You do not need to be an eyecare specialist to have heard of ailments such as glaucoma and cataracts that affect our eyes. However mention conditions such as blepharitis or meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD ) and many of us would be left shrugging our shoulders. This is spite of the fact the two are leading causes of dry eye syndrome.
Dry eye is a common condition caused when your eyes do not make enough tears or the tears produced are of a poor quality. Symptoms include dryness, itchiness, and blurred vision. Optometrist at Specsavers Galway - Eyre Square Centre, La-Reina McGloin BSc (Hons ) FAOI, says the syndrome commonly affects those over 65 with environment being a leading cause. She says; "The risk of dry eye syndrome increases significantly for those over the age of 65 and it is more common in women than men. However, anyone at any age can suffer from dry eye.
"There are a number of issues that may cause the condition from side effects of medication to being a result of an underlaying condition such as Sjögrens Syndrome. However being in a hot, air conditioned, or windy environment is most definitely one of the leading causes. But there may be no symptoms so that is why it is always important to come in store for a check-up at Specsavers."
So what to expect?
If you suspect you may be suffering from dry eye, the team at Specsavers will conduct a thorough eye examination. This will include a pre-test with one of Specsavers' optical assistants before a thorough eye examination with one of the store's optometrists is conducted. La-Reina stresses that an examination overseen by an optometrist is highly advisable as there are a number of treatments available for dry eye.
She says; "One of the key processes of diagnosing dry eye is comparing a person's eye health history with the examination carried out during the check-up, so that is why we here at Specsavers urge everyone to go for an eye check-up at least once every two years.
"You can buy eyedrops over the counter in a pharmacy, however, we strongly advise patients to book an appointment with us because there are numerous solutions which are tailored for particular problems associated with dry eye. There are eyedrops for mild dryness, for severe dryness, for lipid replenishment as well as lid wipes, and moist heat masks so an eye check-up with one of the optometrists at Specsavers can pinpoint what remedy a patient needs."
So book a free appointment (terms and conditions apply ) with Specsavers today and don't let dry eyes spoil the summer.
For more information or to book an appointment, visit www.specsavers.ie, or call 091 568 814.