Relation between contact lens wear and Meibomian gland dysfunction

Optom Vis Sci. 1996 Mar;73(3):208-10. doi: 10.1097/00006324-199603000-00015.


This study attempted to determine whether contact lens wear has any adverse effect on the Meibomian glands. The study also tried to elucidate the prevalence of Meibomian gland dysfunction in the general population. The results of the study showed that Meibomian gland dysfunction exists in 43% of the population (lens wearers and nonlens wearers), 49% of the contact lens wearing population (81 subjects), and 39% of nonlens wearers (150 subjects). No statistically significant difference was found in the prevalence of Meibomian gland dysfunction between healthy contact lens wearers and the control group of nonlens wearers. The study therefore could not prove that contact lens wear is a contributing factor to Meibomian gland dysfunction.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Contact Lenses / adverse effects*
  • Eyelid Diseases / epidemiology
  • Eyelid Diseases / etiology*
  • Eyelid Diseases / physiopathology
  • Humans
  • Meibomian Glands / physiopathology
  • Prevalence