Dry Eye – Medical Diagnosis
Dry Eye Statistics - Australia
Do I have Dry Eye?
- It is estimated around 30% of the population have Dry Eye Problems.
- 38% of those show no signs or symptoms.
- About 14% have Aqueous Deficiency for which Artificial Tears are often prescribed (click here for more).
- Around 60 – 80% of sufferers have Mebomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) which can be treated with IPL (see treatments below).
- As our population ages, the number of severe sufferers increases.
- In nearly all cases of Dry Eyes the condition is chronic. That means we can treat we can’t cure
- Older Australians are more likely to have sever Dry Eye Problems.
- Start treatment when the condition is mild.
- New treatments are now available!!!
Symptoms for dry eye includes burning, itching, redness, pain, and ocular fatigue, which may sometimes be referred to by patients as ‘eyestrain’. Even seemingly minor levels of dry eye has the potential to become a severely debilitating disease.
Managing symptoms and stopping its progression in the early stages is vital as progression into more sever symptoms can have an enormous impact on the life of a dry eye patient. In fact many experts believe that dry eye for even mild sufferers can be as debilitating as severe migraines for some people.
Much like Glaucoma many people who have dry eye problems are unaware they have a problem. In fact some studies show up to 60% of dry eye suffered do not realise they have an issue. Because symptoms such as pain are not always present diagnosis & treatment outcomes rely on tests and patient feedback:
The first step in treating a dry eye is usually Lubricating Drops or Sprays that contain Liposomal. The aim is to dilute inflammatory processes going on which may impact on the tear film of the eye. If the dry eye condition is more sever then treatment methods are stepped up accordingly.