Dry eye assessments
What is Dry Eye Syndrome?
Dry Eye Syndrome (Keratoconjunctivitis sicca) is a common cause of eye irritation. It can affect people of all ages and occurs when there is a problem with the tear film. The tear film is what keeps the eye moist and lubricated.
Causes of Dry Eyes
Dry Eyes can affect anyone, but it becomes more common as you grow older. Women tend to be affected more often than men.
- Ageing – As you grow older, you tend to make fewer tears. Some women find this more noticeable with the onset of the menopause.
- Medication – Side effects from medications such as diuretics, anti-depressants, antihistamines, contraceptive pills and eye drops used to treat other conditions.
- Illness – Some people develop dry eyes as a symptom of a more general disease e.g. Rheumatoid Arthritis, however with most diseases you would also display other bodily symptoms as well.
- Increased Evaporation – Low humidity due to air conditioning, low blink rates through prolonged computer or tv use, windy conditions.
- Blepharitis – Inflammation of the eye lids.
- Damage – Damage from injury, surgery or disease.
This list is not exhaustive but covers many of the general causes of dry eyes.
Symptoms of Dry Eyes
Generally, both eyes are affected. The eyes may not actually feel dry. Symptoms can include:
- Irritation in the eyes – grittyness, itchyness, burning without redness. Eyes that have a redness is usually a signal of another eye problem being present.
- Blurred vision – Dry eyes do not affect the ability to see, but slight blurring can occur.
- Bright vision – Aversion to bright lights can happen.
- Contact Lenses – If you wear contact lenses, they can often become uncomfortable.
Diagnosis and Assessments
Dry Eye Assessments are performed by Mike Broadhurst and Jennifer Smith.
Mike has over 30 years of experience in dry eye treatment, whilst Jennifer Smith has more than 10 years of exposure and a special interest in this area of eye complaints.
The Tear Film
- OUTER LIPID layer – prevents evaporation and gives lubrication.
- MIDDLE WATERY layer – provides oxygen, contains antibacterial substances and clears debris.
- INNER MUCUS layer – helps with the formation of tears
We are now able to assess tear function, tear volume, quality and if any glands secreting the outer layer of tears are blocked.
Dry Eyes can be managed in a variety of ways, by tear additives, hot compresses and lid scrubs.
The recommended course of action to help you manage your dry eyes, is to firstly, arrange for an initial consultation.
This will enable a complete assessment in order to establish the most appropriate course of action.
Costs for dry eye care
Initial Consultation – £75.00
A course of three sessions is available at a reduced fee of £150.00 when booked and paid
for immediately after the first consultation. This includes the cost of the first assessment, plus two follow-up appointments.
Additional Appointments – £75.00 each.
Block Appointments – £150.00 for 3 consultations.
Should you decide to follow a course of dry eye care, you will automatically be entitled to a 10% discount of all associated dry eye products.