Dry and Watery Eye clinic
If you are experiencing the following symptoms, you could have DRY EYE.
- Tired eyes
- Itchy eyes – thinking you have Hay Fever
- Watery eyes
- Sensitivity to light
- Burning or stinging
- Grittiness like an eyelash in the eye
- Sore eyelids
- Intermittent blurring of vision helped by blinking
The good news is that Andy Molsom is now treating these symptoms in the practice potentially with the Eye-Light device, which is the latest technology to treat dry and watery eyes and the only device of its kind available in Lincolnshire.
The aim and benefit of the treatment is to:
- Can help better control of severe dry eyes.
- Can treat eyelid cysts – a slightly painful lump on the eyelid margin which can be recurrent.
- Reduce (or eliminate) the reliance on eyedrops and other extensive treatment regimes.
Why do we get dry and watery eyes?
Common causes include:
- Previous eye surgery
- Hormonal changes, such as during the menopause
- Side effects of certain medications
- Underlying medical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis
- Underlying eye conditions such as blepharitis
- Being in a hot or windy climate
- Working in an air-conditioned environment
- Excessive use of display screens, driving or concentrated tasks
- Reaction to long term contact lens wear
The above cause mild inflammation which in turn reduces the Meibomian Glands producing a greasy fluid which is vital to good quality tears. This causes Meibomian Gland Dysfunction and Blepharitis which can lead to blocked glands which can become infected as Meibomian Cysts.
New Consultations and Treatments
We have introduced our NEW Advanced Dry and Watery Eye Clinic led by Andy Molsom. This is a 30 minute consultation to discuss, assess, educate and decide on a plan for treatment options together. This plan could include some of the latest products including using the Eye-Light device to promote better quality of tears to protect the front window of the eye and reduce long term risk to sight.
Consultations will cost £79 for all customers where a treatment plan will be discussed.
This may include using Eye-Light treatment costing £375 for 3 treatments or 5 treatments costing £500. Payment plans are available.
Why do we need this new treatment?
Treating Dry Eye used to be all about eyedrops, however this mostly just treats the symptoms rather than treating the root cause of the problem. Over 85% of dry eye sufferers have a problem with the tear quality which causes increased evaporation of tears rather than the quantity of tears which eyedrops can replace.
To gain real long term benefit we must consider the eyelids and the junction between the eyelid and the eye and its effects on tear chemistry and quality. This is where a greasy fluid is produced to lubricate the eye and protect the tear film from evaporation. It’s with various treatments that we can improve the working of these glands (called Meibomian glands) so that you can produce better quality tears and have more comfortable eyes. All of these treatments can be intensive, time consuming and difficult to maintain.
This is where Eye-Light can be used as an adjunct therapy to improve tear quality and reduce (or stop) the reliance on other treatments.
As we all use more screens, we are seeing more people struggling with dry eye, including Andy. Use of the Eye-Light system to counteract these changes in our tears is another tool to make our eyes more comfortable.
How does it work?
The Eye-Light system uses special light sources to stimulate the Meibomian glands to improve the greasy fluid which reduces tear evaporation, reduces inflammation (which is primary cause of Meibomian Gland Dysfunction and Blepharitis) and warming the glands to reduce blockages.
Please contact the team to book your consultation with Andy Molsom on 01775 713366. Our Dispensing Optician Mary will be assisting Andy with these clinics and is happy to discuss any areas of the treatment required.