Treatment: Dry Eyes 2017-03-29T11:11:43+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

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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 the two nurses Ingrid Hurtado and Estrella Gill.

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

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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 Ingrid Hurtado and Estrella Gill.

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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The Highest Quality

We are accredited with the major private health and professional specialty bodies who have bestowed upon us the qualifications to carry out aesthetic and medical treatments at the highest levels of quality.

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.