Dry Eye Disease2020-02-18T13:56:55+00:00

Dry eye disease

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What is dry eye?

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Everything you need to know about dry eye

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Dry eye disease is a chronic condition that results from insufficient production of tears or excessive evaporation of the tear film that covers the eye surface, including the cornea.

Dry eye is very common and affects millions of people worldwide and is one of the most common reasons why patients visit the eye clinic. Dry eye is usually associated with dryness, scratchiness, or burning of the eyes.

Some people experience a foreign body sensation or feeling that something is in the eye.

The condition can also produce watery eyes because dryness can stimulate access tearing.

In its early stages, dry eye causes mild discomfort, but it may become very uncomfortable as the condition progresses.

  • A foreign body sensation in the eye
  • Watery eyes
  • Mild discomfort that may become more uncomfortable as the condition progressing
  • Blurriness
  • Redness
  • Difficulty wearing contact lenses
  • Tired eyes with computer screen use
  • Difficulty in opening the eyelids in the mornings
  • Mucous stickiness

Dry eye can arise from various external influences such as your environment or from changes in the body nervous, hormonal, and immune systems.

Over time, inflammatory changes can interfere with the production of normal tears. When this occurs, the eye produces fewer, less effective tears. This results in a tear film that evaporates more quickly and thus provides less moisture and protection for the eye surface.

When tear film protection diminishes, the eyes may experience painful symptoms and damage to the eye surface may occur.

Risk factors include:

  • Age – Dry eye is more common among people over age 40 and especially among women around the age of menopause
  • Health
  • Environment
  • Lifestyle
  • People with systemic inflammatory conditions that require medications that can worsen dry eye
  • People who take treatment for systemic inflammatory conditions, depression, high blood pressure, allergies, hormone replacement therapy and diuretics
  • People suffering from blepharitis and meibomian who are prone to blocked oil glands in the eye

Environmental factors

While they are not the root cause of the condition, environmental factors including air pollution, dry weather, and persistent wind can worsen the symptoms of dry eye. Heating and air conditioning can create similar environmental conditions indoors.

Everyday activities such as driving, reading, focusing on a computer screen or watching television can also worsen dry eyes symptoms.

To determine whether you have dry eyes, I will take a thorough history, assess your vision and examine your eyes.

I will need to know:

  • Your symptoms and onset
  • General health 
  • previous eye infections or conditions
  • If you wear contact lenses
  • If you have had laser eye surgery
  • Your lifestyle and occupation
  • Medications you take
  • Allergies

I will then perform a thorough eye examination to assess:

  • Your eyes gland function
  • Tear evaporation and flow rate
  • The skin around the eyes
  • The eyelid position
  • Blink rate
  • The eyelid margins 
  • Under the surface of the eyelids
  • The cornea  

To treat your dry eyes, I can recommend many traditional dry eye treatments.

Hot compresses and lid massage can help to unblock oil glands and help maintain your lid hygiene, thus reduce your risk of getting an eye infection.

I may also prescribe artificial tears for use throughout the day and lubricants for night use.

You may need antibiotic drops in the eyes to treat eye infection.

If traditional methods are insufficient in alleviating your dry eye symptoms; I can provide systemic treatment or minor intervention.

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Happy patients from London and East Grinstead

WHAT MY PATIENTS LOVE ABOUT OUR SERVICE

Annabel Giles

“As soon as I met Mr Hamada, I knew I was in safe hands. He is an expert in his field, and very reassuring. His work was impeccable, and I would thoroughly recommend him to anyone wanting a professional, kindly, expert service.”

Tareq Kasshout

“I came all the way from the US to be evaluated by Mr. Samer Hamada who provided me with a world class experience. I was treated with technology that doesn’t exist in the United States. My vision improved significantly since the surgery. Mr. Samer Hamada is definitely a Keratoconus expert.”

Timothy Thompson

“Mr Hamada’s Eye Clinic London and his team are a delight. Nothing was too much trouble and the help, support, advice and guidance before during and after the surgery was all world class. I have worn glasses since the age of 13 years and had the onset of cataracts for the last five so it has all been very much a life changing experience to be free from glasses once more.”

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What my patients love about my service

MY PATIENTS ARE MY BEST PROMOTERS

“As soon as I met Mr Hamada, I knew I was in safe hands. He is an expert in his field, and very reassuring. His work was impeccable, and I would thoroughly recommend him to anyone wanting a professional, kindly, expert service.”

Annabel Giles, Lens replacement

“I came all the way from the US to be evaluated by Mr. Samer Hamada who provided me with a world-class experience. I was treated with technology that doesn’t exist in the United States. My vision improved significantly since the surgery. Mr. Samer Hamada is definitely a Keratoconus expert.”

Tareq Kass Hout, Keratoconus
“I am glad to be with Mr Hamada. I am glad to be examined by Mr Hamada who acts responsibly and professionally. I never had this experience before from a previous ophthalmologist. I am thankful to Mr Hamada for the successful diagnosis and treatment of my case.”
Ghiath Sumainah

“What a Consultant. Dr. Hamada is a man who was born for this profession. As soon as we walked into the room you felt that you had met a man who was gentle and kind. His demeanour was of a man who knew his trade. He speaks in a way that you will understand. He explains exactly what is wrong and the way he will help fix it for you.”

