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Dry Eye Treatment

Dry eye treatment & advice

Dry eye treatment and advice is on our specialists. We strive to keep up to date with the latest dry eye research and technology. We also attend events and seminars to learn more about new products coming out and only recommend the very best to our customers. 

What causes dry eye syndrome?

The tear film is made up of layers of water, salts, oils, proteins and mucus, which are produced by a number of di erent glands and cells situated in and around the eyes. The normal function of the tears is to keep the surface of the eye wet and lubricated, so anything a ecting their quality can produce a gritty, burning sensation of the eyes that can sometimes disturb vision. 

 

You may or may not be aware that you are developing or already have dry eyes. Symptoms can be mild, moderate or extreme. It usually starts with slight persistent redness, grittiness, itchiness which left untreated, can progress to variable, fluctuating and blurred vision. Read on for more information.

Anyone can get dry eye. It can be impacted by

environmental and lifestyle factors, or even

hereditary, but you may be more susceptible if

any of the following apply to you:

  • Age over 50 , due in part to hormonal changes but the prevalence is increasing in the younger age group due to high screen usage in this age group

  • Use of make up and skin products which can clog up the tiny pores on the margins of the eye lid, reducing the secretions from the glands in the eyelids.

  • Wear contact lenses

  • Large amounts of screen use (computer, phone, tablet etc)

  • You spend time in air conditioned environments (including cars), or somewhere where it's windy, cold, dry or dusty

  • You don't get enough vitamin A or omega-3 fatty acids

  •  Certain autoimmune conditions, such as Sjögren's syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and thyroid deficiency

  • Certain eye conditions, such as blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelids) or meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD)

  • Side effects of certain medications

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Symptoms of dry eye syndrome

The symptoms of dry eye syndrome usually affect both eyes and often include: 

  • Dryness

  • Excessive watering 

  • Eyes feeling gritty and sore 

  • Pain 

  • Blurring of Vision

  • Redness

  • Foreign body sensation (feeling like you have something in your eye)

  • Tired eyes 

  • Photophobia (Sensitivity to light)

  • Discomfort when wearing contact lenses

  • Irritation from wind/smoke 

How dry eye syndrome is treated

Dry eye syndrome is not usually a serious condition. Treatments are available to help relieve the symptoms, which include eye drops to lubricate the eyes, heat masks and steam treatment, dietary supplements and

medications to help reduce any inflammation,

and (if necessary) surgery to prevent tears from draining away easily.

If dry eye syndrome is caused by an underlying 

condition, treating this condition will usually help.

Here are some useful hints and tips on how

you can reduce your symptoms;

  • Good eyelid hygiene; keeping your eyes and eyelids clean and protecting them from dusty, smoky, windy and dry environments

  •  Using your computer or laptop correctly to avoid eye strain (use the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds)

  • Using a humidifier to moisten the air

  • Drinking plenty of water

  • Eating a healthy diet that includes omega-3 fats and colourful fruit and veg

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Our Hero Products

At Kelly Eyecare we strive to keep up to date with the latest dry

eye research and technology. We attend events and seminars to

find out more the best information and new products out there

and only recommend the very best to our customers.

Here are some of our favourite tried and tested products:

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Blephaclean Wipes

Blephaclean is a daily eyelid wipe containing a gentle, micellar solution,

free from preservatives, parabens, soap and perfumes. They keep the

eyelids clean whilst respecting the skin around the eyes and its natural bacteria and are clinically proven to reduce symptoms of blepharitis.

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Hycosan Shield

Hycosan Shield is a unique lipid layer replacement drop for the

management of evaporative dry eye and meibomian gland dysfunction

(MGD). It works by forming an outer shield over the surface of the tear

film, reducing evaporation of the watery layer and keeping the eyes

hydrated. Preservative & phosphate free

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Cinitas Soothe

Clinitas Soothe stabilises and boosts the tear film. It is a preservative-free eye drop in easy to use resealable droppers. It has a uniquely high concentration of sodium hyaluronate (0.4% NaHA), which occurs naturally in the eye and hydrates the tear film, this helps provide long lasting comfort protection. It’s ideal for everyday use as well as occasional use, thanks to the resealable droppers, which you can keep for up to 12 hours once opened.

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Thealoz Duo

Thealoz Duo is our most popular eye drop. It’s best used for moderate to

severe dry eye disease. It is preservative free and contains natural ingredients designed to protect the epithelial cells on the eye’s surface, and also contains sodium hyaluronate, which adds moisture by retaining water to hydrate and lubricate the surface of the eye. One bottle lasts 6 months and it is suitable for use with contact lenses.

Further problems

Dry eye syndrome can lead to persistent of the eyes and be very uncomfortable. Severe untreated dry eyes can also cause blurred and fluctuating vision. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, it would be advisable to book an eye examination with one of the our highly trained Optometrists. We have the equipment and the expertise to examine your eyes and give you good advice on the best possible measures for your, depending on the type and severity of dry eyes that you have.

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Find Your Local Branch

Visit your nearest Kelly Eyecare branch in Bournemouth, Brockenhurst, Poole or Ringwood.

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Book an Appointment

To book your appointment, phone your local branch or use the link below to book online.

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Keeping You Safe

We are continuing to keep our practices Covid-safe to ensure peace of mind for your visit.

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