Dry Eyes & Sjögren’s Syndome Treatment
Eye Institute doctors have significant experience in the diagnosis and treatment of Dry Eye Syndrome
Dry eyes are an irritation for many people. A lack of tears can cause your eyes to feel gritty, irritated or sore, and sometimes even to water more. But severe Dry Eye Syndrome, if left untreated, can potentially damage your eyes and even affect your sight.
Dry Eye Syndrome, also called keratoconjunctivitis sicca, or sicca syndrome, occurs when your eyes cannot produce enough normal tears, or your tears evaporate too quickly. Sjögren’s Syndrome is a related condition with symptoms including dry eyes, dry mouth and arthritis. Find out more about dry eyes and Sjögren’s Syndrome.
Thankfully, Eye Institute’s specialists have carried out significant research into dry eyes, and have a great deal of experience in treating the condition. You’ll also benefit from our investment in the latest technology for diagnosing and treating Dry Eye Syndrome.
Diagnosing Dry Eye & Sjogren’s Syndrome
At Eye Institute, we can measure the quantity and quality of your tears to help determine the cause of your dry eyes. Your eye specialist will also evaluate your general health, any medications you are using, as well as other things that may affect your condition, such as whether you wear contact lenses or use a computer regularly.
Treatment for dry eyes
There are a number of treatments for dry eyes, but their effectiveness depends heavily on an accurate diagnosis. At Eye Institute, you’ll be seen by a doctor with experience in Dry Eye Syndrome, who will carefully assess your symptoms and design a personalised treatment plan for you.
Treating dry eyes with artificial tears
Artificial tears are a good temporary solution to dry eyes. They can provide immediate relief, and are available without prescription. However, if you need to use eye drops more than three times a day, you should use preservative-free drops such as Bion Tears, Cellufresh, Polytears-Free or Refresh. Preservative-free drops are also safe to use with contact lenses.
’Natural’ eye drops for severe dry eyes
Eye Institute specialists pioneered the use of ‘autologous human serum eye drops’ in New Zealand. These special eye drops, made from a patient’s own blood serum, have been used as a sight-saving treatment in people with severe Dry Eye Syndrome.
Surgery for dry eyes
If your dry eyes cannot be relieved with eye drops, it may be necessary to reduce your tear drainage. A procedure called punctal occlusion can be used to permanently or temporarily close off your tear drainage channels, allowing you to retain your own natural tears, without the need for eye drops.
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