Sam Brock

“My eyes got really sore, tired and gritty feeling this year. It kept getting worse for about 6 months and every time I thought about it, I kept thinking it would eventually go away, but it just didn’t budge. So I want to say a big thank you to eye doctor Mr Samer Hamada who finally sorted me out! Apart from the eye tests I expected, he also took a really personal approach. I appreciate that he asked questions about my whole diet and lifestyle which helped him to quickly figure out why my eye surface was inflamed. I now have simple steps I can take to reduce the inflammation through diet and lifestyle changes which I’ve now been doing for 2 weeks. I also have been using the special non-preservative eye drops and gels that Mr Hamada provided. My eyes are already feeling so much better and I’m so relieved to have had help to sort this out. If you’ve been noticing your eyes getting dry – don’t wait to sort it out as it keeps getting continually worse and you can find relief very quickly with the right help.”

Laura Livesey, Dry eye

“Mr Hamada’s London Eye Care and his team are a delight. Nothing was too much trouble and the help, support, advice and guidance before during and after the surgery was all world class. I have worn glasses since the age of 13 years and had the onset of cataracts for the last five so it has all been very much a life changing experience to be free from glasses once more.”

Timothy Thompson

“We saw Mr Hamada after our 14-year-old son was diagnosed with keratoconus by another specialist. Mr Hamada talked us through the pros and cons of the cxl epi off and epi on procedures, he answered all our many and detailed questions without rushing us and as openly and honestly as possible. We opted to go ahead with cxl epi off with Mr Hamada. Our experience with Mr Hamada and his team, from his incredibly informative and supportive Secretary Joanna, nurse Mimi and Mr Hamada himself who was incredibly reassuring and put us and our son at ease both before, during and after the procedure, and at each follow-on appointment, has been the best possible. I would go so far as to say that he and his team are by far the best medical team I have ever experienced. I recommend him highly and would be happy to speak to anyone considering an expert in this field.”

Lisa & George, Keratoconus

“I would not hesitate to recommend Dr Hamada and his team. From the first call to inquire about booking an appointment to booking it, I was so impressed with his wonderful secretary Joanna- she really is worth her weight in gold, her lovely manner and care made me decide to go for this clinic. Dr Hamada was a lovely man with a very kind and thorougher way about him – he put my 4-year-old daughter at ease. The appointment was lengthy but at no point were we rushed and able to ask as many questions- things were explained so well. I would have no hesitation at all to recommend anyone to use Dr Hamada and his team- I have already recommended to some other parents.”

Amy

“Mr Hamada, his assistant Joanna and his ophthalmic technicians provide a caring, efficient and high quality service. From the admin through to the surgical aftercare we were very well looked after and we had a high degree of confidence in Mr Hamada’s abilities. Our daughter’s cataracts have been corrected (under general anaesthetic) and her quality of life has improved substantially. You also feel well cared for throughout – the human touch is vital in healthcare, but not always delivered, so well done and thanks to all of the team.”

Nat & Rich
“We were referred to Dr.Hamada by one of the UK experts. The expert himself admitted that Dr.Hamada was better than him!! We were not disappointed at all. Dr. Hamada was excellent with my child. His communication skills and knowledge were exemplary. He gave us clear management plan and would not hesitate to recommend him.”
V Nama
“Dr Hamada is an excellent, highly competent doctor with a very kind and sympathetic manner. His reputation for successfully treating dry eye patients seems unparalleled. His team are all extremely friendly and helpful, especially Dr Hamada’s PA Joanna, making the overall experience better than anywhere else I’ve been!”
Isla Cully, Dry eye
“Appointment setting and follow-up were very efficient and well managed. Mr Hamada was kind, reassuring, knowledgeable and had a very warm manner with my young son, making him instantly feel at ease. I feel that we can trust him and that he will finally be able to solve my son’s long-term eye problems that have stumped other eye doctors.”
Kathryn
“A real care provider – true in letter and spirit. After having seen few other consultants we were lucky to see Mr. Hamada. He treated my mother’s eyes and the prolonged inflammation finally went away. My mother went on to receive a corneal graft. Mr. Hamada and his clinic are simply wonderful. Their response is immediate every time even if it’s the weekend. Mr. Hamada puts a lot of personal attention answering every question very patiently and alleviating any fears. His manner is so kind that puts his patients completely at ease. This caring trait continues in the rest of his staff especially his assistant Joanna. I really can’t thank them enough. I thoroughly recommend anyone with eye problems to go to Mr. Hamada. You couldn’t be in better hands. He has treated my mother who is a long sufferer of eye problems. I am grateful always to Mr. Hamada and Joanna for all the support they have provided throughout.”
Charmaine Ghafur

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Helpful links to more dry eye information

COMPREHENSIVE INFORMATION FROM TRUSTED AUTHORITIES

An official NHS guide to dry eyes that includes symptoms, treatments, as well as preventative measures. Click here to read more.

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists has provided a comprehensive guide on every aspect of dry eye. Click here to read more. 

The National Eye Institute provides an overview of dry eye symptoms, treatments as well as other subjects surrounding the condition. Click here to read more. 

A Harvard blog post that provides recommendations from doctors, about which treatments work best with certain dry eye symptoms. Click here to read more. 

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About the expert

Mr Samer Hamada | Consultant Ophthalmologist and Corneal Surgeon

MD, MSc, DO (hons), FRCSEd, FRCOphth

I am Samer Hamada, founder and consultant ophthalmic surgeon with over 20 years’ experience in ophthalmology. I am a world-renowned specialist in cornea, cataract and refractive surgery. I’m not only a leading surgeon but also the only dual fellowship trained in corneal diseases in children from reputable institutions in the UK.

At Eye Clinic London I work closely with other consultant ophthalmologists, optometrists and orthoptists to achieve the best outcomes for our patients. Our main aim is to make sure our patients get the safest and best treatments available to them. We put your safety before anything else so you can rest assured that if you choose us you will be in the best and safest hands.

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