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Dry Eye

Our specicalist clinic

Eye care is not just about seeing clearly; it’s also about feeling comfortable and maintaining the health of your eyes. That’s why we’re excited to introduce our specialist Dry Eye Clinic, dedicated to addressing the discomfort and challenges associated with this common yet often misunderstood condition.

Dry eye syndrome occurs when your eyes don’t produce enough tears or when the quality of your tears is compromised. Tears are crucial for maintaining the health of the front surface of the eye and for providing clear vision. When the tear film is inadequate, it can lead to a range of symptoms and potential complications.

Common causes of dry eye include ageing, hormonal changes, environmental factors such as dry or windy conditions, prolonged screen time, certain medications, and underlying health conditions like autoimmune diseases. These factors can disrupt the delicate balance needed for optimal tear quality resulting in dry, irritated eyes.

Symptoms of dry eye can vary from person to person but often include:

  1. Stinging or burning sensation: You may experience a gritty, scratchy feeling in your eyes, as if there’s something foreign in them.
  2. Redness: Dry eyes can appear bloodshot or irritated.
  3. Blurry vision: Your vision may intermittently blur, affecting your ability to focus.
  4. Sensitivity to light: Bright lights may become uncomfortable, causing glare or excessive watering.
  5. Eye fatigue: Especially after prolonged activities like reading or using digital devices.
  6. Excessive watering: Paradoxically, some people with dry eye may experience watery eyes as the body attempts to compensate for the lack of moisture.

Recognising these symptoms is crucial for seeking timely treatment and relief. Our Dry Eye Clinic offers specialised diagnostics and personalised treatment plans to address your unique needs. 

 

Dry Eye Consultation

The tear film is a complex structure and needs to be correctly assessed before treatment can be targeted to stop dryness at the root cause. Therefore we recommend a dry eye consultation.

During your dry eye consultation the optometrist will conduct a comprehensive assessment of your condition using a range of diagnostic tests, before creating a bespoke treatment plan. This could take the form of using specialist products and/or receiving one of our treatment procedures carried out in practice.

The dry eye consultation is included in our Eyecare Plan. 

Treatment

We have a variety of effective treatments to alleviate your symptoms and improve the health of your eyes. Depending on the severity and underlying causes of your dry eye, we may recommend a combination of therapies tailored to your individual needs.

This could include the use of specialised eye drops or gels to replenish moisture and lubricate the eyes, providing relief from discomfort and irritation whilst addressing the key factors contributing to dry eyes; strengthening the lipid layer, maintaining tear film stability and preventing excessive dryness. Other treatments that can be used at home include heat masks to help improve oil gland function and enhance tear film quality. As part of your treatment plan we can facilitate a regular supply of drops sent straight to your home, making management of symptoms as convenient as possible for you. 

We may also recommend a treatment carried out by one of our optometrists in practice, such as NuLids or ZEST. These are comfortable and effective treatments, excellent for managing moderate to severe symptoms. 

NuLids

The NuLids System is an FDA registered device that uses an oscillating, silicone head to gently stimulate and clean the meibomian glands located in the eyelids. These glands are responsible for producing the important lipid layer of the eye’s tear film. If the glands are blocked the lipid layer cannot flow effectively. 

It has been shown that proper care and maintenance of the eyelids results in an improvement of the discomforts caused by Dry Eye Disease, Blepharitis, Demodex, and Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. When not taken care of, these conditions are often chronic and can worsen over time. NuLids is proven to be safe and effective for removal of the biofilm and ‘scurf’ that block the meibomian glands.

NuLids is a quick, pain free and comfortable procedure that offers instant relief from dry eye symptoms and with repeated use is shown to effectively manage the condition. 

ZEST (Zocular Eyelid System Technology)

ZEST is a deep cleansing treatment of the eyelids and lashes. 

The gradual accumulation of oil, bacteria, mites, and debris generates inflammation along our eyelid margins that not only damages the eyelid itself but also affects the surface of the eye, causing blurriness, grittiness, dryness, and redness – hallmarks of dry eye syndrome.

ZEST uses a patented gel derived from fresh okra and specially-made soft applicators to thoroughly cleanse the eyelids. Firstly, a special gel is applied to the eyelid margin and lashes using a specialised cleaning swab. Using this swab, the optometrist will work the gel into a circular motion until it becomes a lather. This lather is then rinsed away with saline solution. Swelling and inflammation can start to reduce immediately, and itchiness and soreness are soothed.

Our optometrist will be happy to advise on how many treatments they recommend to help you achieve the maximum improvement in your symptoms. 

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