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Dry Eye Assessment

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Dry eye syndrome is an extremely common ocular condition, affecting a significant proportion of the population. Patient’s with dry eye syndrome are commonly told that there is nothing that can be done or that it is ‘normal for their eyes’, and are often only given artificial tear eye drops as a treatment option. Here at Eye Academy, we understand the frustration and inconvenience that dry eye causes, therefore we offer a large variety of treatment options in order to effectively manage the dry eye symptoms of each individual.

Symptoms of dry eye syndrome can include:

  • Tired eyes, particularly by the end of the dry
  • Blurred vision which improves on blinking or rubbing the eyes
  • Red Eyes
  • Gritty, burning or sore feeling eyes
  • Sticky eyes and stuck eyelids on waking up
  • Watery eyes, particularly in cold and windy conditions
  • Light sensitivity

Common Causes of Dry Eye Syndrome:

  • Age – caused by tear film changes over time and increased laxity of the eyelids
  • Hormones – including contraceptives, pregnancy and menopause
  • Contact lens wear
  • Ocular surgery – particularly following laser refractive surgery (LASIK/LASEK)
  • Medications
  • Underlying medical conditions – e.g. Sjorgren’s Syndrome
  • Underlying ocular conditions – e.g. Blepharitis

There are many different types of dry eye, the most common being:

  • Evaporative Dry Eye – deficiency in the lipid layer of the tear film causes evaporation of tears from the ocular surface
  • Aqueous Deficiency Dry Eye – reduction in quantity of tears is released from the glands, causing a thinner, less stable tear layer

Dry Eye Investigations

At Eye Academy, we offer a private 40-minute examination to fully investigate the cause and effects of each individual’s dry eye symptoms. The results of this examination allow us to formulate a tailor-made treatment plan for long-term dry eye management.

Our Dry Eye Assessment Includes:

  • Assessment of the ocular surface and tear film – this will include instillation of diagnostic dyes e.g. fluorescein. These dyes are painless and do not affect your vision, and provide vital information regarding the health and quality of the front surface of the eye and the tear film
  • Assessment of the eyelids and lashes – to investigate how the tear glands are functioning and to determine whether other ocular conditions are present, e.g. blepharitis
  • Assessment of tear quality – to determine the stability of the tear film and how it interacts with the ocular surface
  • A full treatment plan to include further treatments, at home remedies, or a mixture of two, depending on each individual’s dry eye status

A Dry Eye Assessment is recommended for:

  • Any individuals suffering from the symptoms listed
  • Anyone wanting a thorough health check of their anterior eye (front surface of the eye), which is not included in a standard eye examination
  • Post ocular surgery including LASIK (refractive), cataract and other laser treatments

If the Dry Eye Assessment reveals that further treatment is necessary, we offer the following advanced treatment options:

  • Punctal Plugs
  • BlephEx™ Treatment

We also stock a comprehensive range of dry eye treatments to be performed at home including:

  • Preservative-free eye drops, including a wide range of formulations to suit each individual
  • Gel-based eye drops – for overnight use
  • Hot compress masks with reusable inserts
  • Omega Oil Supplements
  • Blepharitis Treatments including lid wipes and lotions

Children & Dry Eye

Children can very commonly suffer from dry eye, particularly as they can spend large periods of their day viewing computer or television screens, and performing a great deal of concentrated close work. They are often unable to identify their symptoms or unable to communicate their symptoms to their parents or carers. Common signs and symptoms to look out for can include:

  • Tired eyes by the end of the day
  • Red eyes, particularly after school and in the evenings
  • Frequent pronounced blinking
  • Frequent rubbing of the eyes
  • Complaints of transient blurred vision, which improves on blinking or eye rubbing

If you or your child have noticed any of these symptoms, then please request a call back from one of our specialists, to discuss this further.

Dry Eye Assessment Lasts: 30 - 40 Minutes

Dry Eye Assessment Cost: £60

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