Dry eye is a chronic eye condition that affects approximately one-third of Australian adults – half of those aged over 50.
Dry eye sufferers cannot produce an adequate layer of protection on the surface of the eyes, causing inflammation in the front ocular surface. It can cause irritation, extreme discomfort and difficulty with everyday activities like driving, reading, using a computer and watching TV.
Our tears play a pivotal role in protecting the eye from inflammation, and the treatment is not as simple as adding water to lubricate. No synthetic substance can mimic the same molecules in the tear film: which are mucous (anchors the tear film to the eye) and meibum (oily layer).
Studies show that more than 80% of dry eye patients had some sort of meibomian gland dysfunction and a problem with oily tear glands located in the eyelids.
Like many diseases, if left undiagnosed, dry eye develops and worsens slowly over time. Early assessment and management will help ensure that the condition does not exacerbate.
We all know that good dental hygiene keeps our teeth and gums healthy, and the same logic applies to reduce your chances of developing dry eye. Maintaining good eyelid health and function is the best way to avoid dry eye disease.
Dye eyes is a multifactorial disease that requires professional treatment and advice. Although there is no cure for dry eyes, the symptoms can be alleviated with various treatments.
There are a number of factors that can cause or contribute to dry eye including
Tears ensure the eyes remain moist, wash away irritants like dust and debris to prevent eye infections. Insufficient tear production can result in the symptoms of dry eye. These include
There is no known cure for dry eye; however, the condition can be managed with treatment. Treatments include using eye drops, gels or ointments to lubricate the surface of the eye and to ensure you blink more often.
Here at Eye Connection, our optometrist is highly experienced in the assessment and management of dry eye. Utilising the latest in diagnostic equipment, we can help reduce discomfort and hindrances to everyday activities. Regular eye checks with your local South Yarra optometrist will help detect any eye abnormalities and any necessary treatments.
For professional diagnosis of dry eye and treatment in St Kilda, South Yarra and St Kilda, get in touch with us today to book in a consultation.