When eye drops aren’t enough – looking for relief from dry, gritty eyes?

Looking for dry, gritty eye relief, without more eye drops?

Do you experience…

  • stinging or burning eyes?
  • a sandy or gritty feeling as if something is in the eye?
  • episodes of excess tears?
  • pain and redness of the eye?
  • episodes of blurred vision?
  • heavy eyelids?
  • uncomfortable contact lenses?
  • decreased tolerance of reading, working on the computer, or any activity that requires sustained visual attention?
  • eye fatigue?

What is dry eye?

Dry eye is a condition when the eye does not produce tears properly, or when the tears are not of the correct consistency and evaporate too quickly.

Dry eye can adversely affect a person’s quality of life, due to discomfort, tearing or an inability to do things due to making symptoms worse (eg contact lens wear).

Dry eye can make it more difficult to perform some activities, such as using a computer or reading for an extended period of time, and it can make it difficult to cope in dry environments, such as the air inside an airplane.

New Treatments for Dry Eye

The first step in treating Dry eye is a thorough consultation to try and identify the correct cause. In the past, day to day relief came in the form of eye drops. These frequently help symptoms, but as soon as you stop using them, the symptoms return. Now, new treatments such as “Blephasteam” are giving longer lasting relief, without the need for additional eye drops.

How can BlephasteamTM help?

Blephasteam is one way to treat Meibomian gland blockages. It is an eyelid warming
device which helps relieve congestion in the Meibomian glands. Over time, these
glands are prone to blockage and the oily secretion hardens. As a result, the glands
are no longer able to provide the right balance of oil to the tears.

Following use of Blephasteam, our Optometrists will massage and physically
express the hardened oil from the glands. This procedure may need to be repeated
between 2 and 6 sessions (over a number of weeks), depending on the severity of your dry eye.

Treatment is painless, and takes approximately 20 minutes. You may feel like your eyes are having a sauna, followed by some pressure on your eyelids.

Blephasteam is just one way that Harmony Vision is now tackling this age old problem, with new technology. Results are dependent on the nature of the dry eye being treated. For further information, or to book a consultation about your dry eye, call 5520 5900.

Paul Graham

Paul believes that what he truly practices is “Optometry for the Individual”. Whether it be vision training, glasses, custom or disposable contact lenses, orthok or precision tinted lenses, Paul will consult with you, completely assess your vision and custom design a treatment approach that is right for you. If you want a fresh approach, then Paul is the Optometrist for you!