Dry Eye Assessment
Many patients suffer from Dry Eye Syndrome to s greater or lesser degree. It is not usually serious I or sight threatening but the symptoms can be very debilitating. The most common cause is aging but it can also be caused by certain medical conditions such as Sjogrens Disease, allergic eye diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and thyroid disorders. It’s caused by a reduction in either the quantity or quality of the tears, and symptoms usually include sore, itchy eyes, blurred vision, and surprisingly watery eyes due to reflex tearing caused by the physical discomfort. Prolonged screen use can exacerbate dry eyes because of slowing of the blink rate when concentrating. Eyelid conditions such as Blepharitis or Meibomium Gland Disfunction are also associated with dry eyes.
A standard NHS or private eye examination will reveal dry eye but we also offer a dedicated dry eye assessment which investigates the causes and recommends the best options for treatment.
Generally speaking, there is no current permanent cure for dry eye syndrome, but there are many things you can do to minimise the problem:
- Clean your eyelids every day. Blepharoclean or blepharosol are both very useful in this respect.
- Take breaks to rest your eyes when using a computer screen.
- Make sure your computer screen is just below eye level.
- Use a humidifier to stop the air getting dry.
- If you wear contact lenses, take them out and wear spectacles, especially for computer work.
- Smoke or drink too much alcohol.
- Spend too long in dry, dusty or smoky places.
- Spend too long in air conditioned or heated rooms.
We will happily answers any queries or book you in for an eye examination or Dry Eye assessment. Request an appointment now.