Treatment: Dry Eyes 2017-10-11T09:54:14+00:00

Clinica London Tears Clinic – The Dry Eye Clinic

  • Conditions Treated

    Dry Eyes

  • Treatable Areas

    Eye, Eyelid

  • Prices

    Contact the clinic for more information about prices.

  • Practitioner

    Doctor

  • Downtime

    Variable depending on treatment

  • Your Specialist

Jane Olver

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
Eyelid & Lacrimal Specialist

More about specialist

Have comfortable eyes again

Millions in the UK have tired, gritty sore or red eyes.

At Clinica London we have a Dry Eye Clinic, called the Clinica Tears Clinic which is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of dry eye, blepharitis and meibomian gland dysfunction which often co-exist.

The Clinica Tears Clinic is run by Miss Jane Olver, with the help of nurses.

We call it the Tears Clinic because people with dry eyes have a problem with their tears; either they are not producing enough tears or their tears are of poor quality and rapidly evaporating. Also patients with dry eyes often get reflex watering and sometimes the watering can be so bad that we have to check the tear ducts are functioning normally.

We offer full assessment, diagnosis and treatment. Treatment is a combination of:

  • Self care at home – Heating, massage, cleaning and lubrication
  • Medication – antibiotic drops, tablets, anti-inflammatory drops or oitment
  • Adjunctive treatments at Clinica with MiBo ThermaFlo, BlephEx and TeaTree oil

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.

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Treatment:

Dry eyes can be treated medically or surgically depending on its severity.

At Clinica London we have a specific Dry Eye Clinic run by Miss Jane Olver, with the assistance of the Clinica nurses.

We call it the Tears Clinic because people with dry eyes have a problem with their tears; either they are not producing enough tears or their tears are of poor quality and rapidly evaporating. Also patients with dry eyes often get reflex watering and sometimes the watering is so bad that we have to check the tear ducts are functioning normally.

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.

Medical treatment of dry eyes

Addition of tear supplements and treating any underlying blepharitis or meibomian gland dysfunction is the mainstay of medical treatment. There is a plethera of available lubricating eyedrops and gels and eyelid heating, massage and cleaning options for home self care use, as well as medically prescribed drops and antibiotics, with adjunctive treatments in the Tears Clinic such as MiBo ThermoFlo and BlephEx to help the meibomian glands and lid margins.

Aqueous Tears:

Mild dry eyes are treated with over the counter artificial tear solutions, preferably preservative-free. Your oculoplastic surgeon can advise on the specific type and name of drops to use depending on the findings on examination. Lubricating eye drops can be put in as often as every 15 -30 minutes, providing they do not contain preservatives, or as little as twice a day in a mild dry eye, depending on patient symptoms. Eye ointment is very effective but can blur the vision for a few minutes after, and may be preferable for night-time use.

Persistant dry eyes may need thicker gels or need the tears conserving with minor surgery.

Blepharitis and meibomian gland dysfunction:

Dry eyes associated with blepharitis and meibomian gland dysfunction are treated by addressing the underlying lid disease.

Other conditions:

More serious conditions affecting the conjunctiva and resulting in severe dry eye include Sjogrens syndrome, Stevens Johnson syndrome, ocular pemphigoid, may also need systemic oral therapy by their physician.

Reducing or avoiding dry eyes:

Self care at home:

  • Blink regularly when reading or staring at a computer screen or watching a film in the cinema for a long time.
  • Increase air humidity at work and at home with a humidifier.
  • Wear sunglasses outdoors to reduce exposure to wind and sun.
  • Use omega 3 rich nutritional supplements or eating foods containing essential fatty acid
  • Avoid dehydration by drinking plenty of water each day
  • Hot compresses and eyelid massage with hot flannel
  • Heating the eyelids with a heated eye bag or mask
  • Topical Lubricant drops and gels

Medical prescription:

  • Topical and oral antibiotics as prescribed for between 2 weeks and 8 months

Adjunctive treatments done in the Clinica Tears Clinic:

  • Heating the eyelids with MiBoThermoFlo to help unblock the meibomian gland
  • Lid margin gentle deep cleaning with BlephEx which removes the plaque like debris
  • Teatree Oil treatment

Surgical conservation of tears

Occlusion of the tiny tearduct openings at the inner corner of the eyelids (the puncta), e.g. silicone punctal plugs (permanent) or gel cannalicular plugs (dissolvable). Silicone punctal plugs can be inserted under local anaesthesia, only requiring anaesthetic eye drops. The punctum is gently dilated and then the plug slipped in. Occasionally a small injection of local anaesthesia is needed to enable the plug to go in painlessly.

Punctal cautery is a surgical procedure which permanently closes the punctal openings. This is done under local anaesthsia in a minor operating theatre.

