Suffering from Dry, Itchy Eyes?
It occurs when the tear glands do not produce the right quantity or quality of tears, resulting in the tear film no longer being able to provide enough lubrication or protection to the surface of the eye.
People often mistake the symptoms of Dry Eye Disease for allergies, climatic conditions or eyestrain. While these may aggravate Dry Eye symptoms, they are not always the cause. Women are more frequently affected by Dry Eye Disease than men, and it is often triggered by hormonal changes due to ageing and menopause, or medical conditions and medications.
Dry Eye Symptoms
Signs and symptoms of Dry Eye may include: stinging, burning, a scratchy sensation, sensitivity to light, tearing, tired eyes, and difficulty wearing contact lenses, as well as blurred vision, often worsening at the end of the day or after focusing for a prolonged period on a nearby task.
Dry Eye Treatment
E-eye aids in accurate and early detection of Dry Eye Disease. We can quantitatively monitor disease severity and can intervene early in the disease process. This helps us custom make therapies that work for each individual. It also allows us to measure the success of the treatments. If you suffer from Dry Eye, talk to us about treatment options.
Dry Eye Causes
Hot, dry and/or windy climates, high altitudes, excessive sun exposure, central heating, air conditioning, hair dryers, cigarette smoke, air pollution, air travel.
Contact lens wear:
Two million individuals abandon soft contact lens wear altogether each year with nearly 50% of these contact lens "dropouts" attributing dryness or discomfort as the primary reason.
Parkinson's disease, Sjögren's syndrome (an auto-immune disease), Rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus, Lacrimal gland deficiency, Diabetes, Sarcoidosis, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, Rosacea: Facial Rosacea is commonly associated with ocular rosacea, which causes conditions such as Blepharitis.
Refractive eye surgeries:
Dry Eye is the most common complaint following LASIK or LASEK.
Low blink rate
Blinking is critical in spreading tears over the surface of the eye and stimulating tear production. A chronicly low blink rate is associated with Dry Eye symptoms. Computer use, reading, and watching TV are the three activities most commonly associated with a low blink rate.
Hormonal deficiencies or changes:
Thyroid conditions, hormonal changes during menopause and changes to levels of androgen and oestrogen.
Long Term Effects
When the production of natural, healthy tears is reduced, Dry Eye can cause serious irritation to the front of the eye, particularly the cornea. A natural, healthy tear film not only lubricates the surface of the eye, but also works to fight infection, providing important nourishment that is vital for clear vision. Increased risk of infection and serious visual impairment may result in cases where a severe Dry Eye condition has gone untreated over time. Reduced tear production over a long period of time increases the risk of permanent damage and scarring to the front of the eye.
Dry Eye Diagnosis
Brosgill Opticians can determine if you have Dry Eye Disease. We will ask you to describe your Dry Eye symptoms and the impact that they have on your daily life. The Optometrist may perform one or more tests to assess your condition. The E-eye test gives us information about the salt content of your tears, which is an indicator of Dry Eye Disease.
A considerable improvement in the symptoms perceived by patients with a 90% satisfaction rate on the first 2 treatments. This improvement has been acknowledged from the patient’s opinion about the discomfort levels before and after the treatment and the improvement of the fixation time while reading or watching television. This improvement is clearly felt from the initial session for the first couple of days and is increasing in time after the second and following treatments.
Call Brosgill Opticians on 0113 266 3818 and book an E-eye Dry Eye assessment today!