Dry Eye Clinic

 

What is dry eye?

 

Dry eye occurs when there is insufficient production or imbalance of any of the components in the tear film, leading to ocular discomfort. 

Apart from the feeling of dryness, the symptoms of dry eyes can include

  • Gritty, stinging or watery eyes
  • Intermittent blurred vision that is relieved through blinking
  • Foreign body sensation
  • Light sensitivity

Moderate to severe symptoms can lead to a decreased quality of life and has been found to be equivalent to unstable angina.

 

 

What is the tear film?

 

The tear film is the outermost layer of the eye. It acts to lubricate the surface of your eye and protect it from the environment. Its smooth layer also allows light to enter the eye properly to provide good vision. 

There are three main layers in the tear film:

  • The aqueous layer – produced by the lacrimal gland comprising water, proteins and electrolytes
  • The mucous layer – produced by goblet cells comprising mucins to stick tears to the surface of the eye
  • The lipid layer – produced by meibomian glands comprising oils to prevent evaporation of the tears

 

 

Dry eyes are extremely common among the population with researchers suggesting up to 50% of people may be suffering from the slightly more serious condition dry eye disease (DED). LASIK, contact lenses, and systemic medications such as anti-depressants can all cause dry eye as can many systemic and autoimmune diseases such as rosacea, Sjögrens syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus. Dry eyes generally some in two forms, which are often interrelated, aqueous deficient and evaporative dry eye due to Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. Many forms of dry eye treatment include artificial tear supplements, warm compresses, night ointment and lid hygiene treatments, our Optometrists specialise in informing of what treatment will be the most effective for you.

 

An effective form of Meibomian Gland Dysfunction treatment is warm compresses. This treatment heats the oil secreting glands and improves their production. While this is achievable with commercial heat packs, these are not as effective as our in-house Blephasteam treatment. 

 

 

 

 

Blephasteam

 

This treatment uses gentle steam to heat the eyelids without pressure to heat these meibomian glands providing quite a pleasant experience for our patients.

 

The treatment is also followed up with lid expression, whereby using specialised instruments we can put pressure on the glands and express their contents for the best secretion improvement.

 

One of these treatments can provide improvement in dry eye symptoms from weeks to months, ideal for use during the peak dry eye periods of peak winter and summer where indoor artificial climate control is at it's highest. 

 

We are excited to be able to introduce our dry eye treatment - Blephasteam. To see if Blephasteam would benefit you book in with one of our Optometrists for an eye examination. During all eye examinations our Optometrists will routinely assess if you have Meibomian Gland Dysfunction.

 

If you are suffering from the symptoms of dry eye your Optometrist will explain the benefits of Blephasteam and other dry eye remedies. 

 

The Blephasteam device applies a gentle steam treatment to the lids for 10 minutes, slowly working through the tear's oil glands and promoting their ability to secrete the much needed oil important for quality tears.

 

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Other Dry Eye Products & Services

 

Below are just some products we stock for the management of dry eyes. Have a chat to us about which ones are best for you!

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Tear Supplements Fortified Tears Lid Hygiene Heat Masks Night Ointment