A: A common complaint I get around this time of year is watery eyes. In addition, your eyes are generally red and feel irritated. This could be a form of DRY EYE called Meibomian Glad Dysfunction or MGD.

Some of our tears come from our lids, and it is these tears that keep moisture on your eyes. When the eyelid glands get plugged, they do not secrete and the moisture “falls out of our eyes” onto our face. Essentially the tears in your eyelids should be like oil and instead, they are thick, almost like toothpaste. 

The easiest way to combat this is warm compresses with a Bruder Mask. Heat the mask in the microwave for 20 seconds and set it on your closed eyes for 10 minutes. It will turn the “toothpaste” back into oil and keep the moisture on your eyes! Do this 4-5 days a week and you will notice a difference.If you have any questions or comments, please send an email to drlillie@allendalefamilyvision.com.