Other Treatments for Dry or Watery Eyes
Tear Duct Syringing
Do your eyes water on a windy day or when walking in cold weather? This can be quite embarrassing, but can often be easily treated.
Your tear ducts are situated at the end of your upper and lower eyelids, near your nose. They can become blocked or narrow over time. We can assess how well they are working and can help reopen them using a simple syringe and saline. The procedure is quick and gentle and the effects immediate.
Book an appointment in our Dry Eyes/ BrightEyes clinic for an assessment. We often carry out the syringing procedure at this same appointment.
Are your eyes dry, red, sore or itchy? This might be because you don't have enough of the watery part of your tears in your tear film. This may be because your lacrimal glands are not producing enough tears, or because your tear film is simply not working well. This procedure is quick and simple. To maximise the tears you naturally produce, a punctal plug is used to block the tear duct on your lower eye lid, to prevent most of the tears draining away. This can alleviate the need for eye drops. There are two main types of punctal plugs. Intracanalicular plugs sit within the tear duct - see the far right hand picture; or plugs that sit just at the top, pictured on the left.
Book an appointment in our Dry Eye / BrightEyes clinic to discover which treatment will be the most effective for your eyes.
Meibomian Gland Expression
Posterior blepharitis or meibomian gland dysfuntion (MGD) can cause a wide variety of problems such as poor vision, a feeling of dry eye, or even watery eye! Meibomian gland expression really kick starts your meibomian glands to start fully functioning again. It clears out the glands and helps the meibomian fluid to be released, stabilising the tear film. For the best results, this treatment should take place after two weeks of twice a day hot compresses and lid massage, and immediately after a hot compress on the day.
Blephex and Demodex Treatment
Anterior blepharitis causes crusting at the base of the eye lashes. This is hard to completely remove at home using lid wipes, without a regular deep clean by your optometrist. We can deep clean the flakes and crusting from your eye lids manually (recommended during COVID) or using a Blephex machine. We can also manually remove Demodex to hep alleviate itching and progressive buildup of material.
Sometimes a little help is needed with a prescription of topical or systemic medication. Three of our optometrists are specialist Therapeutic Optometrists and able to prescribe to help alleviate your symptoms.
Book an appointment for a Dry Eye / BrightEyes appointment to find out more.