Dry eye is a common eye condition affecting one in four people in the UK and is more likely to affect women more than men. This includes problems on the eye lids including Styes, Blepharitis (redness and swelling of the eye lids) and Meibomian Gland Dysfunction.
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What is Dry Eye?
The normal tear fluid that lubricates the eyes is made up of three layers – an oily (lipid) layer, a watery (aqueous) layer, and a sticky (mucous) layer – and these normal tears are what prevent our eyes from feeling dry. People with Dry Eye either don’t make enough normal (lubricating) tears or the ones that they make are of poor quality, causing the tears to dry up too quickly and the front of the eye to become dry and irritated. As a result, Dry Eye can be uncomfortable and many describe a “gritty” sensation or even experience watery eyes.
Some medications and general health conditions can cause Dry Eye as a side effect, such as autoimmune diseases and hormonal changes. The condition is also more common in windy, cold, dry and dusty surroundings as well as in environments where Air Conditioning or central heating is used. Alternatively, extensive work on a computer or smartphone for long periods of time without a break may also make your eyes feel dry.
Dry Eye Treatment
At Visual Answers Optometrists we have carried out specialist treatments for Dry Eye for over 10 years. We will thoroughly examine your eyes whilst also taking a holistic view of the lifestyle issues that can exacerbate your Dry Eye symptoms.This includes effective diagnosis, advice and treatment with industry leading products for Dry Eye. Treatment can be given to problems such as eye lid margin disease associated with Dry Eye such as Styes, Blepharitis and Meibomian Gland Dysfunction.
90 Day Dry Eye Treatment Programme
Our 90 day Dry Eye Treatment Programme is a plan that is individualised for you. The products we recommend are industry leading and are used by many Dry Eye specialists for the effective treatment of symptoms which include: dry, red and gritty eyes, blurred vision, itchy, swollen, watery eyes as well as light sensitive eyes.
There are many factors that can cause Dry Eye:
● Environmental factors (including pollen)
● Hormonal Medication such as HRT
● The use of Antihistamines
● Contact Lens related Dry Eye problems
● Post- Corneal or Post – Cataract surgery
● Post- Lasik Surgery
● Reactions caused by allergies
● Poor blink rates
● Computer use, watching TV, central heating, air pollution, reaction to excessive dryness as well as modern living
See our specialist website on Dry Eye Dry Eye Treatment (https://www.dryeyestreatment.co.uk) for more information.
Relief from Blepharitis
Visual Answers also offer a pain free in-office treatment for Blepharitis. This reduces the excess bacteria and toxins living along the lash margins of your eyelids that can cause redness, inflammation, dryness and disease. BlephEx is a painless procedure using a hand-held device which uses a medical-grade disposable micro-sponge along the edge of your eyelids and lashes. BlephEx takes 7-8 minutes to remove flakes, debris, biofilm and toxins to clean and exfoliate your eyelids. A full treatment normally also includes the use of heat and steam therapy for about 10 minutes also. After the procedure we will provide you with maintenance instructions to ensure lid-hygiene that helps ensure your eye lids remain clean and healthy and that your eye lid glands work efficiently and thereby reduce redness, irritation and dry eye. Re-treats are normally recommended every 6 months.