Dry Eye Treatment
Also known as Dry Eye Disease (DED), Dry Eye Syndrome (DES) occurs when the eyes are not producing enough tears, or when tears evaporate too rapidly. When this happens, the eyes can dry out or become swollen.
What causes Dry Eye Syndrome?
This condition can occur when the tear production process is disturbed in some way. There are a host of possible causes for this, although a single definitive cause is rarely identified.
What are common causes of this condition?
- Contact lens use
- Continued exposure to a hot or windy climate
- Pre-existing eye conditions such as blepharitis (inflammation of the lids) or meibomianitis (inflammation of the oil producing glands)
- Pre-existing medical conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriasis, Thyroid eye disease, Sjoren’s syndrome.
- Side effects from certain medications.
- Hormonal change, for instance menopause.
Who does Dry Eye Syndrome affect?
It can affect people of all ages, however up to a third of those aged 65 and above may have Dry Eye Syndrome, and the condition is more common amongst women.
- Sensation of dryness, grittiness or soreness which worsens throughout the day
- Mild sensitivity to light
- Slightly blurred vision
- Typically both eyes are affected
What treatment for Dry Eye Syndrome is used at Optimax ?
An Optometrist will recommend treatment according to the severity of your Dry Eye condition, and may vary or combine treatments according to the results achieved.
Typically, treatment will begin with Lifestyle adjustment advice in conjunction with lid therapy and artificial tear/gel supplements.
Depending on the success of this treatment approach, your Optometrist may then recommend:
- Punctum Plugs (either permanent or semi-permanent)
- Anti - Inflammatory medication
What can I expect from Dry Eye Management Treatment at Optimax?
- A comprehensive consultation and eye examination
- Assessment of your dry eye condition
- Recommended treatment plan to effectively manage your condition
- Monitoring your progress at follow-up appointments
How long will it take to remedy my Dry Eye condition?
The time it takes to return your eyes to their normal state will vary according to the severity of your Dry Eye condition. In some cases this may take time but we will make every effort to manage your symptoms successfully.
Your Consultation at Optimax
To book your appointment, please call 0800 093 1110.