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What is meibomianitis and how is it treated?

What is meibomianitis? It is part of meibomian gland dysfunction. There are different terms used medically. It’s also a form of blepharitis or posterior blepharitis.
In the eyelid there are oily glands close to the eye surface. These oily glands secrete meibom or meibomian oil. They stop the tears from evaporating.
So if you have meibomianitis it means that the oily glands are got blocked and are inflamed. It can be quite painful. And the area to touch along the lid will look red and inflamed and you’ll have discomfort. I twill be tender when I touch it.
So the treatment of acute meibomianitis is medical. We have topical antibiotics, lots of eyelid heating, and eyelid cleaning. And just occasionally meibomianitis will convert into becoming a full chalazion, which is the meibomian cyst, often though of this beeing a stye, but it’s actually we tend to use the terms chalazion or meibomian cyst, as it’s more like a little stone in the eyelid.

More about Jane Olver

Ms Jane Olver is the founder of Clinica London and a Consultant Ophthalmologist and Oculoplastic Surgeon. Her special expertise is in oculoplastic and cosmetic eye surgery including eyelids and lacrimal surgery. She is specialised in endoscopic lacrimal surgery for watering eyes in adults and children. She has over 20 years’ experience in treating people with eye problems just like you, and has published extensively in scientific journals about Ophthalmology and Lacrimal Surgery and is the author of the books “Ophthalmology at a Glance” and “Colour Atlas of Lacrimal Surgery”. At Clinica London, she is responsible for the Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery part, as well as patients with eye, eyelid and tear duct problems, and acute eye problems.


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