– Dry Eye Therapy –
Living with dry eye is misery. Dry eye is a chronic (long-term) condition for those who suffer under its hold. The term dry eye covers so many symptoms: eye stinging, burning, watering, grittiness, scratchiness, redness, lid swelling, lid redness and the constant feeling of a something in the eye are just some of the symptoms that patients describe. No wonder it’s linked with depression with those who suffer from the disease, who often are at their wit’s end with discomfort.
What also makes dry eyes incredibly frustrating for those who suffer with it is they’ve tried treatment but it hasn’t worked.
Usually, when dry eyes are mentioned, the typical treatment recommended by a health care professional is eye drops. However, most sufferers who use eye drops with this chronic condition get relief for only a small amount of time (usually about 10-15 minutes) until the symptoms return.
Who wants to be instilling drops in their eyes every 15 minutes?!
What causes dry eye?
Dry eye can have many causes and to get long term and effective relief from symptoms, it is best to determine the cause of the dry eye before recommending an appropriate treatment.
Each layer of the tear film is important and a deficiency in any layer will result in an unstable tear film and subsequent dry eye. This instability then leads to great tear film evaporation or an uneven coating of the ocular surface with tears, and because the eye’s surface is no longer wetted appropriately, the tissue becomes inflamed. This chronic inflammation then cannot be just lubricated again to go away, it needs more help.
Working out where the deficiencies are in your tear film leads to more effective and highly-personalised treatment of your dry eye.
Help for dry eye
The secret of dry eye treatment is to establish the cause of the ocular dryness in each individual and treat that. We are passionate about determining to underlying cause of your dry eye to establish a tailored treatment plan to finally provide your eyes the relief you crave.
Dry Eye Treatments
At Eyeconic Optometry, we recommended many therapies for dry eye treatment, including supplements and at-home or in-office therapies. We also utilise the latest equipment for dry eye therapy, such as the blephasteam goggle therapy. Relax in a private room, where you can choose the light level and music played, all whilst wearing a pair of warm steam goggles to help stimulate oil gland production. It’s not just finding the right therapy which will work for you, at Eyeconic Optometry it’s all about providing this bespoke therapy in a relaxed and caring environment, where we work tirelessly with you to find the relief you need.
Some of our dry eye treatment options include:
Blephasteam goggle therapy (pictured)
Optimel (manuka honey) eye ointment & drops
Heat packs & lid massage
In-office lid meibomian gland expression
IPL Treatment (Intense Pulsed Light)
Steroidal eye drops
And many others…
What makes the true difference is that you not only discover what therapies you should be doing to relieve your dry eye, you are also educated about why you should be doing the therapy. By showing you photos of your own eyes in high magnification, including the ocular surface cells affected by the dryness, there’s no more mystery about the cause of the issue. This knowledge then makes you far more committed to stick to a treatment plan and find relief from ocular dryness.