Meibomite (internal stye, inflammation of the meibomian glands)

Name: Meibomite (internal stye, inflammation of the meibomian glands)


Meibomeitis is an inflammation of the meibomian glands of the cartilage of the eyelids, due to the penetration and development of coccal flora in them. It happens acute and chronic.

Atchronic meibomitis is observed redness and thickening of the edge of the eyelids. Through the hyperemic and infiltrated conjunctiva in the area of ​​the cartilage of the eyelids, enlarged and thickened yellowish meibomian glands shine through. At the ciliary margin and in the corners of the eyelids, yellowish-grayish crusts form (due to hypersecretion of the meibomian glands). In the light of a slit lamp in the intramarginal space of the edge of the eyelid, dilated orifices of the meibomian glands are visible. The altered secret of the meibomian glands, getting into the conjunctival cavity, causes chronic conjunctivitis.

Acute meibomeitis is clinically similar to barley. However, the pathological process is not located at the edge of the eyelid, but in the depths of the cartilage, which is visible when the eyelid is everted. Spontaneous opening is likely from the side of the conjunctiva. If necessary, a surgical opening is also performed from the side of the conjunctiva, but always along the course of the meibomian glands.

Of great importance in the prevention of meibomitis is the periodic extrusion of the secretion of the meibomian glands by massaging the edge of the eyelids with a glass rod. 

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