Dry Eye & Blepharitis
Our dry eye and blepharitis advice helps you to see the world clearly without irritation
Whilst they have similarities and can sometimes be linked, dry eye syndrome and blepharitis are two separate eye conditions. They are both common and easily treatable, but can cause irritation and suffering to those experiencing them. It’s also important to see an optometrist should you experience either of these conditions, as leaving them can lead to more serious complications.
Dry eye syndrome has several symptoms, including dryness, itchiness, redness and swelling, or even overly watery eyes despite what the name might suggest!
‘Dry eye’ can be caused by a number of different factors, such as wearing contact lenses or being in a warm or dry environment. Air conditioning can contribute significantly to these symptoms. Another common cause is blepharitis, which is where the edge of your eyelids become red and swollen. This in turn can make your eyelids sticky and your eyelashes crusty or greasy. Blepharitis accounts for approximately one in twenty of all eye problems reported to GPs.
Treatment of both of these conditions is usually straightforward, and whilst neither is usually cured they can in most cases be fully managed. If you experience any of the symptoms described here and you believed you are suffering from dry eye or blepharitis, make an appointment to see us as soon as you can. We will do all we can to have you seeing clearly and without irritation as quickly as we can.