Dry Eye Assessments
Dry Eye Syndrome occurs when the eyes don’t produce enough tears, or poor-quality tears that evaporate too quickly. Sufferers may experience ‘grittiness’ or soreness, a burning sensation, light sensitivity, blurred vision, excessive watering, crusty eyelids, or discomfort wearing contact lenses.
What causes Dry Eye Syndrome?
Contributing factors can include:
- Hot, windy, or dry climates
- Inflammatory diseases such as arthritis
- Skin conditions
- Side effects from medications
- Hormonal changes such as pregnancy or menopause in women
- Contact lens wear
How is Dry Eye Syndrome Treated?
Dry eye syndrome can usually be treated with lubricant eye drops, ointments, anti-inflammatory medication, or antibiotics. Although several treatments are available over the counter, we do recommend seeing our highly qualified and experienced optometrists for a Dry Eye Assessment first, to identify what will work best for you, and avoid any further damage or irritation.
What Does a Dry Eye Assessment Involve?
This assessment begins with a questionnaire to carefully identify any issues, followed by detailed tests to check your symptoms, including investigation into tear flow drainage and signs of blepharitis. Our optometrist will then be able to identify causes and propose a personalised treatment plan to alleviate your symptoms.