Dry Eye treatment2023-06-05T10:34:51+01:00

Say goodbye to dry eye discomfort in Kent and Surrey

Relieve irritated and sore eyes with our advanced dry eye treatments

Say goodbye to dry eye discomfort in Kent and Surrey

Relieve irritated and sore eyes with our advanced dry eye treatments

Discover lasting relief and improved vision with our dry eye treatment

Enhance your quality of life by alleviating dry eye symptoms
  • Dry eye is a common problem, but it can lead to severe complications if left untreated
  • The type of treatment we recommend will depend on the underlying cause. At your first appointment, we will perform a thorough dry eye assessment to find a treatment that we think would be the most appropriate to help you with your symptoms
  • This examination may include:
    • The use of diagnostic dyes
    • Meibomian gland imaging and assessment
    • Tear osmolarity
    • A general assessment of the health of the surface of your eye.
  • Some treatments focus on reversing or managing a condition or factor that’s causing your dry eyes. Other treatments can improve your tear quality or stop your tears from quickly draining away from your eyes
  • Treatments include:
    • Drops and medications
    • Artificial tears – The most common treatment is artificial teardrops that help make up for the lack of natural lubricating tears. Artificial tear products come in liquid form, longer-lasting gel form and long-lasting ointment form, which are commonly recommended for nighttime use. Many different brands of artificial tears are available over-the-counter. Some contain preservatives, and some do not
    • Eye inserts – If you have moderate to severe dry eye symptoms and artificial tears don’t help, another option may be a tiny eye insert that looks like a clear grain of rice. Once a day, you place the insert between your lower eyelid and your eyeball. The insert dissolves slowly, releasing a substance that’s used in eye drops to lubricate your eye
    • Eye drops – Anti-inflammatory eye drop medications commonly used to treat dry eyes decrease inflammation in the glands and allow more natural tear formation. You can use these medications alone or in conjunction with over the counter artificial tears
    • ​​Eye drops made from your own blood – These are called autologous blood serum drops. They may be an option if you have severe dry eye symptoms that don’t respond to any other treatment. To make these eye drops, a sample of your blood is processed to remove the red blood cells and then mixed with a salt solution
    • Tear-stimulating drugs – Drugs called cholinergics (pilocarpine, cevimeline) help increase tear production. These drugs are available as pills, gel or eye drops.
  • Therapies
    • Lid cleaning – When infection, inflammation of the eyelids, or clogged oil glands contribute to dry eye, we may recommend a special lid cleaning technique (eyelid scrubs) or antibiotics
    • Lipiflow – Dry eye disease is often due to a blockage of one or more meibomian glands. Simultaneous heat and gentle pressure are applied to the eyelids with the Lipiflow machine; this helps to unblock the glands and encourages better quality secretion
    • BlephEx – An eyelid condition known as blepharitis can often contribute to dry eye. The BlephEx device cleans and exfoliates irritants from the eyelids and eyelashes to reduce inflammation and improve the overall health and hygiene of the eyelid
    • IPL and LLLT – Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and Low-Level Light Therapy (LLLT) can effectively treat meibomian gland dysfunction and related evaporative dry eye. Brief bursts of light are applied to the delicate eye area by a trained professional. These specific wavelengths of energy reduce the number of abnormal blood vessels involved in inflammation of the eye, brightening the whites of the eyes and leaving them feeling fresher.
  • Contact lenses
    • Special contact lenses – Some people with severe dry eyes may opt for special contact lenses that protect the surface of the eyes and trap moisture. These are called scleral lenses or bandage lenses.
  • Surgery
    • Punctal occlusion – This is another common way in which we can treat dry eyes. We can perform this treatment in the clinic by placing temporary collagen or long-lasting silicone plug into one of the tear duct drains. The tear duct drains tears away from the eye and into the nose. This is comparable to putting a stopper in a sink, allowing the natural tears on the eye to nourish the eye longer.
  • Advantages
    • All our treatments aim to improve your ocular surface, and tear film and improve the consequences of dry eye.
  • Disadvantages
    • There is no cure for dry eyes. All dry eye treatments require regular ongoing care and attention.
  • Almost every medical treatment has the potential for some side effects. But as far as dry eye treatment goes, the side effects are negligible.
  • Drops and medications
    • With drops and medications, the main risks include allergy and intolerance to preservatives and ingredients.
  • Therapies
    • Possible side effects include redness, slight burning or stinging, blurred vision, light sensitivity and dryness. These side effects are very rare and not permanent.
  • Contact lenses
    • With contact lenses, the main risks are overwear, which can lead to your eyes not getting the rest they need and eye infections caused by a poor eye care regime.
  • Surgery
    • As with any surgical procedure, there are risks which we will discuss with you at your appointment. Most are minimally invasive and cause few side effects.
  • We do a thorough dry eye assessment looking at the tear film components, and meibomian glands and suggest treatments based on this assessment
  • These treatment modalities help the majority of people with their dry eye symptoms. We recommend the treatment that we think would be the most appropriate to help you with your symptoms.
  • We will explain the steps of each intervention to you in detail at your first appointment.
  • After dry eye treatment, your symptoms should be greatly improved, resulting in more comfort and improved quality of life.

