Dry Eye Treatment Perth
Sick of gritty, sore eyes?
Get an accurate diagnosis and a personalised dry eye treatment plan with our experienced optometrist at Eye C Optometry.
About Dry Eye
Dry eye is a common condition and can range in severity from occasional grittiness to constant discomfort and blur. There is no cure for dry eye but it can be successfully managed. Although dry eye has often in the past been trivialised by practitioners, it can significantly affect your quality of life. Dry eye tends to worsen with time if left untreated.
Historically, dry eye was usually just treated with drops. We now know that inflammation plays a major role. Although drops are still important, many other treatments are available, many of which are crucial in managing symptoms over the long term. Treatment types vary depending on the severity and underlying causes but all work towards breaking the inflammatory cycle and regaining balance and equilibrium within the eye.
Dry Eye Diagnosis
The first step is to undergo a comprehensive dry eye assessment. During this assessment process we determine the severity of your dry eye, how much inflammation is present, and whether your symptoms are related to a deficiency of watery tears or a problem with oil production and quality (or a mix of each).
Dry Eye Treatment Options
Treatment options are tailored to your specific needs. There is no quick fix for dry eye and treatment programs are always long term. Although many treatments provide a degree of early relief, it can take up to 3 months for significant change to occur in the eye, and up to 6 months for more advanced cases.
Dry eye treatment options at Eye C Optometry include eye drops to replace the aqueous (watery) tear layer, drops to replace the oily tear layer, mixed use drops, tear sealants, manuka honey based eye drops to reduce inflammation, lid debridement, heat therapy (in house and take home), lid scrubs, environmental modification, meibomian gland expression, and short courses of topical steroids and oral antibiotics to break the inflammatory cycle (medications prescribed in conjunction with your GP).