Even if you only experience minor eye complaints from time-to-time, you could have dry eye syndrome
Do your eyes often feel dry or irritated? Do certain activities like reading or working on the computer make your eyes feel scratchy? Are you wearing your contact lenses less and less because they’re becoming uncomfortable?
If your answer is ‘YES’ to any of these questions, you may have what eye care practitioners call dry eye syndrome, or ocular surface disease. It’s a common problem and you don’t have to live with it.
Dry eye syndrome is related to the quantity and quality of your tears, which can be affected by numerous factors. Some possible causes include conditions such as rosacea, hormonal imbalance, post-menopause and eyelid abnormalities. Some medications such as anti-histamines, decongestants and birth control as well as exposure to air pollutants and other environmental factors all contribute to dry eyes.
There have been great advances in our understanding of and treatment for dry eye syndrome over the last few years.
“During a routine examination we can assess your tear film and give some advice, but we don’t always have the time required to carry out an in depth analysis or to develop and discuss a treatment regime. We find many people begin well but by the time they return for their next eye examination in a year or so, they have stopped their regime and their symptoms have returned. To overcome this problem we are now offering a comprehensive dry eye clinic where we will carry out a full assessment of your tears, discuss a management plan and review you twice over a period of 3 months to maximise its effectiveness.”
Richard McNeight MCOptom, Optometrist/Director
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