Have you ever suffered from sore, watery, uncomfortable eyes? One of the most common causes is dry eye syndrome – which affects nearly five million Britons over the age of 45.
Dry eye syndrome is a progressive and chronic condition where there is an imbalance of the tear flow system. In treating the condition, the tear quality is vital, as well as keeping the eye well lubricated.
Dry eye syndrome can be caused by an interruption of tear production or an increase in tear evaporation. Any part of the process can be disrupted so it is important to identify the right cause for most effective treatment. Some of the causes include:
- Certain medications.
- Certain medical conditions.
- Environment and activities (such as prolonged screen work)
- Natural ageing process.
- Hormonal changes.
- Over wearing contact lenses.
What other symptoms might I suffer from?
- Eyelids stuck together on waking.
- Temporary blurry vision.
- Red and itchy eyes.
- Photo phobia (sensitivity to lights).
- Tired eyes.
How can we help?
As your local optician, we offer a specialist dry eye clinic. Our dedicated optician will discover the underlying cause of the dry eye syndrome and give you a regime to help combat the dry eyes and manage it to eliminate the condition. Don’t let dry eyes lead to tears, book an appointment with us today.
Written by our in house optician, Nusratbanu Merali, who is based at our New Addington branch.