WHY DO WE GET DRY EYES?
Dry eyes are due to the eyes producing an inadequate amount of tears and/or tears of poor quality. Typically, it’s actually a combination of both.
Are your eyes constantly stinging, burning, watery, gritty or red?
These are some of the symptoms of dry eyes.
Tears are made up of 3 major components:
produced mainly by the meibomian glands which sit on the eyelid margin. These glands are responsible for producing the oily part of the tears (meibum) which helps to slow down tear evaporation.
The aqueous layer is mostly water but also contains proteins, minerals and carbohydrates to help nourish the cornea.
The foundation layer which helps spread the tears over the surface of the eye.
Dry Eye Assessment
Here at Eye Plus we offer a private 30-minute Dry Eye Assessment to fully investigate the cause and effects of your Dry Eyes. With the results of this assessment, we are able to produce a fully customized treatment plan for your Dry Eyes.
Our Dry Eye Assessment includes the following:
Dry Eye Treatment Options
If you wake up in the morning with very sore eyes and blurred vision, your lids may not be closing completely when you sleep. This may be due to a condition called lagophthalmos.
The Bruder’s Mask is a moist heat eye compress, specially designed for the eyelids. The moist heat helps to open up the glands and allows the natural oils to flow onto the surface of the eye.
An in-office procedure for anterior blepharitis that helps maintain clean and healthy eyelids. A handpiece is used on the eyelid margin to remove excess bacteria, biofilm and bacterial toxins.
Every blink, your eyelids spread a fresh layer of tears across the surface of your eyes to keep them moist, comfortable and healthy. Our blink rate is thought to decrease by 60-80% while using a digital device. Read more about Korb blinking
You can see each layer of the tears plays a vital part in keeping the surface moist, smooth and healthy. Deficiencies in any of those can lead to poor quality tears and consequently dry eyes!
Treatment for dry eyes is complex and in a lot of cases requires multiple means of therapy.
The therapy will depend on the underlying cause of the dry eyes.
If you are experiencing constant watery, red, gritty, burning eyes please feel free to give us a call or use our super simple online booking system to book an appointment with our optometrist.