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One of our most common complaints in the practice is dry eye. It is a condition that affects both men and women, especially later in life. Dry eye syndrome is simply characterized by insufficient tears. As we age, tear production slows, causing tired, dry, stinging, itchy, red eyes, with an occasional gritty feeling and sometimes blurred vision. There are other factors that can create dry eyes, such as environment and climate, irritants like smoke and chemicals, post lasik and cataract surgery, prolonged periods of time in front of a computer, medications and some medical conditions.

An eye examination with a tear film work up can diagnose dry eye, and treatment is often a period of time using lubricants and making an effort to hydrate your body with around 2 litres of water a day. This treatment may even need to be a long term plan to help keep your eyes lubricated. In extreme cases, surgical intervention may be required.

Another condition that often coincides with dry eye is Blepharitis, which is inflammation of the eyelids. In this case, bacteria that normally lives harmlessly on the skin, can cause infection of the eyelid margins. The result is a crusting of the lashes and lids and an itchy sensation. If left untreated Blepharitis can stimulate inflammation and cause eyelids to become red, swollen and irritated. Soapy cleaners gentle enough to avoid eye irritation can be used to clean the eye lashes and lid margins, as well as eye drops and ointments.

If you have been experiences any of the above symptoms, give us a call today (07 5536 6325) and we can get your eyes back on track to being healthy and comfortable once more.

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Reference – https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/dry-eye

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