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October 1969

The Oils of the Meibomian Glands: Physical and Surface Characteristics

Author Affiliations

New York; Paris
From the Cornea Research Laboratory, New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical College, New York (Dr. Brown), and the Department of Biophysics, University of Paris, (Dr. Dervichian).

Arch Ophthalmol. 1969;82(4):537-540. doi:10.1001/archopht.1969.00990020539019

The meibomian gland oils were found to be insoluble in water and could not be hydrated. These oils, when warmed to body temperature, could spread to form a thick multimolecular film which could not retard evaporation.

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