What is “Dry Eye?”
The tears your eyes normally produce are necessary for overall eye health and clear vision. Dry eye occurs when your eyes do not produce enough tears or if the quality of the tears is altered. The most common symptoms of dry eye include blurred vision, irritation and wateriness of the eyes.
What causes Dry Eye?
Dry eye symptoms can result from the normal ageing process, exposure to environmental conditions, problems with normal blinking or from medications such as antihistamines, oral contraceptives or antidepressants.
One of the most common causes of dry eye is Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD). Meibomian glands are located in the eyelids and are responsible in producing healthy clear oils for the tear film. These oils are vital in maintaining stability of the tear film, and in turn the moisture of the eyes. People with dry eyes often have blockages in these glands which results in the glands to produce a thick toothpaste-like substance rather than healthy clear droplets of oil.
How is Dry Eye diagnosed?
During the examination, your optometrist will ask you questions about your general health, your use of medications and your home and work environments to determine any factors which may be causing dry eye symptoms. We perform a thorough assessment of the quality of the tears and meibomian glands in order to develop an individually targeted treatment plan to overcome this disease.
What treatments are available for Dry Eye?
Every treatment plan for dry eyes is unique to each patient depending on the severity and cause of their dry eyes.
We provide the latest technology in treating dry eyes, such as E-Eye treatments. E-Eye treatments are light based treatments which stimulate the blocked glands, which relieve dry eye symptoms and helps restore the function of the glands. Each treatment only takes several minutes and are applied to the lower eyelids. Most people will require several treatments over a 2 – 3 month period by the Optometrist. The Dry Eye Assessment will help us assess a patient’s suitability for this treatment.