Dry Eye Clinics – Specialist advice clinic for all dry eye sufferers
Dry eyes – Gritty, red, sore eyes, apart from poor vision are probably the most common symptoms we encounter in practice on a day to day basis. It affect millions of people; it usually results from a problem with the tear film which lubricates the eye’s surface. It may occur either as a result of reduced tear production or when the tears evaporate from the surface too quickly.
Be more careful as you get older!
Dry eyes may affect people of any age but decreased tear production is common as we get older particularly in post-menopausal women. Certain medications have this as a side effect and it is prevalent in long-term contact lens wearers as well as a result of refractive laser eye surgery e.g. Lasik.
Environmental conditions such as air conditioning, air pollution, heating and wind all increase tear evaporation. Concentrated activities such as reading, watching TV and staring at a computer screen decrease the blink rate which adds to the problem.
Sometimes increased tear evaporation is a result of malfunctioning meibomian glands in the eyelid margins. Certain medical conditions increase the likelihood of dry eyes e.g. autoimmune diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid conditions and diabetes. It is well recognised that the average GP is inexperienced in the treatment of dry eyes – their only answer usually being the basic hypromellose eye drops. There are numerous better preparations available.
Today a whole new science has developed to assist the dry eye sufferer. There are today a confusing amount of products on the market which are aimed at the ‘Dry Eye’ sufferer- from eye drops, to sprays, nutritional supplements, lid wipes, lotions, hot compresses – even mechanical hot steam devices to clear blocked meibomian glands in the eyelids!
This is why we now offer specialist advice at our Dry Eye Clinics – click for more details.
At last! There is no need to trial and error a sequence of products to find the right one for a patient – we can select now just one drop for ALL our patients who suffer with dry eyes.
The new product from Spectrum Thea is THEALOZ DUO – combining sodium hyaluronate (0.15%) and trehalose (3%) in a hypotonic formulation – it matches all the requirements for a modern, effective product. Sodium hyaluronate provides long-lasting lubrication and soothing for the ocular surface, whilst trehalose protects the delicate cells on the surface of the eye from dryness and the concentrated salts in the tears of a dry eye. And, best of all, the bottle is easy to use andcleverly designed so that preservatives are no longer required, giving safe, measured drops for three months (300 drops).