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Dry Eye Clinic

Dry Eye Treatment in Brisbane, Booval, Wynnum, & Aspley

One of the most common reasons why people visit The Eye Health Centre is to find relief from dry eye disease. If you experience unrelenting eye dryness, itching or irritation or blurry vision due to these symptoms, we can reduce your symptoms and restore your eyes to good health. At The Eye Health Centre, our ophthalmologists and optometrists combine knowledge, experience and breakthrough technology to help you achieve your ocular health goals.

Dry Eye Syndrome Symptoms

What Causes Dry Eye Disease?

Ideally, eyes should be bathed in a consistent layer of tears. This tear film protects the surface of the eyes and keeps vision clear and the eyes comfortable. Dry eye occurs when the eyes fail to produce the appropriate quantity or quality of tears to stay moist and comfortable. This can occur due to underlying health conditions, medications, hormonal changes, environmental conditions and other factors.

Dry eye cases are classified as either aqueous deficient dry eye or evaporative dry eye. Aqueous deficient dry eye stems from a problem with the lacrimal glands, which are responsible for producing and secreting the watery layer of the tear film. Evaporative dry eye is caused by a problem with the meibomian glands, which produce and secrete the oily layer of tear film. Without these oils, tears evaporate prematurely from the surface of the eyes, and the eyes dry out.

Dry Eye Syndrome Symptoms?

The symptoms of dry eye disease are varied, and not everyone experiences the same ones. Your possible symptoms could include any of the following:

  • Red eyes
  • Itchy eyes
  • Burning eyes
  • The feeling that something is stuck in your eyes
  • Excessive tearing
  • Difficulty or discomfort wearing contact lenses
  • Blurry vision

A dry eye screening will confirm or rule out dry eyes. During the screening, our doctors will ask you about your symptoms and perform a full evaluation of your eyes and eyelids, looking for abnormalities or signs of a problem. We will also measure the moisture of your tears.

Dry Eye Treatment Options

After we have learned more about your dry eye symptoms and identified the factors contributing to your case, we can recommend one or more of the following solutions:

Artificial Tears and Medicated Eye Drops

The first line of defense against dry eye disease is usually the use of artificial tears or eye drops to restore moisture to the eyes.

Punctal Plugs

We can place tiny plugs in the tear drainage canals to reduce the rate of tear drainage and keep your eyes bathed in tears for longer periods of time.

Blephasteam

The Blephasteam device uses therapeutic heat to melt thickened oil secretions blocking meibomian glands. This restores the natural production and secretion of the oily layer of the tear film.

BlephEx

We use the BlephEx instrument to clean the eyelid rims and lashes of any debris that could contribute to blepharitis, or eyelid inflammation that has been linked to cases of dry eye.

Autologous Serum Tears

Autologous serum tears are made from your own blood serum and plasma. The tears help restore the ocular surface to good health in cases of severe dry eyes.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

We can perform intense pulsed light treatment to liquify thickened oil secretions in the meibomian glands and restore normal function. We also use IPL to reduce abnormal blood vessels around the eyes that promote inflammation on the ocular surface.

Find Relief From Dry Eyes

For more information about dry eye disease, please contact The Eye Health Centre today. We have four offices conveniently located in Brisbane, Booval, Aspley and Wynnum.