We’ve probably all had a dry or watery eye at one time or another; it's just part of being a human. For some of us though it can be a real drag, even a life changing experience - I'll explain this one later.
Now if you've had an eye concern yourself then you've probably either tried eye drops, or even been to see someone about it. I found myself in this position in 2013. My eyes went from being very sore, gritty and dry feeling to watery in almost the blink of an eye!
At that time I'd been an Ophthalmic Optician for around 14 years, yet I'd not been able to understand why I had the problems I did. I tried the obvious eye drops, rubbing my eyes and yes blinking. Each day I had the same problems return. Eventually I'd had enough. I found a super chap based up north who at that time was seeing patients from all over the country - he must know a thing or two about dry & watery eyes I thought!
It was a worthwhile trip, watching how he diagnosed and treated his patients. His methods were effective and actually quite straight forward. What he didn't answer was the why. My modus operandi, is knowing the why. Clinically speaking, once we have a diagnosis for you then we can follow a step by step treatment plan to the point of resolution. It took a long time to get answers, but being tenacious I kept going until I did!
Our approach is now an initial diagnostic assessment, then we'll give you a detailed explanation of our findings, and importantly why you have your symptoms. Then we'll explain to you how we’re going to get you the results you want.
We often get asked “can’t you just tell me which drops to use”. The short answer is no! The long answer is that to provide you with an effective, personalised treatment plan we need to carefully examine the front of your eyes on our sophisticated equipment to understand the nature of your eye troubles. Once we've a diagnosis we can even offer advice based on the salt (osmolarity) of the tear products we advise for you.
I had the privilege to once meet a chap who had a watery eye experience that was out of this world. Literally in his case as he was an astronaut! The story goes that whilst out on a spacewalk he got some of the visor oil in his eye. Yes really. His eyes began watering, now I’m not sure if you know what happens when your eye waters in zero gravity, but I do. Let me tell you.
Because of the zero gravity the only force directing the path of the water is it’s own surface tension. If you’ve guessed that this means you get a blob of oily water covering your whole eye and stopping you seeing anything then you’d be correct.
Now ordinarily if you found yourself in zero gravity with this issue presumably you’d just wipe it away. Imagine yourself in a bulky space suit with a large domed visor over your face - out in space of course. What now? Clearly you get on the radio and say ‘Houston we’ve got a problem...’ I’ll write part two of this story another day.
To benefit from a diagnosis, (which is so much more than just an assessment), our gentle & effective treatments, as well as thorough aftercare, you're welcome to contact us to arrange your appointment in our dry & watery eye clinic.
See you soon!