Dry Eye Treatment in Singapore
What is Dry Eye?
Dry eye is a condition where the eyes do not produce enough tears, or the tears produced are of poor quality. This can lead to discomfort, blurred vision, and an increased risk of eye infections.
There are many possible causes of dry eye, including:
- Excess use of computers
- Medical conditions that can cause dry eyes such as autoimmune conditions like SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus), rheumatoid arthritis
- Environmental factors such as dry climates
- Sitting under aircon vent
- Use of contact lenses
If you think you may have dry eyes, visit our eye care clinic in Singapore to consult our expert eye doctor for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.
Dry Eye Diagnosis
To diagnose dry eye in a patient, the ophthalmologist at our eye specialist clinic in Singapore will examine the patient using a slit lamp to look at the tear layer in the eye (tear strip). This is done to see if there is enough water in the tears, then the ophthalmologist will apply yellow eye drops to see if the tear layer over the cornea is even and good. If needed, our ophthalmologist can measure if there is enough water content in the tears via a Schirmer’s test. From the diagnosis, the ophthalmologist can determine what eye drops to use and what treatment is needed.
Dry Eye Treatment
Dry eye can be a very frustrating condition, but there are many effective treatments available for dry eye syndrome. By consulting a dry eye specialist, you can find the right treatment for you and get relief for your symptoms.
The most common treatments for dry eye includes:
- Lubrication eye drops that replace tears that are insufficient.
- Eye Drops that allow the production of more natural tears
- A thicker eye drop (a gel) can also be used for patients with dryer eyes. However, it can cause a little blurring.
If eye drops are not effective, your doctor may prescribe or suggest dietary supplements to treat dry eye.
Out of these treatment options, eye drops are tailor-made according to symptoms and severity. If the condition is severe, punctal plugs are needed. A punctal plug, also known as a tear duct plug or lacrimal plug, is placed in the drainage tube which lasts for 6 months and drastically improves comfort and reduces the need for eye drops.
At EyeWise Vision clinic in Singapore, the treatment for dry eye is done after testing how dry the eyes are, using an evidence-based approach. Even for other eye conditions, which can require treatments such as glaucoma surgery, cataract surgery and others, the evidence-based approach is used as well. Contact us today to book an appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dry Eyes Treatment in Singapore
An ophthalmologist is an eye specialist who can help diagnose and treat dry eye. They can prescribe medication or treatment to help reduce the symptoms of dry eye only after examining the condition of the dry eyes. Our ophthalmologist in Singapore can also diagnose and treat other eye conditions.
If a dry eye is not treated, it can lead to more serious problems such as corneal ulcers or infections. Untreated dry eye can also cause vision issues. If you think you have dry eye, book an appointment with our eye specialist in Singapore for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.