Dry Eye Treatment Programme
Dry Eye is a chronic problem in that it will never be completely cured but the symptoms can be easily managed and treated with our tailor-made programme.
What is Dry Eye?
Dry Eye means that your eyes may not be making enough tears, that the tears which are being produced are of poor quality or that tears that are produced evaporate away faster than they should. The normal function of tears is to keep the surface of the eye wet and lubricated so any shortage of tears or reduction in their quality can produce a gritty, burning sensation of the eyes and can also disturb vision.
Symptoms of Dry Eye
The symptoms of Dry Eye may include:
- Burning, stinging or itching
- Gritty feeling
- Irritation from wind or smoke
- Blurred or smeary vision
- Tired eyes
- Red eyes
- Excessive watering
- Photophobia (sensitivity to light)
- Contact lens discomfort
Causes of Dry Eye?
- Blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelids)
- Dry environment and pollution
- Computer use
- Contact Lens wear
- Hormonal changes, especially in women e.g. menopause
- Dry Eye may also be symptomatic of general health problems or disease e.g. people with arthritis are more prone to Dry Eye (Sjogren’s Syndrome = arthritis + dry eye + dry mouth)
- LASIK surgery
- Certain types of medication *your optometrist or Doctor can advise you of any known links between medicine and Dry Eye.
How is Dry Eye treated?
At Valli Opticians we can provide a tailor-made treatment programme to manage the symptoms of Dry Eye. We can offer the very best in products and our Optometrists have been highly trained to advise on the best course of treatment.
In some cases patient’s symptoms can be relieved by making a few simple changes – for example avoidance of dehydrating environments such as air conditioning. If your job involves lots of computer work, take regular breaks to rest your eyes. Protecting the eyes from dehydrating influences such as a cold wind by wearing spectacles or sunglasses may also help.
As Dry Eye syndrome is caused by an imbalance of tears on the eye’s surface, the most logical way to treat the problem is to artificially replace the tears and by doing so improve both quantity and quality. There are a variety of artificial tears available and you will be advised the best option for your problem as part of your treatment programme. You may also be given dietary advise and the use various supplements to improve the quality of your tear film.
What is Blepharitis?
Blepharitis is the inflammation of the eyelids and can cause symptoms of Dry Eye. Oils and other products normally secreted by the eye and eyelids build up on the lid surface and eyelashes resulting in eye irritation and often redness. It is a common disorder that like Dry Eye can be easily treated & managed but not cured. Blepharitis treatment is all about lid hygiene and as part of your treatment programme we can advise use of various products from lid wipes to Eye Bags. Our specifically trained Optical Hygienists can take you through various techniques in eyelid hygiene, eyelid massage and advise on how best to use the products prescribed.
Valli Group Dry Eye Treatment Programme
This is a 3 Month management program consisting of:
- Initial 30 minute consultation with a dry eye specialist Optometrist, followed by reviews within the 3 month period as necessary
- Up to 3 appointments with an Optical Hygienist
- 3 months worth of products to manage your condition
- All this for £180
Treatment may consist of:
- Ocular lubricants
- Heat treatment
- Lid massage
- Lid hygiene
If you are suffering from either of these conditions or have any of the symptoms described then please speak to one of our staff. To book an appointment or find out more about our exclusive dry eye service contact your friendly local opticians today.