Dry Eye means that your eyes may not be making enough tears, that the tears which are being produced are of poor quality or that the tears that are produced evaporate away.
The normal function of tears is to keep the surface of the eye wet and lubricated so any shortage of tears or reduction in their quality can produce a gritty, burning sensation of the eyes and can also disturb vision.
The symptoms of Dry Eye syndrome may include:
Burning, stinging or itching
Irritation from wind or smoke
Blurred or smeary vision
Contact lens discomfort
What are the causes of Dry Eye?
Dry environment and pollution
Contact lens wear
Hormonal changes, especially in women e.g. menopause
Certain types of medications. (CAUTION: do not alter or adjust your prescribed medicines without discussing with your Doctor). Your optometrist or Doctor can advise of any known links between medicines and Dry Eye.
The Dry Eye Clinic
This specialist clinic has been introduced to deal with widespread problem of 'dry eye'.
At the dry eye clinic the many different causes of dry eye will be carefully investigated and appropriate management determined. Our specialist service will assess the symptoms, undertake a detailed examination of the eyes, then recommend the latest eye drops, eye lid hygiene, heat and massage treatments to alleviate the discomfort associated with dry eye.
Following up appointments are also scheduled to fine tune the treatment plan for a period of up to three months. As this service is not covered by the NHS a professional fee will be charged.
An up-to-date eyesight test is required, so call us to make an appointment today.
Some examples of the conditions that an eye exam can detect:
Your eyes burn, sting, feel gritty or are sensitive to light.
Foreign body sensation
You feel as if you have something in your eye.
Bloodshot eyes always indicate a problem. It may be dryness.
Your eyes seem to tire easily, especially when reading, watching television and using a computer.
Uncomfortable contact lenses
Reduced contact lens wear time.
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