DRY EYE SYNDROME

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Tears are designed to keep your eyes lubricated, so when you don’t produce enough or they evaporate too quickly, they can dry out.

This leads to dry eye syndrome, a condition where your eyes becoming red, sore, irritated and swollen.

You may also experience a burning sensation, or find that your eyelids are stuck together when you wake up. Dry eye syndrome may cause mild vision problems, but these usually go away when you blink.

It’s difficult to ignore and often very uncomfortable. Our doctors can take a look at your eyes and ask questions that will help them understand what’s causing the problem. They’ll then be able to advise you on the most effective treatment.

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What Causes Dry Eye Syndrome?

The main reason for dry eye syndrome is that you’re unable to produce tears as you normally would. There are a number of possible reasons for this, including:

  • Your contact lenses
  • A side effect of medication you’re taking
  • A symptom of another eye-related medical condition, such as blepharitis
  • Hot or windy weather

This condition can affect all age groups, but is most common in people over 65. It’s also more likely to affect women than men.

Dry Eye Syndrome Treatment

While dry eye syndrome is inconvenient, it’s rarely serious. Common treatments include eye drops and anti-inflammatories, and our doctors can help you find the most effective medication.

If a prescription is needed, they can write one for you and we’ll arrange for you to collect your medicine from a pharmacy of your choice.

In the event that your dry eye syndrome is a symptom of another condition, our doctors will help you treat this problem and in doing so, deal with your dry eyes.

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If you have a problem with dry eye syndrome, don’t ignore it. Our doctors can see you within six minutes and help you work out what’s causing the problem, as well as how to treat it.
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