Dry Eye & Red Eye Assessments
At our practice, we often come across patients with ocular hyperaemia (red eye), discharge and discomfort. This is primarily managed with ocular lubricants, over-the-counter remedies and remedial eyelid hygiene. For patients who are not entitled to exemptions from NHS charges, we can prescribe ointments and eye drops via signed orders.
We find that the majority of problems leading to red eyes are not from infections, but often allergic/seasonal conjunctivitis which would not benefit from anti-biotic medication.
It may be that your case requires urgent intervention and so we ensure to see red eye patients as soon as possible upon arrival to the practice. The NHS do not currently fund these examinations in Liverpool or Southport. A private fee is therefore charged for all patients requiring emergency or dry eye assessments. As the examination is only of the external eye, a full eye examination or refraction is not normally required.
What Causes Dry Eye Syndrome?
- Ageing over 60’s are the most common group to suffer
- Hot, dry or windy climates – causes evaporation of tears
- Inflammatory diseases – e.g. Rheumatoid arthritis affecting the joints is associated with higher risk of dry eyes.
- Side effects from medications – e.g. The oral contraceptive pill
How is Dry Eye Syndrome Treated?
There is no absolute ‘cure’ for dry eye syndrome. However, 95% of people can get significant relief from symptoms using a variety of treatments and measures that will be identified in a full dry eye assessment.