Meibomian Glands

Diagram of Conjunctiva, Lacrimal Gland, and mucus, water and oil layers of Tear Film in the eye

Meibomian glands are oil glands along the edge of the eyelids where the eyelashes are found. These glands make oil that is an important part of the eye’s tears. The oily layer is the outside of the tear film that keeps tears from drying up too quickly.

A number of eye problems can involve the meibomian glands. These include:

  • Blepharitis
  • Dry Eye
  • Sjögren’s Syndrome