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Dry Eyes Dry Eyes

Dry Eyes

Have you got eyes that itch all the time? Or your eyes always feel dry and uncomfortable? An abundance of factors can lead to dry eyes, and it can be a sign of various different or relating conditions.

What Are The Symptoms Of Dry Eyes?

Dry eye symptoms may not be easy or convenient to handle. Your eyes can feel tired, gritty and cause you regular discomfort; it is a common occurrence.

The Causes Of Dry Eyes

From environmental factors to medical conditions and medications, the causes of dry eye syndrome can be numerous and extensive.

Such as:

  • Medications ie. acne treatments and antidepressants
  • The use or overuse of computers/laptops/tablets or phones (screen time in general)
  • Heating and/or air conditioning
  • Meibomian gland malfunction
  • The use or overuse of contact lenses
  • Medical conditions like Sjogren's syndrome and/or rheumatoid arthritis

Meibomian Gland Malfunction

The most typical cause of dry eyes is when the meibomian glands are unable to produce enough oils to prevent evaporation of tears.

An oily substance called meibum stops tears from evaporating and keeps the eye well lubricated. Should the meibomian gland get blocked and inflamed, there is a reduction in the oily substance, the eye loses hydration, becomes dry, and eventually causes discomfort.

Both men and women over the age of 50 are most likely affected by this condition and are commonly affected by dry eye syndrome.

Also, women on medications such as ivf fertility drugs or birth control are at increased risk of this infection as they experience changes in hormones similarly to pregnant or breastfeeding women.

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The Treatment Options For Dry Eye Syndrome

At your initial consultation, your doctor may recommend a BlephEx treatment that can be combined with a dry eye treatment plan. These two can significantly improve symptoms of dry eye. Typically, treatment is administered two times a year; however, it will be planned and adjusted based on what your needs are.

Another solution that can be of help to alleviate dry eye condition is artificial tear supplements. Sometimes, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics or steroids for treatment. They may even insert tiny plugs to stop tears from flowing from the eye. Specialist medication like Ikervis or Restasis can be recommended. Serum eye drops can also be prescribed in severe cases.

It is not possible to cure dry eyes itself; however, the condition responsible for it can be corrected. Artificial tear supplements can lower painful symptoms of eye irritation.

Eating foods low in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin A can lead to dry eye syndrome. So, eat more fish, liver, vegetable oils, broccoli, carrots, walnuts, and take supplements to prevent this condition.

Wearing contact lens can also cause dry eyes which is why we advise you to slow down and avoid excessive use for some time. Consult your optician since changing brands of contact lens can lessen your chances of having dry eye.

Are you wondering if laser eye surgery can be done if you have dry eyes? Please speak with our doctors for more information.

FAQs

Q: Is it possible to have laser eye surgery with dry eyes?

A: You are not alone if you have dry eyes. A large number of people do have it too. Most importantly, you will not want the condition to get worse. There are beliefs that laser eye surgery makes dry eyes syndrome worse than before; however, this doesn't hold in every case.

Amid all the various factors responsible for dry eyes, the primary one is your tear quantity and quality. To have healthy eyes, you need the right amount of tear film and moisture. Should your eyes be unable to generate sufficient tears or the consistency isn't right, they will quickly evaporate, leaving you with dry eyes.

Inflammation of the cornea comes as a result of dry eyes and leads to itching, redness, burning sensation, and general eye discomfort.

Other things could bring about dry eyes, including:

  • Some prescription medication
  • Allergic reactions and medications for allergies
  • Ageing and/or changes in hormones during pregnancy, breastfeeding and/or menopause
  • Heating and/or air conditioning systems
  • City pollution and/or dry air
  • The use or overuse of computers/laptops/tablets or phones (screen time in general)
  • Using contact lenses
  • Some autoimmune diseases

With dry eyes, your treatment may be impacted even after laser surgery. But, we usually carry out a screening before laser eye surgery to be sure the dry eyes will not truncate your eye recovery process. The reason for your dry eyes may be looked into, and there is a possibility that more measures will be put in place to lower the impact or turn it around before having the laser eye surgery.

Q: Can flaxseed oil help to manage dry eyes?

A: Abundant in omega-3 fatty acid, flaxseed provides these essential acids that are needed in our diet since the body cannot produce them on its own. When taken in the form of a capsule, omega-3 supplements have proven to lower symptoms of dry eye syndrome. However, studies have put the spotlight on omega-3 obtained from fish oil. This has made some wonder if flaxseed oil can match the efficiency of fish oil in treating dry eyes.

For dry eyes patients who are vegetarian and may not want to consume animal-related food or medicines, using flaxseed oil as a source of omega-3 instead of food and medicine from fish may be most preferred.

