Dry Eye

Dry eyes are a very common but potentially debilitating condition.

The human eye is the most amazing camera found anywhere in nature. But like all good cameras it has to be kept clean. Our tears play a vital role in keeping the surface of the eye free from debris and foreign objects and keeping our eyes white, comfortable and seeing clearly.

The tears are a complex structure. They have 3 layers; protein, water and oil. These 3 layers must be in balance and work in harmony to keep the surface of our eye comfortable, clear and healthy.

There are many causes of dry eye including:

  • menopause
  • age
  • allergies
  • medications
  • environmental factors

The oil layer of the tears is made by meibomian glands in our eyelids. When these glands aren’t working properly it is termed Meibomian Gland Dysfunction or Blepharitis. This is the most common cause if dry eyes.

There are many treatments for dry eyes. This is an extremely common problem with new treatments being made available all the time. QEI Clinic’s doctors are regularly involved in clinical trials for new dry eye treatments.

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