Dry eyes are an irritation for many people. An insufficiency in the tears’ quantity or quality can cause your eyes to feel gritty, irritated or sore, and sometimes even to water more. If left untreated, severe dry eyes can potentially damage your eyes and even affect your sight.
Dry Eye Syndrome, also called keratoconjunctivitis sicca, or sicca syndrome, occurs when your eyes cannot produce enough normal tears, or your tears evaporate too quickly. Sjögren’s Syndrome is a related condition with symptoms including dry eyes, dry mouth and arthritis. Find out more about dry eyes and Sjögren’s Syndrome.
There are a number of treatments for dry eyes, but their effectiveness depends heavily on an accurate diagnosis. At the Eye Institute, you’ll be seen by a doctor with experience in Dry Eye syndrome, who will carefully assess your symptoms and design a personalised treatment plan for you.
Artificial tears are a good temporary solution for some cases of dry eyes. They can provide immediate relief, and are available without a prescription. However, if you need to use eye drops more than three times a day, you should use preservative-free drops such as Bion Tears, Cellufresh, Polytears-Free or Refresh. Preservative-free drops are also safe to use with contact lenses.
Hot lid massage
One of the most common causes of dry eye syndrome is due to a poor quality oil layer in tears. The Meibomian glands, which are located along the eyelid margins, produce this oil. You can improve the oil production by applying heat to the eyelids, followed by a gentle massage of the eyelids.
Intense Pulsed Light Therapy (IPL)
This comfortable and straightforward treatment helps relieve dry eye symptoms, particularly when associated with congestion of Meibomian glands. IPL therapy is applied to the skin below the eye and can be repeated over several sessions.
Our specialists have carried out significant research into dry eyes. They have a great deal of experience in treating the condition. You’ll also benefit from our investment in the latest technology for diagnosing and treating Dry Eye Syndrome.
If your dry eyes are caused by insufficient tear volume, it may be necessary to reduce your tear drainage. We can perform a procedure called punctal occlusion. This treatment permanently or temporarily closes off your tear drainage channels, allowing you to retain your natural tears, reducing the need for eye drops.
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At your consultation, we’ll diagnose your issues, answer your questions and give you a clear recommendation based on your needs. You’ll confidently leave with a clear understanding of your treatment options.
After treatment, people often tell us how pleased they were that they took action when they did. They’re often so glad that they reached out so that we could address their concerns and help them resolve their troublesome eye condition.
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As part of his ophthalmology specialty training, Dr Dunne gained valuable experience in major centres such as Auckland and Wellington, with a final two years undertaking Medical Retina advanced training based at the Greenlane Eye Clinic in Auckland. LEARN MORE
Dry eyes are a chronic lack of lubrication and moisture on the surface of the eye. An adequate and consistent layer of tears on the surface of the eye is essential to keep your eyes healthy, comfortable, and seeing well.
Tears bathe the eye’s surface to keep it moist and wash away dust, debris and microorganisms that could damage the cornea and lead to an eye infection. Click here to read more.