Here, Optometrist Fiona talks about dry eyes, Blepharitis and a new Dry Eye Clinic now available at the practice.
Do you have dry eyes? Do they feel gritty, watery or sore? Or maybe your eyes are irritated, red or you get a build-up of debris on your eye lashes or in the corner of your eyes? If that’s the case, you may have a condition called Blepharitis.
What is Blepharitis?
In simple terms, Blepharitis is when your eyelids become inflamed. Oils and other products that are secreted by the eyes and the eyelids can build up on the lid and the eyelashes, causing irritation and redness.
Symptoms of Blepharitis include eye irritation, burning, watering, foreign body sensations, dry debris, dryness and redness.
You may be more susceptible to dry eyes if you have another dermatological condition, like Psoriasis or Eczema. It’s more likely to occur in the winter months, when you’re going from the cold air outside into warm rooms with the central heating on. It can be more common in older people, too.
Unfortunately, there is no cure, but the condition can be treated and managed successfully.
How Can You Stop the Effects of Blepharitis?
Blepharitis can be managed with a good eyelid hygiene routine.
Because symptoms can recur, it’s a really good idea to get into a good routine and stick to it, like you would with brushing your teeth, combing your hair or cleaning your glasses!
Where Can I Get Help With my Blepharitis?
Lots of GP appointments are used by patients looking for advice for their dry eyes. As with many eye conditions, a visit to the optometrists is more useful. Because we specialise in eyecare, we’ve got lots of training to spot conditions like Blepharitis and we’ve invested in new treatments to help people along.
We have recently started a brand new Dry Eye Clinic which is like a deep-clean for your eyelids and we offer products that you can take home to keep up a good lid hygiene routine.
What Happens at The Dry Eye Clinic?
The Dry Eye Clinic at Richard Petrie Optometrists is a treatment for your eyelids. Think of it like a routine scale and polish at the dentist or a wash and blow-dry at the salon!
The treatment is called BlephEx. It gives your lids a really deep clean to get rid of any build-up of debris and then you can take some products home so that you can keep up a good lid hygiene routine.
Depending on the severity of your dry eyes, you can choose to repeat the procedure every 4-6 months or as frequently as required.
Here’s what happens during a treatment for dry eyes:
- Arrive at the practice and get a nice cup of tea.
- You will be taken to the treatment room and given a special pair of goggles to wear. The goggles emit a gentle, warm heat onto your eyes for 10 minutes. This helps to loosen any debris from your lashes.
- Your lids are wiped using a lid wipe.
- Your eyelids are cleaned using a gentle scrub, to get rid of any debris that’s still hanging on.
- A final wipe and the debris is gone!
- You can choose from drops and an eye mask or lid wipes that best suit your ongoing routine.
How Much Does the Treatment Cost?
A Dry Eye Clinic appointment at Richard Petrie costs £50.
If you would like to buy products to take home, to help you lid hygiene routine, the cost is £65, for your treatment and 2 products.
For more information on Blepharitis, treatments for dry eyes, or to book an appointment for our Dry Eye Clinic, give us a call on 01332 291010, or fill in our enquiry form online.