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Over the past few years, there seems to be an explosion of attention given to meibomian gland dysfunction/disease (MGD). First described by Dr. Donald Korb and associates (what’s new? He has brought us GPC, lid wiper epitheliopathy, and a host of contact lens designs and ophthalmic instruments and products over the years), MGD has been suggested to be the main cause of dry eye that we see in clinical practice on a daily basis. Primary eye care practitioners have been bombarded with eye drops, pharmaceutical options, home therapies and in-office treatments for MGD. It is no wonder that ECPs often experience “deer in the headlights” syndrome regarding the best way to approach MGD. What treatment is most effective? What order of intervention should I take? Is there an algorithm that I can follow? How much of what is out there is evidence-based with solid science behind it?

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S. Barry Eiden, OD, FAAO
Associate Editor, Cornea & Anterior Segment for odsonfb.com. Dr. Eiden is president and medical director of North Suburban Vision Consultants, Ltd., a multi-specialty group practice with 2 locations in the Chicago area. He is president and founder of the International Keratoconus Academy of Eye Care Professionals, an organization providing education and research to the eye care professions. Dr. Eiden is also co-founder and president of EyeVis Eye and Vision Research Institute, which is dedicated to clinical research and development of technologies in the eye care field. Dr. Eiden is an assistant clinical professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center in the Department of Ophthalmology, Cornea and Contact Lens Service and an adjunct faculty member of the Indiana, Illinois, Salus, SUNY and UMSL Colleges of Optometry. He is on the editorial board of numerous professional journals and frequently publishes in the professional literature. Dr.Eiden is Past Chair of the American Optometric Association’s Contact Lens and Cornea Section. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Eiden is a research consultant for numerous contact lens, technology and pharmaceutical companies and lectures extensively both nationally and internationally.

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