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Dry eye affects millions of people throughout the world and is one of the most common reasons for people
to seek eye care. Dry eye is characterised by an unstable and a more concentrated (termed hyperosmolar)
tear film, which leads to increased inflammation and damage to eye structures and nerves. The tear film is
a thin layer of tears at the surface of your eye which washes, protects, nourishes and lubricates the eye. 


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Dry Eye can result from a number of factors including spending time in a dry environment, computer use,
contact lens wear, the natural aging process, hormonal changes or prescription medications to name a few.
Moderate to severe dry eye can be life-altering and may be associated with eye pain, limitations in
performing daily activities (e.g. reading, driving, use of digital devices), sleep deprivation, reduced energy,
poor general health, and often depression.

Common symptoms and signs of Dry eye include:


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Consultation Information

A recommended sequence of tests for the diagnosis of dry eye first utilises questions to exclude conditions that mimic dry eye. During your consultation we will evaluate:

• The saltiness of your tears (i-Pen tear film osmolarity)

• The quality and stability of your tear film

• Ocular surface damage indicated by dye staining

Tests or drops used will not affect your ability to drive.


The management of Dry eye can be challenging due to its multifactorial aetiology. Determining the major causative factors behind the dry eye is critical to selecting the appropriate management. The ultimate goal of dry eye management is to restore the homeostasis of the surface of the eye and tear film. While certain treatments may be specifically indicated for one aspect of a person’s condition, a number of therapies may be appropriate to manage someone presenting with dry eye. There is no single approach to dry eye management that will suit all people.

Initial 40-minute Consultation and 20-minute Review Fee: £220.00

These treatments may be recommended to you by the Optometrist at your consultation:

• Recommendation of Dry eye products: Associated cost

• BlephEx: £75.00

• Demodex Tea Tree Oil treatment (includes 2 boxes of Cliradex): £290.00

Ongoing care: 20-minute Dry Eye Review £60.00

For enquiries or to book an appointment, please contact our team who will be happy to help you. 

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