Blepharitis is a common problem, presenting as an inflammation of the rims of the eyelids, with the eyes feeling sore, gritty and dry. Sometimes a dandruff-like crust forms along the lash line. Blepharitis is often caused by a build-up of bacteria at the base of the eyelashes; or by a blockage in the oil glands of the eyelid; but it is also commonly found in people with skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, and dermatitis. There are multiple treatment modalities for this condition.
This is a common condition, which causes the eye to be ‘bloodshot’ with inflamed blood vessels, making the eyeball look red or pink. There are multiple causes for conjunctivitis: viral, bacterial, or an allergic reaction. Mr Scawn will diagnose the cause and prescribe the appropriate treatment, usually eye drops.
Dry eyes is a condition that causes the eyes to feel constantly itchy and burning. The standard treatment is the use of punctual plugs, made of dissolvable silicone, which last from 3 to 6 months. A tiny punctual plug is inserted in the tear duct of your eye, and is barely visible. This plug will block tear drainage and therefore allow the surface of the eye to remain moist.
Epiphora (watery eyes)
Epiphora is a condition that causes the eyes to over-produce tears and water excessively. Often age-related, it is a common ailment in the elderly, and often accompanied with symptoms such as blurred vision, sensitivity to light, soreness, redness, bloodshot eyes, and swelling of the eyelids. Other causes of epiphora are from injury to the eye or a foreign body irritating the eye; allergies (such as hay fever or allergic rhinitis); infections and inflammation; and obstruction of the tear duct. Treatment (which ranges from medication to surgery) depends on the cause of the epiphora.