Dry Eye Management
Dry Eye is a very common eye disease particularly on the Darling Downs. Dry Eye occurs when the stability of the tear layer is not normal causing symptoms and damage to the eye surface. These symptoms can be: dryness, watering, burning, grittiness, stinging, itching and blurry vision.
The most common cause of Dry Eye is blepharitis and meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). These two conditions are often connected and cause inflammation of the eyelids, abnormal tear oil production and therefore unstable tears. Eye drops are often not successful however treatments such as BlephEx and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) combined with daily oral omega 3 essential oils can be highly effective.
Other dry eye treatments available at Heron Eyecare include:
- quality artificial tear drops and gels
- prescription eye drops
- pharmacy compounded eye drops
- eyelid cleaners
- bandage contact lenses and
- scleral contact lenses
General health conditions and medications can also contribute to dry eye. These include thyroid, hormonal and many autoimmune diseases including rheumatoid arthritis and Sjögren’s syndrome. One indicator of dry eye is tear osmolarity or salt concentration. The TearLab instrument measures tear osmolarity giving a diagnosis and indication of the severity of the disease.
Please contact us at via 07 4639 2378 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding Dry Eye Management.