The problem with dry eyes
Dry eyes have less than normal moisture on the eye surface, either caused by a lack of tears or by poor tear quality. Patients with contact lenses often experience dry eyes too, due to less blinking. Dry eye can also be caused by staring at mobile devices or computer screens for long periods of time. There is a vicious circle as poor blinking leads to poor meibomian gland flow and worsening of tear quality. Tears are necessary to lubricate and nourish the surface of the eye and wash away particles and foreign bodies. They are also needed for clear vision, as with each eyelid blink, tears are spread across the cornea, which nourishes and helps maintain corneal smoothness, keeping vision clear.
Treating dry eyes
Treatment can depend on the type of dry eyes you suffer from.
Mild dry eyes are treated with over the counter artificial tear solutions, preferably preservative-free. Your oculoplastic surgeon can advise o the specific type and name of drops to use depending on the findings on examination.
Blepharitis and meibomian gland dysfunction:
Dry eyes associated with blepharitis and meibomian gland dysfunction are treated by addressing the underlying lid disease.
What you can expect from dry eyes treatment?
We assess the degree and cause of your dry eyes then make an individualised treatment plan addressing the eyelids, the tears, your diet, as daily self help at home and adjunctive treatments to help you, at Clinica London. With treatment, eyes should return to normal comfort, with clearer vision, producing regular tears and lubrication.
Talk to us about your options on 020 7935 7990
The best way to figure out whether this is something for you is to give us a call. We can answer any questions you have and help you clarify which treatment options are best for you.