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1-3 Ashburton Road, Gosforth

Do you suffer from?

Discomfort- burning, stinging, itchiness or grittiness.

Foreign Body Sensation- sandy, gritty feelings, or the feeling that you have something in your eye.

Red Eyes- red, bloodshot eyes can also be a sign of more serious eye conditions, so you should have this checked out, whether you have any other symptoms or not.

Tired Eyes- especially when you are concentrating on reading, the TV or working on the computer.

Sensitive eyes- your eyes may be sensitive to light, or to make-up, or you may find that air conditioning or smoky environments uncomfortable. Your eyes may be irritated or watery in cold, windy weather.

Watery eyes- sometimes the eyes respond to poor tear quality by producing too much of the wrong mix of tears, resulting in watery eyes.

Contact lens Discomfort- lots of contact lens wearers stop wearing contact lenses because the lenses are drying, causing discomfort and reduced clarity of vision. Often Dry Eye treatment means that you can continue to wear contact lenses comfortably and successfully. As contact lens technology moves forward apace, new materials are becoming available all the time, so please talk to us if you aren't wearing your contact lenses as much as you'd like to. The Dry Eye Clinic may be the answer.

All of our Contact Lens patients on direct debit schemes have access to the Dry Eye Clinic, free of charge, as part of their Eye Care package.

Blurred vision- if the film of tears on the front of your eyes is compromised, this can effect your vision too. Often people describe this blurring as smeary vision.


Dry Eye symptoms occur when there is a problem with the tears that lubricate the surface of the eye.

The tears should form a thin and even film across the surface of the conjunctiva and cornea, the tissues at the front of the eye. Symptoms can be caused by a reduction in the quantity of the tears that the eyes produce, or the quality of the tears on the front surface of the eye.

Dry Eye problems can affect anyone of any age, but is more common as we get older and in certain health conditions. Some medications can cause dry eyes, as can some general health problems. We will discuss these with you at your appointment, so please remember to bring a list of your medications with you. If you can bring details of any treatments that you have previously tried, whether self-prescribed drops or drops from the doctor, this will help us to help you too. What we drink can also affect our tears, so please bring with you an estimate of your consumption of water, alcohol and caffeinated drinks.

We have set up our Dry Eye Clinic to help manage your symptoms better. Management and treatment will be agreed after we have carried out a detailed examination of the condition and functioning of the surface of the eyes. It is important to understand that ongoing treatment is often required.

Sarah Townsend is one of the few UK optometrists who has carried out specialist studies and exams to achieve the status of Independent Prescriber. This means that she can prescribe medicines normally only available through the Hospital Eye Department. A great advantage of the Dry Eye Clinic is that it allows much more time with each patient than the busy Hospital Eye Department.

This is a specialist private service and not covered by the NHS.


We offer three packages of care, depending on the severity of your difficulties.

Option 1. the most suitable package for mild symptoms

A basic investigation, providing an overview of your dry eye difficulties. We will investigate the extent of your symptoms and discussing possible solutions. Following this assessment, Jo will show you how to use any treatments that you have been recommended.

Option 1 is most suitable if you experience dry eye symptoms only occasionally and it has only become an issue for you in recent weeks. If your difficulties are more long standing we would suggest option 2.

Allow around 30 mins for your visit (20 mins with the Optometrist and 10 mins with the Ocular Hygeinist). Each appointment is charged at £45.

 

Option 2. the most suitable package for the majority of patients

A detailed review of your difficulties with dry eye. We will consider the effect of your health, medication and environment on your eyes and carry out a specialist examination of your eyes and tears. We will investigate the extent of your symptoms, determine the potential causes and formulate a bespoke care plan. This means that you will only be using drops and treatments that are likely to be most effective for you. You will be given instruction as how to use the treatments advised and can return at any time for a refresher on how to do so.

You will return after two to three weeks, to review your progress and fine tune your treatment.

This is most suitable if you experience dry eye symptoms regularly or have been having dry eye symptoms for more than a few weeks.

Allow around an hour for your initial visit (40 mins with the Optometrist and 20 mins with the Ocular Hygeinist) and 20 mins for your review appointment.

 

The cost for package 2 is £120. Any further appointments needed are charged at £40 per appointment.

 

Option 3.

A detailed review of your difficulties with dry eye. We will investigate the extent of your symptoms, look into the potential causes and formulate a bespoke care plan. This means that you will only be using drops and treatments that are likely to be most effective for you. You will be given instruction as how to use the treatments advised and can return at any time for a refresher on how to do so.

You will return after two to three weeks, to review your progress and fine tune your treatment.

We will provide a written report for your own reference, or for you to pass on to your employer. We will liaise as needed with your employer, to enable you to get the best package of help from us and your work.

This is the most suitable package if your dry eye problems are impacting your work and you need to have reports for occupational health or dialogue with your employer about how to manage your dry eye in the work environment.

The cost for package 3 is £230. Any further appointments needed are charged at £40 per appointment.
If in doubt, we suggest package 2 is the most suitable package for the majority of patients.

 

As dry eye can be influenced by the clarity of your vision, your Dry Eye Care should be preceded by a general Eye Examination. You may need to have this done before attending the Dry Eye Clinic, if you haven't attended Keyes Eyecare for an Eye Examination recently. Sometimes a new pair of glasses can make a big difference to your dry eye symptoms, especially if you aren't seeing as well for the computer as you could be and this is affecting how often you blink whilst working at the screen.

Keyes Eyecare Dry Eye Clinic runs each Wednesday, please contact us to book an appointment.

 


Dry Clinic FAQ's

Is there a quick fix for Dry Eye?

Not normally! Often patients attend the Dry Eye Clinic having tried lots of different drops and treatments, with little relief. It is better to see dry eye as an ongoing condition to manage. Often patients need to have daily treatment for life, for example regular use of an EyeBag or eye drops.

How do I know which are the best eye drops for me?

If you go to the chemist you will see there are many different dry eye drop preparations available. Some of these are better than others and if you don't select the right ones for your eyes, they may actually make things worse! That is why a bespoke treatment plan is key to successful management.

I don't pay for my prescriptions from the GP, can I get any drops you advise from my doctor?

Some of the treatments we advise are available for GPs to prescribe, so do ask if this applies to you.

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