New Blephex clinic available in our Locks Heath Branch. 

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 the tears that are produced evaporate away.  
 
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. 
 

The symptoms of Dry Eye syndrome may include: 

Dryness 
Burning, stinging or itching 
Gritty feeling 
Irritation from wind or smoke 
Blurred or smeary vision 
Tired eyes 
Red eyes 
Excessive watering 
Photophobia 
Contact lens discomfort 

What are the causes of Dry Eye? 

Ageing 
Blepharitis 
Dry environment and pollution 
Computer use 
Contact lens wear 
Preservatives 
Hormonal changes, especially in women e.g. menopause 
Certain types of medications. (CAUTION: do not alter or adjust your prescribed medicines without discussing with your Doctor). Your optometrist or Doctor can advise of any known links between medicines and Dry Eye. 

The Dry Eye Clinic 

This specialist clinic has been introduced to deal with widespread problem of 'dry eye'. 
 
At the dry eye clinic the many different causes of dry eye will be carefully investigated and appropriate management determined. Our specialist service will assess the symptoms, undertake a detailed examination of the eyes, then recommend the latest eye drops, eye lid hygiene, heat and massage treatments to alleviate the discomfort associated with dry eye. 
 
Following up appointments are also scheduled to fine tune the treatment plan for a period of up to three months. As this service is not covered by the NHS a professional fee will be charged. 
 
The New Blephex Clinic 
BlephEx™, the newest treatment for blepharitis, is an in-practice procedure performed directly by the eye care practitioner. With BlephEx™ the clinician thoroughly and precisely eliminates the scurf and bacterial debris, the main causes of inflammatory lid disease. 
Common symptoms of blepharitis: 
Itching or scratchy eyes 
Foreign body sensation 
Tearing 
Crusting 
Redness/inflammation 
Mattering 
Dry eyes 
Eye rubbing 
Properly performed, BlephEx™ will reduce or alleviate these debilitating and chronic symptoms. Treatments are typically repeated at regular monthly intervals depending on the severity of the disease. By eliminating the inflammatory cause of blepharitis, the overall health of the eyelid is improved. Patients can then begin to produce more of their own tears and finally enjoy a life free from the chronic and irritating symptoms associated with blepharitis and its subsequent dry eye disease. 
An up-to-date eyesight test is required, so call us to make an appointment today. 

Locks Heath  01489 589 760 

Shaftesbury 01747 851 006 

West Moors  01202 890 904 

 

Remember Common signs and symptoms include: 

Discomfort 
Your eyes burn, sting, feel gritty or are sensitive to light. 
 
Foreign body sensation 
You feel as if you have something in your eye. 
 
Redness 
Bloodshot eyes always indicate a problem. It may be dryness. 
 
Fatigue 
Your eyes seem to tire easily, especially when reading, watching television and using a computer. 
 
Uncomfortable contact lenses 
Reduced contact lens wear time. 
 
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