Dry eyes & blepharitis

Dry eyes is a very common condition and is caused by a tear film that is deficient in either quality or quantity. It is a frequent cause of irritable, uncomfortable eyes, and the problem is often misdiagnosed as conjunctivitis.

The treatment for dry eyes is topical lubricants, which supplement your existing tears. There are many different makes and most people will need to try a few until they find the product that suits them best. The insertion of punctal plugs to close the tear ducts can be helpful in conditions where there is almost no tear production, but I rarely recommend this treatment.

Blepharitis is a condition which simply means inflamed eyelids and can be a further cause of uncomfortable eyes. It can make dry eyes worse and is specifically helped by a regime of lid hygiene. Sometimes a course of antibiotics can also be helpful.