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29 Sep 2017

Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry eye syndrome is an extremely common condition that can cause irritation and can blur vision.  It is now possible to perform advanced diagnostic tests to isolate the cause of an individual’s dry eye and target therapy to improve treatment effectiveness.  At Freedom Eye Laser we have invested in advanced diagnostics and treatment options to provide a dry eye centre of excellence. Our speciality clinic supports people experiencing this chronic, debilitating condition.

The most common cause of dry eye is dysfunction of the meibomian glands in the lid margin. These glands produce the oily layer of the tears.  If they get inflamed, they do not work properly and you get a reduction in this oily layer.  This, in turn, allows for accelerated tear evaporation and subsequent dry eye.  Certain environments such as wind or air conditioning can exacerbate these symptoms. Paradoxically it can cause a watery eye that’s dry in response to the unstable tear film.

Other causes of dry eye include Blepharitis (is an inflammatory condition of the eyelid margin that is a common cause of ocular discomfort and irritation at all ages); an autoimmune reduction in tear production (Sjogren’s Syndrome); and allergic eye disease to environmental irritants such as dust, pollens or animal fur.

Discover how Freedom Eye Laser offer tailored solutions to achieve relief from dry eye syndrome.  Learn more…