If you have dry eyes then you will benefit from our Dry Eye Clinic
Dry Eye is a chronic eye problem. Once you have Dry Eye, the condition cannot be “cured”, however, with the correct treatment, the symptoms of Dry Eye can be confidently treated and managed.
We are able to access the severity of your condition, diagnose the root cause and prescribe an appropriate treatment plan. You will be seen by our optometrist Nick Croft, who has a specialist independent prescribing qualification. This means that medications normally only available through the Hospital Eye Service, can be prescribed to you, should you require it.
Signs of blepharitis can include:
• Itchy and sore eyelids
• Eyelids that stick together and are difficult to open, particularly when you wake up
• Eyelashes that become crusty or greasy
Blepharitis is usually a long-term condition. Most people experience repeated episodes, separated by periods without symptoms.
Treatment involves eyelid hygiene and warm compresses. More severe cases may require antibiotics which we can prescribe that are either applied to the eye or eyelid directly, or taken as tablets.
As dry eye syndrome is caused by an imbalance of tears on the eye’s surface, the most logical way to treat the problem is to artificially replace the tears and by doing so improve both the quality and quantity. There are a variety of artificial tears available and you will be advised the best option for your problem as part of the treatment programme.
We also investigate the underlying causes of your dry eye and can prescribe treatments and medication to help with these.
We have set up our dry eye clinic to help you manage your symptoms better.
At your first appointment we identify the cause of your dry eyes, recommend a treatment regime and arrange follow up appointments where necessary. This first appointment will last about 30 minutes. The cost of this assessment is £60 and each follow up appointment will cost £40. The first follow up appointment will usually be 3-4 weeks after the prescribed treatment regime. Many patients will only require two appointments to be able to manage and control the condition themselves.