Dry eye syndrome is a common and uncomfortable condition that occurs when your tears aren’t able to provide adequate lubrication for your eyes. It may occur if you don’t produce enough tears or if you produce poor quality tears. It may be associated with blepharitis or inflammation of the eye lids.
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Symptoms of dry eye syndrome may include:
○ A burning sensation in the eyes○ Grittiness of the eyes○ A dry sensation of the eyes○ A stinging sensation in the eyes○ Stringy mucus in or around the eyes○ Redness of the eyes○ Eye fatigue○ Discomfort when wearing contact lenses○ Excessive tearing○ Fluctuating vision - usually worse towards the end of the day○ Eyelids stuck together when waking up
Testing for Dry Eye Syndrome
Considering the symptoms and potential causes of dry eye syndrome will assist our optometrist to determine how to treat your condition. This may involve a separate visit during which the optometrist will conduct a number of specific tests to more accurately diagnose your condition.
These extra tests may include video tear film quality evaluation with the Medmont Corneal Topographer, Fluorescein and Lissamine Green staining and the Schirmer Test of tear production.
Treatments for Dry Eye Syndrome
Treatment plans may aim to increase tear production, maintain tear film volume or prevent excessive loss of tears. Treatment for BLEPHARITIS may also be required.
○ Consciously BLINKING more often, particularly when using computer or looking at electronic devices○ Minimising or avoiding DRY ENVIRONMENTS such as air conditioning and fans and protecting the eyes from the wind when outdoors○ Artificial TEAR SUPPLEMENTS including drops, sprays, gels, ointments○ Consulting your doctor if MEDICATIONS you are taking have the side effect of drying the eyes and discussing a suitable alternative if available○ Advanced OMEGA-3 SUPPLEMENTATION such as Dry Eye Forte incorporating an optimised blend of Organic flaxseed & triglyceride form of fish oil & vitamin E○ BLEPHASTEAM office-based treatment using heat and moisture to help unblock the meibonian glands in the eye lids. May be accompanied by lid expression treatment.○ THE EYE DOCTOR moist heat compresses for home-based treatment of meibonian gland dysfunction.○ OPTIMEL drops or gel containing antibacterial medicinal Manuka Honey for chronic dry eye with a traumatised cornea and inflammation○ PUNCTAL PLUGS are tiny, biocompatible devices that can be inserted into tear ducts to block tear drainage in order to increase the tear film and eye surface moisture in certain forms of dry eye syndrome.○ OCUSOFT Demodex treatment (office & home-based) containing medicinal tea-tree oil where demodex (mite) blepharitis is present