What are dry eyes?
Dry eyes are a very common condition which can range from mild to severe. If the tear film of the eye is disrupted, and / or if the cornea becomes less healthy due to poor or insufficient tears, then blurred vision and uncomfortable eyes can result.
There are many causes of dry eye, including age, blepharitis or meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), hormonal changes such as post menopause, medications, excess conjunctival tissue on the surface of the eye, auto-immune conditions e.g. Sjögren’s syndrome, or simply primary dry eyes with no cause identified.
When your eyes are dry you may experience: persistent eye “fatigue”, a pressure feeling behind the eyes, watering eyes, gritty eyes, itchy eyes, blurred vision and recurrent corneal infections or erosions.
Treatment for dry eye is rarely a “quick fix” and dry eyes are generally not cured but managed. With a holistic approach you can eventually have comfortable eyes and good vision again.
Artificial tears, also called lubricants or lubricating drops, are the mainstay of treatment and will work to both relieve your symptoms and also to improve the overall health of your tears.
Drink water! Remember that if you are dehydrated, your eyes will be as well. Make sure you drink plenty of water and avoid excessive tea and coffee.
Treat blepharitis/meibomian gland dysfunction – this will help improve the quality of your tears. Warm compresses and lid massage can help. Thorough removal of makeup is important. Take Omega-3 oil such as fish oil.
Control your environment! The environment around you plays a very important role in dry eye treatment. Wind, fans, cold air-conditioning and warm heating all have a drying effect, which means that you will have excessive evaporation of your tears.
Remember to blink regularly when doing extended periods of computer of other near tasks.
Blephasteam is an in-office eyelid warming device used to relieve symptoms of meibomian gland dysfunction and associated diseases. The treatment involves wearing the Blephasteam googles for 15 mins, creating a ‘heat chamber’ environment which allows the solidified oils that are blocking the glands in the eyelids to soften.
By unblocking the meibomian glands, tear quality is improved, which in turn has positive benefits for eye health, vision and comfort.
It is recommended that this treatment is repeated 2-3 times, depending on the severity on the condition. These sessions will be 1 month apart for optimum ongoing maintenance. You will then have a follow up appointment 1 month after your final treatment.
BlephEx® involves a small spinning sponge being run along the edge of your eyelids and lashes. This process effectively removes built up bacteria and mites (Demodex), similar to a dental clean removing built up plaque.
The procedure lasts around 6-8 minutes and most patients report a tickling sensation.
It is difficult to effectively clean eyelid margins at home. BlephEx eliminates the causes of blepharitis, meaning the overall health of the eyelid is improved. Patients can produce more of the own tears, hence reducing the reliance on lubricating eye drops.
It is recommended that this combined treatment is repeated 2-3 times, depending on the severity on the condition. These sessions will be 1 month apart for optimum ongoing maintenance. You will then have a follow up appointment 1 month after your final treatment.
To make a booking for a consultation or procedure, contact us.
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