Symptoms of Dry Eyes

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The symptoms of dry eyes are one of the most common complaints that GP’s and opticians get to hear about. The symptoms of dry eyes are varied but most people usually experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Dryness, redness, grittiness, blurred vision and stinging sensation
  • Light sensitivity and burning sensation Read More…

Managing Sjogren’s Syndrome

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What is Sjogren’s Syndrome?

Sjogren’s Syndrome is classified as an autoimmune disorder where the body’s immune system attacks its own cells, believing them to be invaders like bacteria and viruses. The lymphocytes, specific types of immune cells, selectively target the moisture producing glands of the body including the salivary glands and the lachrymal (tear producing) glands with the result being dry eyes and dry mouth. Affecting more women than men, and generally women past the age of 40, Sjogren’s Syndrome is often accompanied by other autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and/or lupus.

What are the symptoms of Sjogren’s Syndrome?

Aside from dry eyes and dry mouth, some of the other symptoms of Sjogren’s Syndrome include: Read More…

Tackling Dry Eyes Syndrome

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Dry Eyes Syndrome, also known as keratoconjunctivitis sicca, is the inflammation of the particular part of the eye called the conjunctiva or the tear gland. This condition affects nearly 30 percent of the adult population and the typical sufferer is female and middle aged, and it is one of the leading causes for visits to the optician.

Dry Eyes Syndrome can be very uncomfortable and typically the sufferer may experience dry, gritty or scratchy sensations in their eyes. Other symptoms include burning sensations, constant itching, redness, blurred vision and light sensitivity. These symptoms worsen in dry and windy climate especially when the humidity of the air is low. Symptoms also worsen with prolonged use of eyes such as reading, watching television and using the computer. Whilst Dry Eyes Syndrome is not a serious condition, it can really affect the quality of daily life. Read More…

Prevention, Symptoms and Treatment of Blepharitis

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What is blepharitis?

Blepharitis is a chronic long term inflammatory condition affecting the eyelids and the skin surrounding the eyes causing a lot of discomfort. There are two types of blepharitis: anterior blepharitis, which affects the outer edge of the eyelids where the eyelashes are found, and posterior blepharitis, which affects the inner edge of the eyelids where the eyelid comes into contact with the eyeball.

The symptoms of blepharitis vary with the severity of the condition and include: Read More…