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Dry Eye Clinic

What is Dry Eye? Dry Eye occurs when you produce fewer or poorer quality tears and are unable to maintain normal eye lubrication.

    What are the symptoms?

  • Dryness
  • Burning, stingy or itchy
  • Gritty feeling/foreign body sensation
  • Blurred vision
  • “Tired” eyes
  • Red eyes Excessive tearing
  • Photophobia (Sensitivity to light)
  • Contact lens discomfort
  • Sensitivity to air currents (wind, smoke, pollution, heat, air conditioning)

    What are the causes?

  • Dry Eye can be caused by a variety of everyday factors including:
  • Aging
  • Blepharitis (Inflammation of the eyelids)
  • Dry environment / Pollution
  • Computer use – insufficient blinking
  • Hormonal changes (especially in women e.g. menopause)
  • LASIK surgery
  • Preservatives
  • Alcohol
  • Certain types of medications (anti-acne, some beta-blockers, oral contraceptives, antihistamines, diuretics, decongestants and antidepressants)
  • Certain diseases such as autoimmune disease, hypertension, diabetes, may contribute to dry eye.

The Treatment

In the Dry Eye Clinic we do a number of tests to determine the osmolarity (salt content) of the tears, the volume of the tears, the presents or absents of inflammation on the eye and other tests to determine the type of dry eye that you have and also the best treatment for you.