Technology and the eyes
Postmenopausal women used to be at highest risk of dry eye disease due to changes in hormones that affect tear production. However, the condition is now more prolific with the rise of technology and increased use of digital devices in our lives. Spending hours a day staring at a screen causes our blink rate to slow and so our eyes are not naturally cleansed as often as they should be. This cleansing is essential for replenishing the tears and oils needed for healthy vision. Without them, our eyes become as dry as the Sahara desert.
Fortunately, at Eye Clinic London, we can provide the best treatments, strategies and support so that dry eye sufferers can regain total control of their eyes.
In this post, we share everything you need to know about treating dry eye disease so that you can take the next step towards comfortable and soothed eyes, free from distraction and irritation.
Some treatments focus on reversing or managing a condition or factor that’s causing your dry eyes. Other treatments can improve your tear quality or stop your tears from draining away from your eyes too quickly.
First things first, we need to determine what is causing your symptoms. To do this, we take a detailed history of your symptoms, general health, previous eye infections, conditions, your lifestyle, occupation, medications, allergies, whether you wear contact lenses or have had laser eye surgery.
Next, we assess your vision and examine your eyes. We will determine your eyes gland function, tear evaporation and flow rate, the skin around your eyes, your eyelid position, blink rate, the eyelid margins, under the surface of the eyelids and the cornea. Only once we have a comprehensive overview of your overall eye health and lifestyle can we begin treatment.