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London Eye Clinic

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Specialist in Eye care and Urgent advice

Founded by consultant clinicians, Expert Eye Clinic is led by vitreoretinal specialist Dr. Tom H Williamson from St Thomas’ Hospital.

 
At the Expert Eye Clinic, we also have an urgent eye care clinic which provides treatment for eye emergencies. If you have an eye injury, don’t try to judge the severity of it. Immediately seek the opinion of one of our eye doctors to lessen the risk of hurting your vision. We understand ocular emergencies can arise at any time.

40 years of medical experience

Expert Eye Clinic is committed to providing the very best of personalised care

Central London location

Based in the heart of Based in the heart of the West End

Advanced technologies

Access to state-of-the-art technology and leading industry consultants

Visula XL and Hydramed eye care products

Visula XL and Hydramed has been clinically proven to heal and advance the healing process and injury of the cornea

Patient centric approach

Patient comfort and wellbeing is paramount at Expert Eye Clinic - from consultation, through to post-treatment

Aftercare guidance and support

Post-treatment guidance is providing by our team, ensuring optimal results of your treatment

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Dry Eye Syndrome is a condition in which the eyes do not produce good quality or quantity of tears, causing chronic dryness and discomfort. This condition affects hundreds of millions of people, that often visit their GP to seek some relief. An adequate and consistent layer of tears on the surface of the eye is essential to keep your eyes healthy, comfortable and seeing well. Tears bathe the eye’s surface to keep it moist and wash away dust, debris and microorganisms that could damage the cornea and lead to an eye infection.

A normal tear film consists of three important components, each component of the tear film serves a critical purpose:

– An oily (lipid) component – lipids help keep the tear film from evaporating too quickly and increase lubrication
– A watery (aqueous) component
– A mucous-like (mucin) component – helps anchor and spread the tears across the surface of the eye

Each tear component is produced by different glands on or near the eye:

– The oily component is produced by meibomian glands in the eyelids
– The watery component is produced by lacrimal glands located behind the outer aspect of the upper eyelids
– The mucin component is produced by goblet cells in the conjunctiva that covers the white of the eye (Sclera)

A problem with any of these sources of tear film components can result in tear instability and dry eyes, and there are different categories of dry eyes, depending on which component is affected. For example, if the meibomian glands don’t produce or secrete enough oil (meibum), the tear film may evaporate too quickly – a condition called “evaporative dry eye.” The underlying condition – called Meibomain Gland Dysfunction, this is now recognised as a significant factor in many cases of Dry Eye Syndrome.

Ocular Rosacea is inflammation that causes redness, burning and itching of the eyes. It often develops in people who have Rosacea, a chronic skin condition that affects the face. Sometimes Ocular or Eye Rosacea is the first sign that you may later develop the facial type at a later date. This condition is hereditary, the sooner you treat this the more control you will have over the symptoms.

In other cases, the primary cause of dry eye is a failure of the lacrimal glands to produce enough watery fluid (aqueous) to keep the eyes adequately moistened. This condition is called “aqueous deficiency dry eye.” If not treated appropriately, DES is associated with significant pain, limitations in performing daily activities, reduced vitality, poor general health, and often depression.

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DES is usually caused by more than one agency and today’s climate and our technological lifestyle are common contributors. Triggering causes can include:

 

  • Aging
  • Dry environment and pollution
  • Excessive computer/TV/Mobile use
  • Laser refractive eye surgery, previous cataract surgery, other eye/eyelid surgery
  • Certain types of medications (anti-acne, some beta-blockers, oral contraceptives, antihistamines, diuretics, decongestants, alcohol & anti-depressants…)
  • Blepharitis
  • Contact lens wear
  • Hormonal changes, especially in women e.g. menopause
  • Preservatives in eye medication including Glaucoma medications
  • Dry Eye may also be symptomatic of general health disease e.g. people with arthritis are more prone to Dry Eye (Sjogren’s Syndrome = arthritis + Dry Eye + dry mouth)
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A number of factors can increase your risk of dry eyes, some of which are outlined below:

 

  • Computer use – over use can lead to greater tear evaporation and an increased risk of dry eye symptoms
  • Contact lens wear – dry eye discomfort is a primary reason why people discontinue contact lens wear
  • Aging – dry eye syndrome becomes increasingly more common later in life
  • Menopause – post-menopausal women are at greater risk of dry eyes
  • Indoor environments – air conditioning, ceiling fans and forced air heating systems all can result it dry eye symptoms
  • Outdoor environments – arid climates and dry or windy conditions increase dry eye risks
  • Frequent flying – the air in the cabins of airplanes is extremely dry and can lead to dry eye problems
  • Smoking – in addition to dry eyes, smoking has been linked to serious eye problems
  • Health conditions – diabetes, thyroid-associated diseases, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and Sjogren’s syndrome can all contribute to dry eye problems
  • Medications – many prescription and non-prescription medicines increase the risk of dry eye symptoms
  • Eyelid problems – incomplete closure of the eyelids when blinking or sleeping can cause severe dry eyes
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