Wollongong Dry Eye Clinic • Eyecare Plus Corrimal
Wollongong Dry Eye Clinic • Eyecare Plus Corrimal
Read about our comprehensive dry eye management at Eyecare Plus Corrimal.

Our 4-step Comprehensive Dry Eye Assessment

Step 1: Tear Film Assessment

Your tear film is made up of three layers:

  • Mucus layer – to adhere to the surface of your eye, acting as the foundation for your tear film
  • Aqeuous layer – to hydrate the front surface of your eyes, providing a smooth optical surface to see through
  • Lipid layer – to prevent evaporation of your tears, especially in dry environments

We assess the mucus, aqueous, and lipid layers of your tear film, looking for deficiencies in each layer.

Step 2: Assessing eye structures

We assess the eye structures that are related to dry eye:

  • †Producers of tear film: Conjunctiva, Lacrimal Gland, