What is dry eye syndrome?
Dry eye syndrome is a disorder of the tear film due to tear deficiency or excessive evaporation, causing the eyes to become dry or inflamed. Dry eye syndrome is a common condition with up to a third of people experiencing it at some point in their life.
While anyone can develop dry eye syndrome, it is most commonly seen in people over the age of 60 and in women more than men. It can also be aggravated by environmental factors, diet, lifestyle and contact lens wear.
How is dry eye syndrome diagnosed?
At Dipple & Conway we provide an initial consultation called a Tear Film Assessment in our Dry Eye Clinic. This involves using specialist equipment such as the TearLab to confirm whether you have dry eye syndrome and explain the reasons causing it.
The diagnosis is confirmed by reviewing symptoms and medical history, including any medicine currently being taken, and examining eyelids and tears.
How is dry eye syndrome treated?
Following the initial consultation you will have a treatment plan with outlines according to your needs. This may include:
- Regular use of lubricating eye drops
- Eyelid cleansing and massage products
- Punctal plugs fitted to reduce tear drainage and therefore aid comfort of the eyes
The treatment plan is reviewed at regular follow up appointments.
For more information please call 01603 626 750.