Azasite for MGD
meibomian gland dysfunction is a super common form of blepharitis or eyelid margin inflammation. i see at least a few cases a week, some of them I classify as "raging". blepharitis & MGD can be responsible for all of the following symptoms & more:
BURNING...probably the #2 cause of burning behind dry eye
frequent stye formation
loss of eyelashes
traditionally the treatment for both MGD & other forms of blepharitis have been warm compresses & "lid scrubs" like you see up top (Ocusoft brand...thats my favorite).
I still think lid scrubs is the best way to treat MGD. however for some patients lid scrubs aren't enough, and some patients aren't coordinated enough or compliant enough to reliably do eyelid cleansing.
well now studies show that a macrolide antibiotic eyedrop called Azasite works well to treat MGD. antibiotic eyedrops in general usually don't work well against MGD & bleph, but Azasite does b/c of its inherent anti-inflammatory properties as well as its ability to modify eyelid metabolism & oil-secretion function.
I have yet to Rx Azasite for MGD, but after reading about it more today, I'm going to try it for my next "raging" case of meibomian gland dysfunction.