A report on meibomian gland dysfunction, which is a major cause of lid disease and evaporative dry eye, has been published.
This first global consensus report on the condition can be seen in a special issue of the Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science journal.
The report was compiled following a two-year workshop that involved more than 50 leading clinical and basic research experts from around the world.
A worldwide definition for meibomian gland dysfunction was created: "[It] is a chronic, diffuse abnormality of the meibomian glands, commonly characterised by terminal duct obstruction and/or qualitative/quantitative changes in the glandular secretion."
The condition can result in a change in the tear film as well as symptoms of eye irritation, inflammation and disease of the surface of the eye.
Last month, Sarah Zerbib, head of marketing and PR at the International Glaucoma Association, said detecting eye disease at an early stage is highly important.
by Adrian Galbreth