Not a dry eye in the house!
What is dry eye?
Dry eye condition is a common disease in which our eyes either produce less tears or tears leave the eye too quickly. A normal tear film acts as moisturiser and lubricant. The lack of this moisture and lubrication can lead to a variety of eye problems. Dry eye can also be common result of blepharitis. Blepharitis is a chronic, inflammatory disease of the eyelids caused by an overgrowth of normal bacteria living along the lid and the base of the eyelashes. Anyone of us can get blepharitis however the prevalence increases with age.
So what are the symptoms of dry eye and who are likely to get it more
- Burning itchy sensation which get worse by wind or smoke.
- Sometimes blurred vision and eye fatigue
- Non tolerance to contact lenses
- Excessive tears production. The eye becomes irritated by lack of lubrication and tries to compensate the lack of tear production.
- Foreign body sensation
- Crusting and matting of the eye (more common with blepharitis)
Anyone can get dry eyes, however it is typically more common in older people and yes unfortunately, ladies (especially the ones who are going through certain age in their lives!)
However there is increased prevalence of dry eye in younger patients due to excessive exposure to personal devices such as phones and computers. Also the use of certain medications such as antihistamine, B blockers, sleeping pills and diuretic can play a role in the developing of dry eye
Ok any treatment??
- Artificial tears: By applying preservative free artificial tear drops as little or often as necessary. We recommend the use of preservative free preparation such as Thealoz Duo drops, or the gel form depending on the symptoms.
- Punctal plugs made of collagen can be used to close the tear duct, thus preventing tears from leaving the eye so quickly.
- Changing the working or living condition, in which tears evaporate quickly; for example, by usuing a humidifier in a dry house , wearing wrap – around glasses in the wind.
BlephEx & Blepharitis Treatment
The traditional way of treatment of blepharitis is regular lid margin scrubbing using one of the commercially available lid care products such as Blephasol or the wipe Blephaclean wipes. Popular addition also is to use a specially designed reusable heat bag which you place over your eyes for about five minutes, The heat bags are warmed in a microwave . This will ensure the heat is retained for many minutes , allowing a constant warmth over both eyes(a hot flannel usually cool very quickly).
Fortunately, with the advances in treatment modalities, there is a revolutionary new treatment for blepharitis. BLEPHEx is an in- office procedure performed by your eye care practitioner in our practice. As an eye care practitioner , we can directly and precisely eliminate the scurf and bacterial debris that builds up along the lid margin. Treatments are usually repeated at regular monthly intervals depending on the severity of the disease. Sufferers can then start to produce more of their own tears and finally enjoy a life from the chronic and irritating symptoms associated with blepharitis and its subsequent dry eye disease.