THE CONDITION - DEFINING DRY EYE

Dry Eyes are a common complaint which affects the quality of life for millions of people in the UK. Clinical results have shown that the incidence of Dry Eye in women is five to six times greater than in men. Often the cause is hormonal - the incidence of dry eye in menopausal or postmenopausal women significantly increases, and women with ovarian failure or those taking HRT are more likely to suffer.

Until fairly recently I was telling patients who complained of dry eyes how difficult it is to find treatment. As a general rule, doctors (with respect) know little about dry eyes, ophthalmologists show little interest as no one thankfully goes blind with Dry Eye (although it can impair vision) and the vast majority of optometrists don’t have the equipment or specialised knowledge and additional qualifications to deal with Dry Eyes.

Chemists give people the same drops for everyone, but there is not one cure-all.

There has been a huge change in the understanding of Dry Eye Syndrome over the last few years and we can now offer treatment which provide relief from the discomfort it causes. Contact lens wearers who find that they can’t tolerate lenses more than a few hours are likely to suffer from Dry Eye Syndrome. Refractive laser surgery often results in Dry Eyes, which I can treat.

 

ANALYSIS AND DIAGNOSTICS

TREATMENT AND THERAPIES