The Tear Clinic is a specialist eye care service designed to diagnose and manage ocular surface disease, relieve symptoms of dry eye and prevent long-term complications. Established at Brownbills in July 2016, The Tear Clinic operates as part of our daily clinics and your journey begins with an Initial Assessment with one of our specialist Optometrists.
OCULAR SURFACE DISEASE
Ocular surface disease is a multifactorial disease of the tears and ocular surface. It affects a significant number or people but is largely undiagnosed and untreated. Early diagnosis and intervention is crucial in preventing progressive and possibly permanent damage to the eyes.
A visit to the Tear Clinic all starts with an initial assessment with one of our specialist Optometrists.
At this very first appointment, your specialist Optometrist will have an in-depth conversation with you and help you to complete a questionnaire about your symptoms.
They will take a tiny sample of your tears and use the TearLab to measure the osmolarity. This is an advanced technology that assists in the diagnosis of dry eye by giving an objective measurement of the health and stability of your tear film.
A thorough examination of your eyes (eyelids, tear film, ocular surface) will be undertaken, which will include the use of ophthalmic dyes. This allows the Optometrist to best establish the cause of your dry eye disease.
Your specialist Optometrist will fully explain their findings and, using the data and information collected, develop a proposed management plan to help with your dry eye symptoms. This also gives a perfect opportunity to ask any questions and discuss your needs with both the Optometrist and the Optical Assistant.
A follow up appointment is advised 3 weeks after your initial assessment. At this appointment you, together with your Optometrist, will complete a further questionnaire and a second TearLab reading will be taken. These allow the effectiveness of the treatment and management plan to be measured.
Following this, your Optometrist will complete another ocular examination and a BlephEx procedure may be advised and performed. If advised, this procedure cleans the eyelids and is a highly effective way of treating Blepharitis.
Further appointments after this are normally recommended every six months.