What causes dry eyes?

SAMER HAMADA EXPLAINS WHAT CAUSES DRY EYES

Dry eye disease classically used to be a disease of a female at menopausal age.

However, things are changing now. We are living at a time where everyone is using computers and mobile devices, so now you find that dry eye disease patients are younger.

You’ve got young and active professionals, who spend a long time in front of computers. You don’t blink well then suddenly your dry eye disease starts to manifest itself…

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The group of patients with dry eyes has expanded now, so you see younger patients, and you see older patients. Part of it has to do with the technology and computers and mobile devices available and everyone using it, which can cause what’s called digital eye strain. That eventually can make your eyes dry.

It’s not a surprise now that we see younger patients with dry eyes. Patients live longer, so you see those older patients coming with the severe dry eye disease. It can affect any age nowadays.

We’re seeing an increasing number of patients coming to us with dry eye disease.

The problem is, a lot of time, dry eye symptoms are confused with other diseases of the eye surface, therfore a thorough investigation must be done to find out if it is dry eye or not.

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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