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New Findings in Dry Eye

Meibomian gland dysfunction is a significant contributor to dry eye disease in post-menopausal women, according to a study which evaluated 939 post-menopausal women, average age 65 years, for dry eye with Schirmer’s test, meibomian gland status and symptoms recently reported.Dr. Lisa Jones-Jordan from the College of Optometry at The Ohio State University said dry eye was “classified as aqueous-deficient dry eye and no meibomian gland blockage, mixed dry eye with some signs of meibomian gland blockage or evaporative dry eye with signs of meibomian gland blockage.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column]

“Of all subjects, 26.4 per cent didn’t fall into any of the categories even though they weren’t normal, 11.1 per cent were classified as normal, and the remaining 63 per cent were identified as
having dry eye. Six per cent of those were aqueous-deficient dry eye.”

She said the incidence of evaporative dry eye and mixed etiology was similar.“Over 90 per cent of women showed some form of meibomian gland dysfunction,” she said.

If the symptoms were used as the driver of dry eye diagnosis, only 12 per cent of the sample was classified as having dry eye.

“Meibomian gland dysfunction is a significant contributor to dry eye disease and seems to make up an overwhelming proportion of it. It’s not just aqueous-deficient dry eye or meibomian gland dysfunction; it seems to be a continuum,” said Dr. Jones-Jordan.