About LIME


An introduction to the Group’s members


Reiko Arita

Reiko Arita

Department of Ophthalmology, Itoh Clinic

I strive every day to get more people interested in and to tell more people about “oil in tears” (it’s a topic I’m passionate about).
My dream is, along with my 6 friends, to widely expand a host of information on various aspects of meibomian gland dysfunction.


Motoko Kawashima

Department of Ophthalmology, Keio University School of Medicine

I routinely see patients and I am conducting research in order to ascertain the pathology of meibomian gland dysfunction and to develop new treatments. I am endeavoring to help patients benefit from my findings.

Shizuka Koh

Shizuka Koh

Department of Ophthalmology, Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine

I am interested in the surface of the eye and vision. The ocular surface needs to be in good condition in order to see clearly, and the meibomian glands are a key component of vision. I am examining and exploring various aspects of meibomian glands.

Rika Shirakawa

Rika Shirakawa

Department of Ophthalmology, University of Tokyo School of Medicine

I am conducting basic and clinical research on the meibomian glands. I am examining the meibomian glands of various people, both young and old and male and female. I seek to ascertain the causes of eye and eyelid problems and I am searching for better treatments.

Takashi Suzuki

Takashi Suzuki

Ishizuchi EYE Clinic

I am examining the relationship between the eye and microorganisms. The eyelids have normal bacterial flora, and I think those flora might be related to conditions affecting the meibomian glands. I am striving to explain the microbiology of the meibomian glands.


Naoyuki Morishige

Ohshima Eye Hospital

My specialty is the cornea (the clear covering over the front surface of the eye). The eyelid and cornea are two types of tissue that are closely related, and diseases of the eyelids are often related to diseases of the cornea.
Tears are also closely related to the eyelids and they come in contact with the cornea. Tears are related to diseases of the cornea. When the other members of the Working Group are talking about diseases of the eyelids and tears, I hope to serve as “Mr. Cornea.”