Dry eyes and weepy eyes

What are dry eyes?

Dry eyes are caused by insufficient tear production or rapid tear evaporation. This may cause your eyes to burn or sting, secrete mucus or even become red. Vision may occasionally be blurred as a result and you might suffer from light sensitivity. Dry eyes can have an enormous effect on your daily life. Fortunately, there are many painless treatments that will quickly make you comfortable again.

Symptoms of dry eyes
  • Red eyes
  • Pain
  • Tearing eyes
  • Tired eyes
  • Less sharp vision
  • Itching or a gritty sensation in your eyes
  • Light sensitivity
  • Difficulty wearing contact lenses
  • Irritation by wind, smoke, etc.
  • Blurred vision

Treatment of dry eyes

It is important to understand that there is no quick, ready-made solution. Only with a thorough and long-term treatment good results can be achieved. There is a good chance that various methods will be used simultaneously during your treatment.

As a recognised ‘dry-eye clinic’, we specialise in treating dry eyes. Our ophthalmologists will propose the most suitable therapies.

  • Artificial tears
Drops or ‘artificial tears’ can increase the quantity of tears. Artificial tears are a supplement to your own tears and are often prescribed in combination with another treatment.
  • Tixel
In this treatment, thermo-mechanical ablation is used, which quickly and safely conducts thermal energy to the skin around the eyes. This will increase the lubrication of the eyes and reduce evaporation.
  • Punctal plugs
If insufficient tears are produced or if the tears are of inadequate quality, the tear drainage channel in the lower eyelid is closed up with a ‘plug’, so that the tears remain in the eye and offer better lubrication. The ‘punctal plug’ looks like a sort of small champagne cork and is not visible in the eye.
  • LipiFlow
Clogged meibomian glands in your eyelids are often the cause of dry eyes. The LipiFlow® System uses a patented algorithm of massage and heat in order to remove the blockage and thereby restore the glands’ function.
  • Heated mask and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
IPL is a sophisticated form of light therapy. The warm light acts deeply on the oily meibomian glands, increasing the fluidity of the secretion and improving circulation. This has an anti-inflammatory function on the glands and eyelids. Research indicates that treatment with intense light is successful in 90% of patients.
  • MiBo Thermoflo
MiBo Thermoflo is a painless therapeutic treatment for dry eyes that uses controlled heat. The heat is absorbed deep into the meibomian gland tissue, as a result of which the hardened lipids in the glands become liquid again. This not only improves the thickness but also the quality of the lipid layer of the tear film, which is essential for healthy tear function and a healthy tear film.
  • Blephasteam
The Blephasteam goggles were developed in order to safely warm up to 40°C the glands in the eyelids that produce the lipid layer of the tear film. In the process, the clogged glands are unblocked through pressure and massage.
  • Food supplements
A healthy tear film ensures that your eyes don’t dry out and you can see sharply at all times. The lower layer, a thin layer of oil, is produced by the meibomian glands and protects the tears against evaporation. If these glands produce too little oil, your tears can easily dry up and you can experience blurred vision, or tired or tearing eyes. An Omega 3 food supplement (fish oil) can help. It increases the quantity of oil and improves the quality of the oil produced by the meibomian glands.

Treatment of dry eyes

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