Dry Eye Treatments
Burning, gritty, stingy and watery eyes? These are classic signs of dry eyes, and effect large portions of the population.
The classic treatment option has always been eye drops, however we now have more treatment options allow us to detect and treat the underlying causes of dry eyes.
A Dry Eye Assessment allows your Optometrist to thoroughly examine the underlying causes of dry eye. This allows us to make treatment plans tailored to each individual patient’s needs. During the assessment, we take several high definition digital images and scans of the eye using the Oculus Keratograph 5.
The Oculus Keratograph has several functions, which allows us to investigate the quality and volume of the tears. We can also assess how quickly the tears are evaporating, the thickness of the oily layer of tears, and even the underlying structure of the glands that produce the oil.
These measurements in addition to a thorough slit-lamp microscope examination allow your Optometrist to determine the underlying cause of the dry eye. From this, a personalised report of your findings will be developed and a treatment plan can be initiated to help improve your dry eye symptoms.
Blephasteam is a new and effective in-office treatment for dry eye. It uses heat and moisture to naturally improve the tear quality.
The Blephasteam goggles are used to warm the meibomian glands around the eyelids. The heat helps to soften the solidified oil within the glands. Then, by applying a firm massage to the eyelid with specialised forceps, we can help to express the now liquefied oil from the glands. Expressing these blocked glands allows the liquid oil to flow more naturally in the future.
BlephEx is a new, in-office procedure that allows us to clean the eyelashes and remove the debris for you. It is a painless and quick process using a specialised eyelash shampoo and a spinning brush to buff the eyelashes clean.
It is commonly used on our patients who are suffering from sore and dry eyes, or those with itchy and crusty eye lashes. These symptoms are commonly caused by the bacteria Demodex, and up until now has been very tricky to completely remove before the arrive of the blephex.
Patients experience an almost immediate improvement in symptoms and do not require any further treatment for least 6 months! This can not only save patients months of discomfort, but also time and money otherwise spent on lid scrubs and eyedrops.
If you feel you would benefit from this treatment option, contact us, or simply Book an Appointent for a Dry Eye Assessment today.
More Treatment Options
As the cause of dry eye is different in every individual, our optometrists use a variety of techniques to help you achieve the best outcome for your dry eyes.
As a result they are always keeping up to date with the latest treatment options, which can include a variety Drops, Omega 3 suppliments, Manuka Honey treatments and many more.
To find out which of these options would be the most benefit for your individual case of dry eye, Book An Appointment today.