Dry Eye is common. Working for long hours on computers, the wearing of contact lenses, side-effects of some common medications, getting older and simply being female - all of these factors and more contribute to this sometimes very annoying condition.
Dry eyes impact your vision very significantly as the light rays entering the eye actually bend on the surface of the tear layer and not the cornea as one might imagine. If the tears are unstable, then the vision is less crisp.
FOR A WELLINGTON EYE CLINIC INFORMATION SHEET SUMMARIZING THE CONDITION AND THE TREATMENTS AVAILABLE PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK TOWARDS THE END OF THIS PAGE.
Fortunately both our diagnostic abilities and therapies for Dry Eyes have improved significantly. Today we can be more certain of the cause and then provide a more targeted therapy.
We have the most advanced technology available in Ireland in order to help diagnose and treat dry eyes.
We use the following special devices to help us diagnose the exact issue/s playing a role in your dry eye condition:
1) TearLab – providing an instant reading of tear osmolarity
2) LipiView – providing a sophisticated insight into the oil layer and how you are blinking
3) HD Analyzer – providing information on how your tears are affecting your quality of vision
It is important to improve the quality of the tear layer as much as possible prior to laser or lens/cataract surgery and this can be achieved by:
1. Taking Omega 3 capsules orally. We have found Omega Eye from PRN to work best using 4 capsules per day. For further information click here
2. Using a gel at night to place oils directly into the eye
3. By doing warm compresses using Opti-Therm eye bags
4. Mibo ThermoFlow warm compresses administered by our nurses & technicians (3 treatments over a number of weeks, lasting around 8-12 minutes per eyelid)
Sometimes Meibomian gland expression is also required to ensure that the glands in the lid are open and are allowing the Omega 3 oils to get into the tear film. The 3 videos adjacent show how to do warm compresses and how to do Meibomian Gland expression
For a short succinct summary of the condition and the treatment options available at the Wellington Eye Clinic compiled by our clinical staff, please click on the following link