Dry Eye and Blepharitis

Uncomfortable eyes can be an ongoing problem for many people.  Different individuals will complain of varying symptoms – soreness, pain, dryness, grittiness, itchiness, stinging, blurring, burning,  lid/lash crusting, prickling, redness, light sensitivity or watering.  These can all have many possible causes, some more serious than others.

The optometrist will be able to identify any sinister pathology and organise a referral for treatment. However, the major cause of any of the above symptoms is Dry Eye and/or Blepharitis.

Dry Eye is a condition of the tears and the front surface of the eye, that results in symptoms of discomfort and visual disturbance. There are several possible causes such as insufficient or excess evaporation of tears, or blepharitis.

Blepharitis is a common inflammatory condition of the eyelids, often associated with bacterial or dry skin conditions such as eczema. Oils and other products normally secreted by the eye and eyelids, build up on the lid surface and eyelashes, resulting in uncomfortable eyes.

Both Blepharitis and Dry Eye can be managed/treated successfully, but only once the exact type of problem has been identified.  This can be a lengthy process, so it is not possible to do this full assessment within a routine eye examination. So we recommend a separate appointment with one of our skilled optometrists.  A private fee will be charged, for the time required and any suggested treatment products – please see our list of fees and charges or ask reception staff for more information.