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Nourishing Your Eyes: Understanding the Causes and Treatments for Dry Eyes

causes and treatment for dry eyes

In the fast-paced rhythm of our daily lives, we often neglect the wellbeing of our eyes. Dry eyes, a prevalent yet underestimated condition, can significantly impact our overall eye health.

At Black Gates Optometrists, we recognise the importance of addressing dry eyes comprehensively. In this blog, we’ll explore the causes of dry eyes and delve into the various treatments offered at our practices, including the innovative IPL treatment and Manuka honey therapy. We’ll also highlight a real-life case study of Jacqui, who overcame chronic dry eyes with precision care at Black Gates Optometrists.

Understanding the Causes of Dry Eyes

Dry eyes can result from insufficient tear production or poor tear quality, influenced by various factors. Identifying these causes is vital for effective treatment.

Common contributors include environmental factors, medical conditions, and age-related changes. Our commitment at Black Gates Optometrists is to pinpoint the root cause and provide personalised care tailored to each patient’s needs.

Exploring Effective Treatments

Our approach to dry eye treatment is comprehensive, combining conventional and advanced methods to address the diverse needs of our patients.

Dry eye treatment can be divided into three categories; all three are usually involved in some personalised way. The goal is to increase the tear film quality and stability in the most permanent way possible. Some examples of treatment are listed below.

1.  Lifestyle and environment management

  • Investigation of medical history
  • Anatomical causes – eyelids and blinking
  • Environmental causes – air conditioning, screens and devices
  • Diet

2.  Home interventions

  • Warm compresses
  • Lubricants and ointments
  • Lid and skin hygiene
  • Environment management – potted plants, air conditioners, etc.

3.  Therapeutic interventions

  • Omega 3 supplements
  • Drugs/medicines (oral medication or eyedrops such as manuka honey)
  • Intense pulsed light therapy (IPL therapy)
  • Lipiflow treatment (not available at Black Gates)
  • Surgical management (not available at Black Gates)

At Black Gates Optometrists, we have been treating dry eye for many years and have invested in the best diagnostic equipment to assist us with which treatment options will work best.

A combination of treatments is usually required and everyone’s case is unique. In some cases, you could even be displaying the symptoms of dry eye but find another issue is causing the discomfort.

If you are suffering from the symptoms of dry eye or have eye discomfort of any kind, book a consultation with one of our optometrists in Wellington or Johnsonville to receive treatment tailored to your specific needs.

For an understanding of how we treat dry eye, take a look at a recent case study. Jacqui, in her 50s, struggled with chronic dry eyes for many years. Despite trying various medications, her condition worsened to the point of extreme discomfort. In October 2023, Jacqui sought help from Black Gates Optometrists. Our advanced technology and thorough examination led to an effective treatment plan within just two visits. Read the rest of the dry eye case study here.

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Ian Hendra
Ian Hendra
Had a wonderful experience at Black Gates Optometrists. They made the process feel easy and fun. My Optometrist walked me through each of the tests and explained her findings as I went and then handed me over to a frames technician who helped me pick a perfect (cost effective) pair of frames and lenses. Would highly recommend.
Megan Diment
Megan Diment
Brilliant support for dry eyes! I've suffered from dry eyes for many years now and its got to the point that I need to use drops nightly just to sleep through! I'm adding more and more to my eyes without really knowing if its the right product. When I found out that Blackgates offer specialist care in this area, I booked in for a consult. Amy tested my eyes and then handed me onto Greg who showed me photos and a graph of what was and wasn't working so well in my eyes. We replaced the Lutein- vision advanced vitamins with a supplement that support the production of tear film ( which is my actual issue) and Greg recommended two further eye care products, specific to my issue. I am trying these over the next two weeks, then I'll then go back and test again to see if there is an improvement. I'd highly recommend consulting with Blackgates before you spend any more money on dry eye support to ensure your doing the right thing for your eyes.
Jacqui Neilson
Jacqui Neilson
Receptionists are welcoming and Greg is a knowledgeable, thorough and caring optometrist who is evidently passionate about eyes. Thank you.
Toby Kepes
Toby Kepes
I was really impressed with the service and help Sita Thakersi gave me on my recent eye test visit. She really knew her stuff and provided some complimentary contact lenses to try, which have really helped improve my vision. I'm happy to recommend Sita to anyone.
Steve Roughan
Steve Roughan
Great for kids. Assessment goes way beyond what Specsavers does.
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Amanda Waijers
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