More than 2 million Australians suffer from dry eyes, are you one of them?
Dry eye disease is quickly becoming one of Australia’s greatest causes of ocular discomfort. It’s a serious and borderline epidemic problem, requiring professional assessment and management. Dry eyes are caused when we do not have enough tears lubricating our eye surface. Our tears are essential components of eye health because they protect our eyes from infection, provide nutrition, keep them lubricated. They are also caused when little glands in our eyelids, called meibomian glands do not function properly or if there is inflammation in our eyelids, called blepharitis.
Dry eyes can stop you from performing your day-to-day activities comfortably
You may experience the following symptoms indicating you might have dry eyes:
- Watery eyes
- Foreign Body Sensation
Even if you do not feel like you have the symptoms of dry eyes, you can still develop it. By the time you notice it, you may have a more difficult problem to deal with.
If you work prolonged hours on a computer in an air-conditioned environment, you most likely have dry eyes.
What you may not know is that the air-conditioners we so heavily rely on tend to dry up the surrounding air, ultimately drying our eyes with it. Other indications for dry eyes are:
Medication: including antihistamines, beta-blockers, diuretics, antidepressants, hormone replacement therapy, oral contraceptives, blood pressure medication
Contact lens wear: It is important to consult with your optometrist on proper contact lens use in order to prevent dry eyes due to contact lens wear
Infrequent/incomplete blinking: Increased dependence on digital devices (computers, tablets, smartphones) as well as other documents (magazines, books, newspapers) is associated with dry eyes.
A quick visit to the pharmacy to purchase eye drops is probably the first thing you might think of doing once you experience dryness of the eyes. However as soon as you step into that door, you’ll be directed to the aisle with shelves packed full of eye drops – half of which you can’t even pronounce!
The task isn’t as easy as you once thought it would be and you stand there, fighting crocodile tears of dryness and wonder “which drops should I use?”
We take dry eyes seriously and provide you with practical management solutions
We begin by assessing the nature of your dry eyes with a battery of tests and together, work out a personalised solution to combat your dry eyes. Our treatment regimen may include:
- Heating with Blephasteam and professional expression of eyelid glands, allowing for better flow of your natural eye fluids
- Lid debridement with BlephEx if you have crusty lids causing dry eyes
- Punctal plugs if your eyes are not producing enough tears
- Eye lubricants tailor made to your condition as advised by our therapeutically endorsed optometrists
- Nutritional advice
- Liaising with your GP regarding any necessary oral medication
Our advanced treatment regimen means we will get your eyes back on track and you’ll be able to function more comfortably in the future. Unfortunately, there is no cure, but you can certainly manage it well.