The surface of your eye is covered by a thin layer of liquid known as the tearfilm (tears). Your tears have several important functions: they lubricate your eyes, keeping them clean and free of dust, they protect your eyes against infections and they aid sight by by helping to stabilise your vision.
Tears are produced and controlled by a number of systems, and if any part of these systems break down it, can result in a reduced quantity and quality of tears. [Dry eyes is a chronic (long term) condition].
When you have dry eyes, usually you notice the followings:
- Your eyes may feel irritated and dry
- You may experience blurred vision
- You may feel that there is something in your eyes
- You may feel burning and itching in your eyes
- Your eyes may start to water or run (this may seem strange as you have "Dry eye" but watery eye are actually a common symptom of dry eyes.
Cause of Dry and Watery Eyes
- Age - the risk of dry eye-syndrome increase for people over age of 65, a population which is expected to double by 2030.
- Hormonal changes especially in women
- Side effect of some medications
- Being in hot, air-conditioned or windy environments for prolonged periods or sitting in front of TV's or computers.
- Contact lenses
- We need to establish the root cause of your dry eyes by having an initial assessment to establish the cause of dry eyes.
- From these results our clinician can establish the most appropriate treatment and management appropriate to you.
- We use the latest techniques for treatment, including BlephEx technology.