What is dry eye syndrome?
Dry eye syndrome also referred to as dry eye, is a common condition that occurs when the eyes don't make enough tears, or when the tears evaporate too quickly.
This leads to the eyes drying out and becoming red, swollen and irritated.
Symptoms of dry eye
The symptoms of dry eye are mild for most people, although more severe cases can be painful and lead to complications.
Symptoms usually affect both eyes and include:
- Feelings of dryness, grittiness or soreness that gets worse throughout the day
- Burning sensation and red eyes
- Eyelids that stick together when you wake up
- Temporarily blurred vision, which usually improves when you blink Some people may also have episodes of watering eyes, which can occur if the eye tries to relieve the irritation by producing more tears. Most will use eye drops to combat dry eye but this will only offer temporary relief.
How can dry eye be treated
Whether your symptoms are mild or serious, dry eye is an irritating and inconvenient condition which you do not have to put up with. At Optical Express we use Lipiflow treatment to target the cause of dry eye rather than just manage its symptoms to provide longer lasting relief.
Lipiflow sends gentle pulses of heat and pressure to clear the blocked glands, allowing them to function normally again.
It is a revolutionary treatment, and best of all it’s non-invasive and virtually painless. Eyepieces are placed on the patient’s eyelids, where they apply gentle heat and intermittent pressure to unblock the glands. Optical Express is one of the few eye care providers to offer this state of the art treatment and our patients enjoy excellent results and freedom from the irritating symptoms of dry eye.
86% of patients with dry eye are likely to benefit from Lipiflow therapy. If your dry eyes are causing you irritation and affecting your day to day life, Lipiflow could be the answer you’ve been looking for. While this treatment is not currently available at Optical Express in Ireland, you'll find out more information on our UK website at https://www.opticalexpress.co.uk/eye-health/dry-eye.
You can book a free consultation in one of our UK clinics to find relief from dry eye.
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