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Meibomian Gland Dysfunction during Contact Lens​ Wear | OOLS |

Dr. May Bakkar, an associate professor and a contact lens(CL) expert begins by stating the need for an eye care practitioner to study CL complications. She elaborates on the SOAPE format for assessing and managing CL related complications. She mentions some of the resources available for students and practitioners to learn more about the complications. She classifies the CL complications based on the frequency of how commonly they are seen among the patients, the reason why patients discontinue, and the mechanism of complication. We learn the definition of Meibomian Gland Dysfunction as defined by current research, the anatomy, and physiology of the glands. We briefly overview the tear film and the function of the meibomian glands in maintaining the tear film integrity. Then Dr. Bakkar, discusses how the tear film changes when a patient is wearing contact lenses leading to dry eye disease. We also discuss how the contact lens actually affects the meibomian glands. This allows us to understand how a patient with meibomian gland disease would present itself and how best can we assess them.

1. Symptoms (16:15​)

2. Dry eye assessment (16:42​)

3. Signs (17:12​)

4. Differential diagnosis (18:40​)

5. Meibomian Gland assessment (20:00​)

a. Meibomian gland expressibility (20:28​)

b. Meibography (21:04​)

c. Interferometry (22:00​)

d. Blink and lid margin assessment (22:40​)

6. Management of meibomian gland dysfunction (23:12​)

Lastly, Dr. Bakkar summarizes her talks and the session ends with a Q and A for the live audience.



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2020 IACLE Course

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