Management of dry eye is specific to each patient. Consideration should be given to factors which can be controlled such as:
Environment – wearing sunglasses to keep eyes protected from the sun and wind whilst outside and avoiding direct contact with heating and cooling devices when inside
Occupational changes – regular breaks when using digital devices
Blinking - we recommend several blinking exercises for those with dry eyes. Close your eyes quickly, squeeze them, and feel your facial muscles moving for three to five seconds. Open your eyes slowly and relax your facial muscles. Keep your eyes open for another three to five seconds and repeat this process six to seven times.
We also recommend another blinking sequence. Close your eyes completely, pause for two seconds, and then open them. Right after close your eyes again, pause for two seconds, squeeze your eyes, and then open them and relax. You need to do this sequence every 10-12 minutes for 30 days.
These blinking exercises can help keep the right amount of moisture in your eyes surface.
There are a number of options that are available however most of these treat the symptoms rather than the underlying cause of dry eye.
At Outlook Eye Centre we are excited to be able to offer our patients a long lasting solution for their dry eye problems. The E-Eye IPL is a new non invasive treatment which uses IPL (intense pulsed light) which is set to stimulate the Meibomian glands in order for them to return their normal function.
Meibomian gland dysfunction is a blockage of the oil glands around the eyes. These oils are an important part of the tears. They form the top layer of the tears, which stops the watery component from evaporating. If the oil glands are chronically blocked, they start to shorten and lose their function.