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Revista Cubana de Oftalmología

Print version ISSN 0864-2176On-line version ISSN 1561-3070


CARDENAS DIAZ, Taimí et al. Permeabilizing probing for the treatment of obstructive meibonian gland dysfunction. Rev Cubana Oftalmol [online]. 2014, vol.27, n.2, pp.301-310. ISSN 0864-2176.

Dry eye is one of the main eye surface diseases that make people go to the ophthalmological service. Seventy percent of patients with such diagnosis present with some type of symptoms related to the meibonian gland disease and its control with the regular treatments remains a problem. Hot pads and washing using shampoo for children give temporary relief, but are generally the patients do not comply with them for a long period of time. Another approach is the meibonian gland expression, which is uncomfortable and the treatment should be repeated more than once. Hence, the surgical probing seems to be a good alternative. Probing with Maskin probes introduced in 2009 is a new therapeutic variant which, according to the authors, had not been practiced in Cuba before. The lack of this type of probes in Cuba was the main incentive for their design in order to create permeabilization of the excretory ducts in the obstructive meibonian gland dysfunction, and to implement this technique. The devise was built with the resources of the lab prototype shop, taking the anatomical characteristics of the glandular system into consideration. The probes are presently used on a regular basis by ophthalmologists with encouraging results as in the reported cases.

Keywords : obstructive dysfunction; meibonian glands; intraductal probing.

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