Eyelid Problems and Dry Eyes
Eyelid Problems and Dry Eyes


The symptoms of Dry Eye syndrome may include:

  • Dryness
  • Burning, stinging or itching
  • Gritty feeling
  • Irritation from wind or smoke
  • Blurred or smeary vision
  • Tired eyes
  • Red eyes
  • Excessive watering
  • Photophobia (sensitivity to light)
  • Contact lens discomfort

Please click here for information on treating your blepharitis

It is known that up to 80% of dry eye sufferers could improve their symptoms by treating their Blepharitis and MGD (Meibomium Gland Dysfunction).

Anterior blepharitis Meibomium Gland Dysfunction

Anterior blepharitis

Meibomium Gland Dysfunction

Typical treatment your Optometrist may advise include:

1. Hot treatment on eye-lids using EyeBag (heated in microwave for 30 secs) for 5 minutes once/day, followed by gentle pinch/massage of eyelids

2. Following EyeBag, use ‘Blephoclean‘ preservative free wipes to clean the eye lid and lashes. This should help to remove any ‘crusting‘ on the lids

3. Use preservative free eye drops e.g. Thealoz, Hyabak or Systane to ease any discomfort morning, night and ‘when needed’ during the day

Treatment must continue for 2-3weeks to be most effective, and usually to be continued twice/week thereafter.

It is also known that reduced blink rate whilst concentrating on VDU screen, ipad or reading, contributes towards dry eye symptoms.

One useful ‘tip’ is to increase your blink rate by ‘blinking‘ every time you hit the ‘return‘ key on the computer!!! This may sound strange but increasing your blink rate consistently during the day can have a significant effect on your symptoms.

Other factors that influence your dry eye include medications, general health and various environmental factors.

If you suffer from ongoing, frustrating symptoms listed above, why not book a ‘Dry Eye Consultation‘ with one of our Dry Eye Specialists, where we could discuss your symptoms and and outline the best management plan and treatment for you.

What are the causes of Dry Eye?

Dry Eye can be caused by a wide variety of everyday factors and include:

  • Ageing
  • Blepharitis
  • Dry environment and pollution
  • Computer use
  • Contact lens wear
  • LASIK surgery
  • Preservatives
  • Hormonal changes, especially in women e.g. menopause
  • Dry Eye may also be symptomatic of general health problems or disease e.g. people with arthritis are more prone to Dry Eye (Sjogren's Syndrome = arthritis + Dry Eye + dry mouth)
  • Certain types of medications (anti-acne, some beta-blockers, oral contraceptives, antihistamines, diuretics, decongestants, alcohol & anti-depressants…) CAUTION: do not alter or adjust your prescribed medicines without discussing with your Doctor). Your optometrist or Doctor can advise of any known links between medicines and Dry Eye.

Useful and interesting links are found below:

Blepharitis and Dry Eye Products: Spectrum Thea

Why NOT to use baby shampoo!: video


What is blepharitis?

Blepharitis is an inflammation of your eyelids. It can make eyelids and eyelashes red and crusty and make your eyes feel irritated or itchy. It can also lead to burning, soreness or stinging in your eyes. In severe cases, your lashes may fall out, and you can develop small ulcers or styes as well. You may find your eyelids become puffy. The symptoms tend to be worse in the morning and when you wake up you may find your lids are stuck together.

Blepharitis can be uncomfortable, but rarely causes serious eye damage.
Blepharitis is a chronic (long-term) condition. This means that once you have had it, it can come back even after it has cleared up. It normally affects both eyes. You can usually treat it by just taking care with your hygiene, but you may need treatment for several months.

(source: http://www.spectrum-thea.co.uk/ )



Contact Details

You can easily contact us in several ways:

Telephone : (01286) 672717
E-mail : staff@barnetpepper.co.uk
Post : Barnet Pepper Optometrists & Contact Lens Practitioners,
28 Pool Street,
LL55 2AB