Dry Eye Treatment
Dry eye syndrome is a common condition that affects up to 30% of the population.
Healthy tear production is an important element for comfortable eyes and clear vision. Dry eye occurs when the tear film does not produce adequate lubrication for the eye. Sometimes, the eye may not be producing enough tears or the tear quality is poor.
Dry eye often affects us as we become older, however, it can affect anyone at any age. Factors that can contribute to dry eye discomfort include wearing contact lenses, extended digital device use, medications, diet, and some health conditions.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
Irritated, stinging, or burning eyes
Scratchy or gritty eyes
Blurred vision or eye fatigue
Difficulty wearing contact lenses
dry eye assessment
A dry eye assessment allows our optometrist to examine the underlying causes and extent of your dry eye. We use an Oculus Keratograph 5 to take high definition diagnostic images and scans to conduct a thorough analysis of your tear quality and structure of your glands. After your assessment, a tailored treatment plan can then be developed by your optometrist.
As the cause of dry eye is different in every individual, our optometrists may use a combination of these treatment techniques to help you achieve the best outcome for your eyes.
Your optometrist may prescribe a dry eye therapy pack, including eye drops and a special eye mask to treat and manage your dry eye symptoms at home.
moist heat therapy
Moist heat therapy can be done in the practice, with the Blephasteam system using a combination of warmth and moisture to treat the eyelids, and restore the function of meibomian glands.
Meibomian gland expression
This is a simple therapy to open the glands in your lower eyelid if they have become blocked. It is conducted using special instruments that are non-sharp and safe.
IPL (intense pulsed light) therapy
IPL is the most advanced dry eye treatment and uses our Eye-Light device. The Eye-Light is not a laser, and uses light in a very safe and scientifically tested manner to resolve problems with the meibomian glands and other causes of dry eye. Your optometrist may recommend a course of IPL treatments for your condition and to maintain a healthy eye surface.