Meibography is a specilaised technique that involves using infrared light to illuminate and visulise the meibomian glands drectly through the eye lid surface tissue. Using this information, it is possible to classify the type of dry eye a person suffers from and also the severity of the condition. Ongoing monitoring for any worsening of dry eye is possible through photodocumenting the meibomian glands and the reviewing these images over time.
The meibomian glands have a vital role in ensuing the eyes feel comfortable and lubricated throughout the day. The benefit of being able to view the meibomian glands directly below the skin tissue of the lids is for the assessment of severity meibomian gland dysfunction and also whether improvement is gained through specific treatment.