dry eyes

what is dry eye ?

Dry eye is a common chronic disease which is especially prevalent in Canberra due to our harsh dry climate. The unpleasant symptoms of dry eye can include sore eyes, burning eyes, grittiness, blurry vision and sensitivity to light – all of which can impede your quality of life. It never goes away and it cannot be cured, but can get worse if nothing is done about it.

So what can we do about it?

Lubricating eyedrops are often first-line treatment for mild cases, but what are our options when it’s not enough?

Specialeyes Optometrists have a special interest in dry eye management, and we offer specialised treatments to help keep your eyes comfortable:


  • Blephasteam

    A safe and relaxing in-office treatment, this device is basically a sauna for the eyes. Blephasteam uses heat and moisture to bathe your eyes in a warm chamber, melting away the solidified oil stuck in your oil glands to improve natural oil flow and tear quality.

  • Blephex

    An in-office treatment using a specialised cleaning hand piece, which thoroughly and effectively cleans the lid margins and eyelashes. The medical grade micro-sponge rids of inflammatory bacterial debris, thus helping to alleviate symptoms of irritation and discomfort.

  • Anti-inflammatory therapy

    Inflammation can cause dysfunction or damage to the cells involved in secreting or maintaining tears, contributing to the development of dry eye. We can prescribe anti-inflammatory eyedrops to control this inflammation.

  • Optimel Antibacterial Manuka+ Dry Eye Drops

    Manuka honey eye drops applied twice daily to the eyes significantly improves dry eye symptoms, believed to be due to its antibiotic and anti-inflammatory activity.

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