How are dry eyes diagnosed?


The process of diagnosing dry eye disease is very delicate, and it’s not just merely a quick look at the eye to say it’s dry or not. We follow a very systematic approach to patients with dry eye.

We start by asking questions to narrow it down–is this a kind of dry eye, or is it another disease? Then we proceed with some comprehensive diagnostics.

This is to find out if you have dry eye or not, and what sort of dry eyes, because you could have, for example, evaporation of your tear film that gives you dryness, or it could have not enough water produce inside the eye.

So this is a kind of comprehensive work out to find out exactly what’s going with your eye.

This helps us to diagnose the dry eye disease but also helps us to monitor your response to treatment throughout the course of following you up in the clinic.
Then there is a thorough examination on the machine called the slit lamp, where we assess the surface of the eye, what other things contributing dry eyes, and at the end, help to put the right diagnosis and guide you through the best treatment options.

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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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