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What is Dry Eyes & Dry Eye Syndrome?

Introduction

Dry eyes occur when the eyes either don’t make enough tears, or the quality of the tears produced is reduced. This is due to our tears evaporating too quickly from surface of eye or blockage of glands on lid margin.

 

What are the symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome?

 

  • Foreign body sensation/feels like something is in the eyes
  • Eyes feel ‘gritty’ – often worse in the mornings
  • Blurred vision
  • Burning sensation in eyes
  • Irritable eyelids
  • Light sensitivity
  • Redness of the whites of the eyes
  • Painful eyes
  • Excessive watering

 

What Causes Dry eye syndrome?

Age
Hot dry or windy climates
Inflammatory diseases
Computer use

 

What are the treatments for Dry Eye?

Lid Margin Hygiene

If the underlying cause is blepharitis/lid margin disease, treating this can often improve the ocular surface and reduce symptoms. The use of an eyebag or lid care wipes will help to alleviate these issues.

Lubricants

Regular use of  appropriate drops can helpthe lubricate the eyes, thus reducing symptoms. .

‘Think Blink’

When doing concentrated work (eg using a computer or driving), we can blink up to 5 times less often, leading to increased tear evaporation. Remembering to blink more often can help keep the eye surface wet.

 

For a dry eye consultation or more information please contact us

 

 

 

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