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Dry Eye and Ocular Surface Disorders|
|Number of pages||21|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2004|
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