Dry Eye

Causes, Symptoms and Prevention

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Dry eye – Causes, Symptoms and Prevention

Dry Eye occurs when the quantity and/or quality of tears fails to keep the surface of the eye adequately lubricated. The risk of Dry Eye Syndrome increases with advancing age and there is a high prevalence in women. There are many environmental factors that can contribute to dry eye.

Symptoms:  You may feel a scratchy sensation or that something is in the eye. Other symptoms include stinging or burning, excess tearing that follows periods of dryness, discharge, pain and redness in the eye.  You may also feel that your eyelids are heavy and may even experience blurred vision.

Treatment:   We have just invested in a new treatment for dry eye, called NULIDS. This helps us to clean the lids thoroughly and removes debris that can build up between the lashes. Please call Yorkshire Eyewear to book in for this revolutionary treatment to help with dry eyes.

We also sell heat bags, lid wipes and dry eye drops all of which help with controlling and curing the dry eye condition.

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CONTRIBUTING FACTORS

1. Medications: there have been many medications that are associated with Dry eye. Often with medication it is best to consult with our Optometrist or you GP before making any changes to your medication.

2. Advancing age is a risk for a decline in tear production. It is more common in people over 50 years of age.

3. Rosacea (an inflammatory skin disease) and blepharitis (an inflammatory eye lid disease).

4. Auto-immune disorders such as Lupus, Scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis, plus other disorders such as diabetes, thyroid disorder and Vitamin A deficiency.

5. Windy, smokey or dry environments increase tear evaporation.

6. Seasonal allergies.

7. Prolonged periods of ‘screen time’ due to insufficient blinking.

8. Blocked and clogged glands in the inner eyelid. 

Prevention: Blocked and clogged glands of the inner eyelid can be prevented by regular cleaning of these areas. This area of the eyes is quite often forgotten to be cared for and yet it is so simple to do. Cleaning can be done by using a cotton bud and warm water. Run the cotton bud along both the lower inner lid and the upper lid. Remember to rinse with clear water; or you can purchase our Tea Tree Oil wipes which are very handy for the handbag and very simple to use, totally preservative free and come in individual sterile wraps.

A hot compress applied for ten minutes will help to give great relief especially if done daily.

We also stock Hycosan preservative free eye drops that can be used daily to assist with Dry Eye.

Dry eye syndrome or Meibomian Gland Disorder (MGD). Depending on its cause and severity, it may not be completely curable, but in most cases, dry eyes can be managed successfully, usually resulting in noticeably greater eye comfort, fewer dry eye symptoms, and sometimes sharper vision as well.

Dry eye is a minor eye condition. As an accredited optometrist, we can assess the cause of Dry Eye and recommend individual treatment.

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