Reply| Volume 46, ISSUE 2, 101818, April 2023

Risk associated with treatments for meibomian gland dysfunction

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      We would like to begin by thanking Professor McMonnies for taking an interest in our recent work on hot towel warm compress treatment for meibomian gland dysfunction [
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      ]. We value the input and comments presented in his Letter and concur that the management of periods with elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) is important to bear in mind when advising patients with ocular surface disease.
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          The comprehensive review of meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) treatment using hot towel applications to the eyelids by Magno and coauthors [1] concluded that “long-term treatment appears to be safe as long as the towels are not heated beyond safe limits or applied with excessive force”. Another recent review of other methods used to treat MGD (specifically, using devices that direct heat and/or pressure to the eyelids, as well as intense pulsed light treatment combined with gland expression), by Bzovey and Ngo [2] concluded that “these methods were generally safe to use”.
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