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Video: Treatment options for dry eyes explained

What our patients say

“Dr Jane Olver was fantastic! She was so caring and sweet and it was clear that she knew what she was doing – very professional! I am absolutely over the moon with my results now!”
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“If you have a similar problem, Jane Olver is your woman – I wish I had found her at the start. I will be forever grateful for her care and expertise.”
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“From the moment I met her to the moment I left, I was treated with great courtesy and kindness, and everything was explained to me in layman’s terms so I could fully understand my condition. I was immensely impressed.”
Paul
“Many thanks to Mr Khan. His prompt diagnosis and explanation was very reassuring indeed.”
Heather M.
“Just keep up the good work Dr Khan. My wife, who accompanied me, and I were both very impressed by the care and consideration shown by the whole team when I had surgery. I just hope they haven’t lost the knack by the time I get my other eye fixed. joking apart the care of this team has made it a wonderful experience for me.”
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“Dear Professor Michel Michaelides , Thank you very much for your letter of the 4th September 2012. Ths means so very much to myself and Victor, during this terrible stressful time. Ever sind my first consultation with you, the caring dedication and understanding I have received from you has been priceless. Thank you with all my heart. Wishing you a healthy and happy future. Yours sincerely Doreen S.”
Doreen S.
“Dear Dr. Michaelides, I just wanted to express mine and my parents gratitude for arranging to see us all today and taking the time to answer all our questions. We left with a much greater understanding of the issues involved with genetic testing, the potential pattern of inheritance I have, and a renewed optimism over advances that could be happening in the field. It was also very helpful and reassuring to see Dr Amar again and be introduced to Jonathan the genetic counsellor – please do pass on our thanks to them as well. Yours sincerely Rachael S.”
Rachael S.
“Dear Professor Michaelides ,
Well done and thank you! You saw me last November for my annual RP assessment. You recommended to see the Glaucoma unit which I duly attended last week. (There was a delay because I had a cataract op in February)I do indeed have glaucoma as well as RP. Thankfully glaucoma is likely to be treatable with drops, so now at last the deterioration in my sight may be least partially arrested. I hope you will recommend to the retinal team that all RP suffers are tested for Glaucoma at fitting intervals. Yours sincerely, Edmund S.”
Edmund S.
“Dear Professor Michaelides ,
On behalf of my mother as well as myself, I would like to thank you for the consultation we had with you last Friday regarding my Usher Type 2/ RP condition. The knowledge and advice you shared with us was much appreciated. Today I received copy of the letter which you sent to my GP as record of the consultation. You might recall I mentioned that I have and indoor cycling frame which is great for an ex-road cyclist. If you should have any other patients who have to give up cycling on the road, I can recommend the “e-motion rollers” which is an American product and allows cyclists to ride their actual bike without modifications – suitable only for road bikes with high tyre pressure. Kind regards, Chris B.”
Chris B.
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David
“Dear Michel, My wife and I wish to thank you for your kindness and attention with regard to my poor eyesight. Your caring attitude and honest approach to help relieve my problem and find the best solution is overwhelming. And it is with this in mind we would like to express our sincere thanks for everything you have done for me. Kind regards, Maurice K”
Maurice K.
“Mr. Reddy was extremely kind and his special ‘duck’ noises certainly helped catch Talia’s attention and helped his examination run smoothly. Mr. Reddy informed us that Talia’s squint was severe and that glasses would not help her. He explained that she would need surgery. We have recently seen Mr. Reddy and the Orthoptist for a follow up and everyone involved is really pleased with the results of the surgery, most of all it seems is Talia.”
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“What I loved most was her willingness to take my knowledge of my disease and experience into consideration. I am very impressed and feel lucky to be in her care.”
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“Dr Crawley has a wonderful manner, is clearly knowledgeable and is an asset to the hospital.”
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“Thank you for forwarding the medical report. Please convey my thanks to Jane, I was deeply impressed by the politeness and empathy shown to me. I found the surgery very peaceful and beautifully decorated and I hope to see Jane again soon.”
Jeffrey W.
“Dear Jane,
I just wanted to say thank you for seeing me at such short notice. I felt much better after speaking to you and being reassured. I am much calmer and actually got some sleep last night.
I would also like to thank Ingrid, who was so lovely and very professional.
Best wishes, Catherine M.”
Catherine M.
“Thank you for forwarding the medical report. Please convey my thanks to Jane, I was deeply impressed by the politeness and empathy shown to me. I found the surgery very peaceful and beautifully decorated and I hope to see Jane again soon. Jeffrey W.”
Jeffrey W.
“I highly recommend Jane Olver. The whole experience was calm,and highly professional..”
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“Dear Both,

Many thanks for taking care of my ptosis surgery today.
I am now back home and resting but wanted to send a quick note to thank you for taking such good care of me.

Many thanks, Charmaine”

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Frequently Asked Questions

Not cured, but treated.

There are many different strategies for treating dry eyes including drops, vapor sprays, punctal plugs, high omega diet and reduction of stress and exposure to dry work environments.

This may be simply mucosal dryness but Sjogren’s syndrome should be investigated.

There are special high water content lenses which can be more comfortably tolerated by patients with dry eyes.