Again, adding flaxseed that's been ground to your diet instead of having capsules can increase your omega-3 intake more cheaply.

Discuss the perks of flaxseed oil for dry eyes with your doctor before taking a course of supplements.

Q: It's winter, how can I treat dry eyes?

A: The effect of winter on dry eyes can be discomforting. But you can lower these effects following these simple preventative steps:

  • Try and prevent your surrounding from getting too dry using a humidifier
  • Fight dehydration by drinking a lot of water
  • Wear protective glasses to shield your eyes from bad/windy weather conditions
  • Take regular breaks from your computer screen especially if your work with computers all day.
  • Add enough vitamin A and omega-3 oils to your food. It works to improve your eye health. You can also take supplements.

Q: Other than laser eye surgery, what other treatments can combat dry eyes?

A: This common eye disorder can be made worse by LASIK or LASEK which is why certain patients shouldn't have laser eye surgery. There are some conditions linked to dry eye syndrome, including blepharitis, connective tissue disorder, rheumatoid conditions, and Sjogren's syndrome. Certain patients may just be naturally inclined to having dry eyes. Also, most dry eye patients cannot withstand the discomfort caused by the use of contact lens and as such resort to glasses for better vision.

Patients having dry eyes and desire to correct their vision and not use glasses may go for the Visian ICL implantable contact lens. This special kind of lens implant is situated at the back of the pupil inside the eye.

You can't see the lens from the exterior and neither can you feel it. Since the early 1900s, the Visian ICL has been in use; evolving into various models from that time.

Here, it is the most recent V4C model lens with Centraflow technology that we use. The surface of the eye and tear film is undisturbed as the lens is implanted into the eye via a tiny 2mm incision at the edge of the cornea. ICL requires zero cleaning and maintenance, unlike a regular contact lens worn over the eye surface. This method is reversible, and you can take out the lens when needed, for example, when you need to have cataract surgery in future. Sight is quickly regained post-ICL surgery, and a lot of patients get optimum bison without aid one or two days post-surgery.

Q: Why Choose Our Clinic For This Treatment?

A: You shouldn't have a long-standing problem with dry eyes because the discomfort can be worrisome, and excessive dryness can permanently damage the front of your eye. So, it is immensely vital you get help for dry eyes from your optician since the chances of eye infections are high.

We have highly experienced surgeons for proper diagnosis and dry eye treatment at our practice.

Apart from that, see other reasons why we stand out for this treatment:

  • Excellent experts

Knowing the danger of surgery from poorly experienced surgeons, we encourage you to seek the best in the industry. We are happy to say that we have carefully selected and retained only dedicated and highly successful surgeons with a heart for treating patients optimally at our practice.

Our surgeons have received the best training at the best centres in London and around the world. So, we have the requisite experience, knowledge, and skills to perform this operation successfully. Holding their heads high in excellent training for cornea, refractive, and cataract surgery, our surgeons have a very high level of surgical skills.

  • We are a consultant-led practice

At the helm of operations at our practice are well-trained consultants with decades of experience in pterygium surgery. We take pride in our ability to give the best form of eye treatment depending on what you and your eye/s require. You’ll get customised treatment plans for specific needs, followed by great aftercare and support post treatment.

  • State-of-the-art technology

Laser eye surgery and lens surgery are done using the latest technology and tools in the industry. Same goes for pterygium surgery. We have all that's needed to perform a painless and effective tissue excision to bring back the health of your eye. What we do at Optimal Vision is to combine the best optical technology with the best hands in surgery to repair any damage that has been done to the eye. It's a painstaking effort, but we do it because we are passionate about delivering only one thing - excellent eye care services!

  • Easy access

You can visit our central clinic in London for eye treatment. We are readily available for your eye treatment.

  • Video consultation

Should it not be possible for you to come in person to our clinic, you can get our professional help via video consultation. This is available for all patients. Just like a typical video call, you will get to speak with our surgeon and get to know more about your eye condition.

  • 0% financing

We offer a 0% finance for patients who need any of our eye surgical treatments. With this, you can pay more conveniently by spreading the payment over 12 months if required.

Need Help With Eyecare?

We are always delighted to see patients return home with their eye condition restored to normal. Thanks to our dedication to excellence and highly advanced practitioners and technologies.

Are you having problems with your eyesight and would like a diagnostic test and possible treatment options? Feel free to contact us today.

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Dr Amir Mani - Specialist refractive surgeon

One of the most experienced refractive surgeons in London

Dr Mani has performed more than 20,000 ophthalmic procedures, including LASIK, LASEK, PRK, Femto Cataract, RLE, Lens ICL and Phakic IOL Surgery

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