Do you suffer from redness, burning, itching, tired and watery eyes? Do you notice a feeling of sand or grit in the eyes, or fluctation in vision, difficulty using the computer for long periods  or contact lens discomfort? The likely chances are that you may suffer from Dry Eye Disease (DED), which may be associated with blepharitis.

Dry eyes may appear red and sore
or appear fairly normal on examination

Around 30% of the population have dry eye symptoms and 15% of people aged over 50 have Dry Eye Disease (DED). This condition affects over 100 million people worldwide.

Common every-day activities such as computer use, eyedrops, contact lenses and the surrounding environment can worsen the symptoms of DED.

Miss Vickie Lee has a special interest in Dry Eye Disease and there is now a simple and efficient test, called Tearlab™that allows specific diagnosis and accurate monitoring of this condition in many patients.

TREATMENT
A permanent and definitive treatment for Dry Eye is still not yet available. However over recent years there has been significant scientific progress in the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of dry eye and blepharitis/meibomian gland disease. These new advances can make the symptoms of the disease more controllable. A detailed history will be taken and an individualised treatment plan can be formulated to effectively relieve the symptoms.

Note: All treatment is preceded by a consultation and examination to establish the correct diagnosis.

The Tearlab Test

Dry eye patients now have access to a new diagnostic and monitoring tool: theTearlab™system. The Tearlab™ Osmolarity System is one of the most utilised and validated diagnostic devices for the clinical diagnosis, severity assessment and management of dry eye disease by collecting and instantly measuring a tiny sample of the patient’s tears.