Eye Health

Dry Eye Treatment

Who gets dry eyes?
Many people suffer from the symptoms of dry eye, including gritty and tired eyes, but it becomes more common with age.

What are the causes of dry eyes?
Dry eyes can occur when there is a reduction in the normal amount of tears. Causes can include ageing, medication, illness and damage to the eye. The function of tears is to keep the front of the eye moist. Healthy tears form a smooth, uninterrupted film over the eye which is replenished with every blink.

What is the treatment?
The commonest treatment for dry eyes is to use artificial tears. These are drops which can be placed in the eye whenever symptoms occur. They can be very helpful for people whose dry eye symptoms only occur occasionally or at certain times. If your dry eye is more prolonged there are alternatives to drops please ask your Optometrist for advice.