Say goodbye to your vision problems and start seeing life in a whole new way

Take your first step today in exploring all that you can do for healthy, vibrant eyes.

Say goodbye to your vision problems and start seeing life in a whole new way

Take your first step today in exploring all that you can do for healthy, vibrant eyes.

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Not everyone is suitable for reading glasses treatment. The first step is to get a clear answer on whether there is a treatment option that can help you or not. Give our friendly team a call on 07943 872888 or book a free assessment online now.

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At your consultation, we’ll answer your questions and give you a clear and honest recommendation based on your lifestyle. You’ll leave with a confident understanding of the best reading treatment option for your unique eyes.

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After treatment, people across the country tell us how surprised they are by how quickly their life changed and how young they feel. Reading a restaurant menu, scanning their phone or seeing the dials on the car dashboard are all possible once more. Most people say that they wish they had done it years earlier!

What our patients say…

We’ve helped thousands of happy patients in Surrey and Kent gain freedom with eye surgery

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“I would like to thank you all for looking after me so well. This was the first time I had ever had any treatment to my eye and whilst somewhat tense about the procedure I can honestly say that it went like clockwork.”

Mr J.OP

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“Thank you and your team very much indeed for looking after me during my initial visit and the day of cataract surgery.
I didn’t know what to expect, you put me at ease and everyone was very professional-excellent job!”

J, Tunbridge Wells

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Say goodbye to your vision problems and start seeing life in a whole new way

Take your first step today in exploring all that you can do for healthy, vibrant eyes.

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I have dry and irritable eyes

Are your eyes experiencing burning, stinging or itchy sensations? Are you finding contact lenses difficult to wear and light too intense for comfort? If so, dry eye disease might be the cause. You don’t have to live with this irritating condition – book a free assessment and discuss treatment options designed specifically for soothing and restoring healthy looking eyes.

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If you’re someone who needs to change their glasses prescription often, or are feeling irritated by light and haloed vision, then it’s possible that keratoconus is the underlying cause. Don’t let this condition keep limiting your daily life – start seeking reliable treatment early on! Regain control of your life with greater freedom and confidence than ever before, book a free assessment.

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Academic resources on dry eye treatment

Learn more about dry eye treatment from authoritative sources. These links will take you off our website.

This seminal article covers all you need to know about dry eye, from its symptoms and causes of dry eye to the risk factors and possible treatments for dry eye. Click here to read more.

The primary therapy for dry eye is topical artificial tears, while punctal occlusion is a common nonpharmacological treatment. New strategies include anti-inflammatory agents to address inflammation and cell damage. Click here to learn more.

Hello, I’m Lucia Pelosini MD, your eye surgeon in Surrey & Kent

My vision is to provide my patients with warm and personalised guidance through their cataract surgery journey from start to finish. I run a highly individualized service to treat discerning patients with presbyopia (aging eyes) and cataracts who want the best treatment and technology available.

Ms. Lucia Pelosini

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon,
MD, MRCSEd, FRCOphth, CertLRS

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