Irritable, tired eyes…

Irritable, tired eyes are often a consequence of drying, i.e. having an inadequate ‘tear film’. There are two important factors when considering your ‘tear film’:

1. The volume of tears produced

2. The stability of the tear film

Your Ophthalmologist will be able to determine which or, quite often, if both of these factors need addressing to cure your symptoms.

A low volume of tears can be treated with artificial tear supplementation or occlusion of tear drainage. An unstable tear film is often caused by eyelid margin inflammation (blepharitis) which can be treated with eyelid margin cleaning, omega 3 supplements e.g. flax seed oil, and occasionally oral antibiotics e.g. doxycycline.