Dry Eyes

 

Fed up with red, painful, itchy eyes? Can't wear your contact lenses for long anymore?

The understanding of dry eyes have changed so much in the last year. Let us share with you more. 

 

What happens if we leave dry eyes untreated ?

Not only is it uncomfortable and unattractive but more of concern is that in the long term it can cause damage and scarring to the cornea and conjunctiva. A natural, healthy tear film is essential to fight infection and to provide nourishment vital for clear vision. That is why you must not ignore the condition. You should find out the underlying cause of your dry eyes and get it treated properly.

Dry Eye Treatment in Singapore – The EyeClinic by Dr Cheryl Lee

Environmental factors

Hot, dry and/or windy climates, High altitudes, Excessive sun exposure, Air-conditioning, Cigarette smoke, Air pollution, Air travel

Medications

Medications such as antihistamines for allergy, antidepressants, and certain types of blood pressure medications, medications for Parkinson’s disease, birth-control pills, sleeping pills, pain medications, and decongestants may attribute to dry eyes.

Treatments will depend on the cause

Dry eye treatment requires your patience and cooperation with our eye team. It can take up to 1 month to see the results as the rumbling underlying culprit has to be treated.

TearLab Osmolarity System

Tear Lab – The EyeClinic by Dr Cheryl Lee

The EyeClinic is proud to be the FIRST in Asia to utilise TearLab osmolarity system for diagnosis of dry eye!

My eyes feel dry with my contact lens, I am thinking of LASIK. Will it make it worse?

Dry eyes may occur and can worsen after LASIK because 

  1. Corneal nerves which stimulate tear secretion are cut during the creation of the corneal flap
  2. Goblet cells which produce mucin that is important for tear film stability are devitalized

What are Meibomian glands and their functions?

First, we need to understand what our Meibomian glands do for us. They are located at the rim of our upper and lower eyelids, producing lipids (known as meibum) to lubricate and prevent evaporation of our tears. 

Did you know…

Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) has been found to cause 45-65% of dry eyes symptoms. It is also the most common cause of dry eye disease (DED), but yet, usually left undiagnosed! 

The following questionnaire allows us to have a rough estimate of the severity of your dry eyes:

What are Meibomian glands and their functions?

First, we need to understand what our Meibomian glands do for us. They are located at the rim of our upper and lower eyelids, producing lipids (known as meibum) to lubricate and prevent evaporation of our tears. 

Did you know…

Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) has been found to cause 45-65% of dry eyes symptoms. It is also the most common cause of dry eye disease (DED), but yet, usually left undiagnosed!