The Underrated Threat
Dry Eye & Meibomian Gland Disorder
Our eyes have 3 outer layers – the outermost oily layer of lipids, the aqueous layer in the middle and the cornea. The outermost lipid layer prevents rapid evaporation of the water in the eyes, keeping them moist, dirt-free and protected from allergens.
Due to air pollution, there has been a reduction in the daily average blink rate by over 60% worldwide, due to increased computer usage, smoking, changes in hormonal levels in women during menopause, and regular usage of contact lens – degrading the outer layer due to blocked Meibomian Glands in our eyelids that produce these lipids.
When these gland get clogged or get dried up due to excessive strain on the eyes and reduced blinking, fluid in the eyes gets evaporated quickly leading to redness, itching, foreign object feeling, and infections.
Sounds familiar? Well, it’s time you acknowledge and understand what your symptoms mean with our simple “DIY Dry Eye Diagnosis” questionnaire.