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Dry Eye - a new way to treat

What is dry eye?

With every blink our eye releases a complex layer of tears which helps keep the eye moist, maintain clear vision and protect the eye.  Dry eye is a complex syndrome in which the tear layer is no longer able to keep the eye moist.  This can occur due to a reduction in the amount of tears produced by the eye or due to increase evaporation of the tears.  

What causes dry eye can vary greatly from person to person.  The most common causes include:

  • Age
  • Certain medications
  • Certain medical conditions
  • Laser surgery
  • Windy, smoky or dry environments
  • Prolonged use of digital devices
  • Eyelid disease

Symptoms can vary from mild to severe and can include:

  • Stinging or burning feeling
  • Sandy or gritty feeling 
  • Watery eyes
  • Red eyes
  • Intermittent blurry vision 


Our dry eye clinic

Traditionally, dry eye was diagnosed by taking a history, and observing the eye and tear layer. While useful, these tests do not accurately assess all the aspects of dry eye.  Our dry eye clinic uses the latest infra red and digital assessment systems to look deeper into the eye, assessing the various parts of the eye that produce tears.  The assessment includes:

  • History to identify external factors, medications and general health issues that may cause the dry eye
  • Assessment of the external eye, lids, tear ducts and glands
  • Assessment of the tear layer, tear river, and tear production
  • Tailored treatment plan specific to your needs

Treatment options

How we treat the eye depends on the underlying cause. While lubrication drops are the most commonly used treatment, they may not necessarily be the best treatment for you. Some of the most commonly used treatments include:

 

  • Drops to replace tears
  • Drops or sprays to decrease tear evaporation
  • Heat therapy to improve oil production
  • Lid therapy to treat disease
  • Anti inflammatory eye drops to reduce inflammation
  • Eye masks and eye protection.

 

 



 

Oculus Keratograph

The Oculus Keratograph is the first instrument that allows us to assess digitally analyse your dry eye. Using infra red technology we can assess the ducts and glands on the eye lid, as well as accurately measure and record how your tear layer functions.   

image of oculus keratography for dry eye assessment

Blephasteam

By warming the eye lids at a constant temperature we are able to unblock the tear ducts and improve the oil production to help relieve your dry eye symptoms.

blpharosteam system