Dry Eye Clinic

Our expert optomertists are here to help! Visit our clinics located in Perth for your dry eye treatment today! 

What is Dry Eye Syndrome?

dry lake displayed as a human eye to represent dry eye

 

When there is low tear production, poor quality tears, abnormalities of the eye surface or eye lids. this causes issues with the lubrication of the eyes, causing a common problem called dry eyes. While dry eyes is more common in adults, they can affect the younger as well.

Our expert optometrists have experience treating dry eye syndrome. At E Eye Place we offer a variety of professional treatments, depending on the individual and severity. If left untreated, dry eyes can lead to infection and inflammation. In severe instances, the corneas become scarred, which may require more invasive treatment.

Dry eye symptoms can be seriously uncomfortable. That’s why it is crucial to be assessed and receive tailored treatment at an optometrist with additional equipment. E Eye Place is equipped with the Oculus K5M which provides a comprehensive dry eye assessment.

Looking for Dry Eye Treatment in Perth?

Doctor putting eye drops into a patients eyes to help manage dry eye symptoms

Dry eye is a condition that progresses as you age. Unfortunately, there are certain cases where dry eye syndrome cannot be cured completely. In good news,, the experts at E Eye Place have treatment for you! 

At E Eye Place, we have a range of optometry-only products to help you manage your dry eyes. The products we offer are:  

  • Blephasteam: an eyelid warming device that helps rid meibomian gland dysfunction. 
  • Cequa: A prescribed eye drop specifically for more severe levels of dry eye syndrome
  • Ikervis: A solution that helps manage the inflammation of the cornea to help manage moisture 
  • Dry Eye Glasses
  • Dry Eye Gels & Ointment
  • Dry Eye Spray

There is no need to look up a dry eye clinic near me on Google. Schedule an appointment with E Eye Place today to have your dry eye managed.

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What Causes Dry Eye Disease?

Our eyes naturally produce tears to keep the eyes healthy. So, what causes tears? In a normal eye, three important components make it easy to produce tears in simple terms:

  • 1.Fatty oil or oily (lipid) component
  • 2.Aqueous or watery fluid from the lacrimal glands
  • 3.Mucous (mucin) component from the goblet cells in your conjunctiva, the tissue that covers the sclera (white of the eye)
dry eye eye drop coming off the edge of eye lash

When the human eye has any problem with any of the 3 components it can lead to reduction in tears which can lead to “dry eyes”. The 4 main impacts that can cause a reduction in tears being produced are:

  • Hormone changes
  • Eye allergies
  • Inflammation of the eyelid glands
  • Autoimmune disease
lady itching her eyes due to dry eyes causing irritation in her eye

Most people have dry eyes because their tear production has decreased, which means there is not enough water produced. This condition is known as keratoconjunctivitis sicca. Certain people are at risk, including those with Sjogren’s syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus. Medications can also increase dry eye occurrence, including antihistamines, antidepressants, and decongestants.

Others experience an increase in tear evaporation caused by clogged meibomian glands or the tiny glands on the eyelids’ edges. It’s a common condition for people with skin disorders, such as rosacea. If you blink less than normal, have a vitamin A deficiency, and are exposed to dry air or smoke, it may be due to increased tear evaporation.

Age is also a risk factor. Research suggests that older people are more prone to getting dry eyes. About 20% of individuals who are over 75 have the condition, according to this study. However, this condition is common in adults who are in their 50s. Women and people who wear contact lenses have a higher risk, as well.

Common Dry Eye Symptoms

Dry eyes are uncomfortable and may cause you to feel like your eyes are burning. Some people also complain about having some of the following dry eye symptoms:

  • Watery or weepy eyes
  • Stinging eyes
  • Scratchy eyes or foreign body sensation
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Mucous around the eyes
  • Red eyes
  • Blurry vision
  • Eye fatigue
  • Eyelids twitching or spasming

If you often feel there is something in your eyes even when there is nothing there, it may be due to the increased dryness in your eyes. Although the eye surface is dry, irritation can make your eyes water. If you wear contact lenses, having dry eyes can make it difficult to insert, remove, or wear them for a reasonable amount of timebecause of the discomfort.

Common Symptoms

Untreated dry eye symptoms can cause serious issues, such as corneal abrasions or sores and eye infections. Your day to day activities will also be affected because dry eyes can prevent you from reading and driving efficiently. In extreme cases, untreated dry eyes can result in vision loss. Speak to us to find out more about our dry eye clinic today.

How Do we Diagnose Dry Eye Disease?

One of the best ways to diagnose dry eye is through a comprehensive eye exam. A comprehensive eye exam, is a complete assessment of your eyes and vision. It includes an entire history of your eye health, as well as your overall health.

Looking for a dry eye clinic near me? E Eye Place is here in Perth. We offer tests and procedures using the Oculus Keratograph 5M (K5) to diagnose and determine dry eye cause. It’s an extremely fast procedure that supports multiple functions and tests, including Meibography (meibomian gland imaging) and TF-Scan for assessing the tear film.

An individual receiving a dry eye diagnosis test, with an eye care professional using diagnostic equipment to assess their eye health

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Talk to us. We’re here to help with any of your dry eye symptoms.

Frequently Asked Questions

There is no cure for dry eyes, although with the correct treatment you can improve the symptoms.

Remember dry eye is a chronic condition. It’s important to continue treatment, unless your doctor tells you otherwise.

Depending on how severe your dry eye symptoms are can depend on the treatment that we recommend.  For severe cases we recommend to book an appointment, in light cases we can recommend:

  • Dry eye drops
  • Dry eye spray
  • Belphasteam
  • Moisture chamber glasses

Dry eyes can lead to watery eyes, which may appear unusual but is a common symptom of this condition. It occurs when your eyes overproduce tears in an attempt to compensate for rapid tear evaporation, often caused by issues with your eyelid glands. Another potential cause of watery eyes is a partial or complete blockage of the tear ducts located in the corners of your eyes, responsible for draining tears from the eye.

Dry eye sufferers may encounter eyelid inflammation, also known as blepharitis.

In some cases, harmless skin bacteria can lead to infections along the eyelid margins, resulting in crusting on the lashes or lid edges, especially upon waking, and an uncomfortable itch.

When left unaddressed, blepharitis can trigger inflammation, leading to redness, swelling, and irritation of the eyelids. This inflammation can disrupt the usual tear production process, ultimately contributing to dry eye.

A mild case of dry eye syndrome is very common, this if treated correctly will not cause blindness. 

In the case of severe  or untreated cases of dry eyes, this can lead to permanent loss of site. 

Studies show a possible link between dry eyes and headaches but further research is needed to understand the complicated connection

Read our blog: Can Dry Eyes Cause Headaches? Common Causes and Best Treatments

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