Dry Eye Clinic
If you suffer from any of the following symptoms, you could possibly have a common tear problem which is known as Dry Eye;
Feeling like there is something in your eye (foreign body sensation)
Scratchy, gritty eyes
Aching or sore eyes
Smarting or burning eyes
Sensitivity to light (photophobia)
Eyes tire easily, particularly noticeable when reading, watching TV or using a computer
Contact lens discomfort or intolerance
Excessive mucus discharge
Eyes easily irritated by smoke, fragrances, etc.
Blurred vision, particularly first thing in the morning, and/or late in the day
Eyelids "stuck shut" on waking
Eyelids feel "heavy"
The good news is, once it has been properly investigated, most people find that it is relatively easy to treat.
Many patients come to our practice each year complaining of dry eyes. Dry eyes typically get worse as we age and it is a chronic (or long term) condition that requires ongoing treatment. In other words, there is no cure for dry eyes but there are things we can do to manage the dryness and keep our eyes comfortable.
There are many causes of dry eye and at the Dry Eye Clinic we will carefully consider your own symptoms. One of our highly trained Optometrists will undertake a range of specialist examination techniques to assess your eyes, your eyelids, and the quality and quantity of tears you produce. We will then recommend the latest and best treatments to alleviate your symptoms and ensure that you leave knowing exactly how to treat your particular condition with a tailor-made care plan. We will then invite you to return for a follow-up appointment within a few weeks to check that any suggested treatment is working, and that symptoms are improving.
We advise that you return to the Dry Eye Clinic every 6 months to monitor your progress and symptoms.
The Dry Eye Clinic is beyond the scope of a standard NHS Eye Test and is a private service run by Jonathan Hall Opticians.
You should allow an hour in the practice for your initial appointment, which includes your dry eye assessment, your tailor-made care plan, a professional clean of your eyelids & lashes, and full advice on how to use the treatments you have been recommended. A shorter review appointment is arranged a few weeks after your first assessment - this is to check that any suggested treatment is working, and that symptoms are improving.
After that,we will arrange your review at the dry eye clinic every 6 months to monitor your progress and symptoms. Regular review appointments include follow-up dry eye assessment with our optometrist, review of your care plan to ensure it is still suitable for you, and a professional clean of your eyelids & lashes.
What should I bring to the appointment?
If you wear contact lenses, bring them with you, but do not wear them on the day. If you feel your dryness is directly related to contact lens wear, we would advise that you arrange a contact lens check-up appointment before attending the dry eye clinic.
Bring your spectacles, if worn.
A full list of any medication you are taking.
A list of other products you may be using in or near your eyes, e.g. contact lens solutions or hayfever treatments
Wear any eye makeup as you would normally, and bring it with you.
Do I need a routine eye exam first?
If you have not had a routine eye examination in the last 12 months then you should arrange to have this done before attending the Dry Eye Clinic. A routine eye examination allows us to check every aspect of your eyes and eyesight, after which we can advise if a Dry Eye Clinic assessment would benefit you.
For further information, or to arrange an appointment, book online, phone us on 028 9070 5787 or call into the practice anytime.