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Study ties loss of meibomian glands to diabetes risk

A study involving 120 patients presenting with dry eye found that those with diabetes had 51.54% loss of meibomian glands compared with 11.29% among those without diabetes, and that a high level of A1C was tied to greater meibomian gland loss. The findings, presented at the virtual Endocrine Society Annual Meeting, were based on data obtained through infrared imaging of the participants' eyelids using professional imaging equipment, but researcher Gloria Wu noted that evaluating the number of meibomian glands could also be done with newer smartphones capable of taking black-and-white infrared photos.

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