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What is Dry Eye and can this be treated?

Updated: Sep 9, 2022

Dry eye is a prevalent issue that is frequently misdiagnosed. It is an illness that is treatable and shouldn't have a detrimental impact on your daily life.

You might have dry eyes if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • A stinging, burning or scratchy sensation in your eyes.

  • Stringy mucus in or around your eyes.

  • Sensitivity to light.

  • Eye redness.

  • A sensation of having something in your eyes.

  • Difficulty wearing contact lenses.

  • Difficulty with nighttime driving.

  • Watery eyes, which is the body's response to the irritation of dry eyes.

The latest and globally acknowledged definition of dry eye is from TFOS DEWS II:

“Dry eye is a multifactorial disease of the ocular surface characterized by a loss of homeostasis of the tear film, and accompanied by ocular symptoms, in which tear film instability and hyperosmolarity, ocular surface inflammation and damage, and neurosensory abnormalities play etiological roles.”

Research over the past three decades has improved our comprehension of dry eyes and its definition. Looking at the explanation above, it is clear that dry eyes have a variety of causes, which is important for choosing the right treatment.

Meibomian Gland Dysfunction or MGD is a leading cause of Dry Eye. Whether you have symptoms or not, it is important that you get screened for Dry Eye and MGD. And don’t worry—if you are diagnosed with MGD, there’s something you can do about it. If left untreated, dry eye symptoms may progress. Damage in the form of blocked Meibomian glands and gland loss can also occur. These glands are vital to long-term health of the ocular surface. Maintaining healthy function and structure of your Meibomian glands when you have dry eye is key, as MGD is a chronic, progressive, and obstructive condition.

Early detection and treatment can minimize the long-term negative impact of MGD so book your dry eye screening at and learn more about possible treatments listed below.

  1. Ocular lubricants in form of various eye drops

  2. Punctal occlusion with plugs

  3. Eyelid hygiene reducing inflammation around the eye

  4. Platelet-rich plasma eye drops

  5. Scleral contact lenses

  6. Tixel laser treatment for Dry Eye

TIXEL is a fractional skin rejuvenation system that is proven to significantly improve dry eye signs and symptoms. This is a novel approach used in dry eye treatment. It uses Thermo Mechanical Ablation (TMA), a non-laser treatment technology, to transfer thermal energy to the skin around the eyes quickly and safely to correct dry eyes by increasing lubrication and reducing tear evaporation. Good results are generally achieved after 3 treatments with 2 week intervals, as the effect is accumulative.

  • Quick - less than 1 minute per eye.

  • Safe - no emitted radiation (low energy levels, eye shields are not required.

  • Low pain.

  • Bonus: improvement of fine lines around the eyes.

This treatment is available on our premises at our own Aesthetic Centre Olympia.

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