NEW, state-of-the-art, tear osmolarity tests at Cathedral Eye Clinic means an earlier diagnosis and more accurate treatment programme for patients suffering with ‘dry eye disease.’
“More than 4 million people suffer with dry eye syndrome across the UK – it’s one of the most common eye problems that ophthalmologists treat every day,” says Professor Johnny Moore from Cathedral Eye.
‘Dry Eye’ disease occurs when not enough tears are produced, or the quality of the tears is abnormal and cannot adequately cover the surface of the eye.
Continues Johnny Moore:
“When you blink you leave a thin layer, called the tear film, over the front of your eye. The tear film is an essential part for ensuring the overall health of the ocular surface. It cleanses, lubricates, and nourishes the surface of the eye as well as protecting it against infection. The tear film is made up of three layers and if you don’t produce enough tears, if your tears aren’t of the right quality or if your tears aren’t spread across the front of your eye properly then you may develop dry eye.”
Some of the most common symptoms associated with dry eye are:
* Grittiness or sandy feeling in the eyes
* Burning or stinging sensation
* Itching and scratchiness
* Soreness or painful
* Foreign body sensation
* A feeling of dryness
* Sensitivity to light
Dry eye disease is a symptom of getting older which increasingly affects those aged 50+ and is often difficult to diagnose through traditional lab testing methods for a variety of clinical and diagnostic methods.
“Now, at Cathedral Eye, we offer a state-of-art tear osmolarity test which can help diagnose dry eye disease more accurately and rapidly hence enabling more accurate treatments through new ‘lab-on-a-chip’ technology. Independent research shows that this test outperforms more traditional assessments in identifying dry eye disease and rating the severity of the disease. It’s a breakthrough for dry eye patients, in that their quality of life could be improved greatly through more accurate diagnosis and treatment.”
Management of dry eye is usually a combination of treatments and lifestyle changes that are tailored to the needs of an individual patient.
Professor Moore believes that there are two main goals when addressing the treatment of his dry eye patients:
“My primary aim is to alleviate symptomatic discomfort and then secondary to prevent or reverse complications and further ocular surface damage that may cause a deterioration of their vision”.