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Ocular surface inflammation impairs structure and function of meibomian gland.

Exp Eye Res. 2017 Oct;163:78-84

Authors: Mizoguchi S, Iwanishi H, Arita R, Shirai K, Sumioka T, Kokado M, Jester JV, Saika S

Abstract
Dysfunction of the meibomian glands alters secreted meibum quantitatively and qualitatively that can lead to damage to the ocular surface epithelium. In response to an unstable tear film cause by meibomian gland dysfunction, ocular surface epithelium is damaged and expresses inflammatory cytokines leading to secondary ocular inflammation. In turn, inflammatory disorders of the palpebral conjunctiva and lid margin may affect the structure and function of meibomian gland. The disorders include allergic conjunctivitis, long-term usage of contact lenses, dermatological diseases that affect conjunctival homeostasis, Stevens-Johnson's syndrome or chemical burning of the ocular surface and lid margin.

PMID: 28950941 [PubMed - in process]

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