Dry eye and Blepharitis are common conditions which can cause a wide range of symptoms from dry, itchy, uncomfortable eyes to the opposite – blurry and watery eyes. It is common to experience these symptoms in winter or dry, air conditioned environments and is more common in women than men and those over 40. Computer users and contact lens wearers can also commonly experience dry eye. Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelids which can lead to red, crusty uncomfortable eyelids and often is present alongside dry eye.
If you have had these symptoms for a while you will probably realise that there are a wide range of eye drops, gels and ointments available as well as oral supplements, lid cleaning products, heat packs and treatments on the market for both blepharitis and dry eye – knowing which will work best for you without expert guidance can be difficult. Sometimes the wrong treatment or drop can make your symptoms worse.
Understanding what is causing your symptoms and how best to treat them is the key aim of our dry eye clinic. Using the latest in dry eye diagnostic technology we can analyse different aspects of your tear film, ocular surface and eyelids to produce a personalised treatment plan.
This instrument allows us to capture digital imaging of your tear film and perform a number of different tests including :
None of these examinations are painful and your Optometrist will talk you through each one and when they instill some eyedrops there may be some mild stinging for a few seconds.
BlephEx treatment is also available for patients with significant blepharitis. This uses a sterile surgical microsponge to gently lift debris from the eyelid and eyelashes. It is not painful or unpleasant but can tickle.
We are also the only practice in the West of Scotland with the Oculus Keratograph K5M, InflammaDry and TearLab as well as digital slit lamp biomicroscopes. This level of technology is far more accurate and provides us with greater information than the traditional method of looking through a microscope at the eye.
A follow up examination costs £70 (Clarity members £60) and usually takes between 20 and 30minutes.
Should your Optometrist determine BlephEx treatment is needed the fee is £45 or £20 for Clarity members. BlephEx treatment is not available without a prior clinical assessment or diagnosis from one of our Optometrists.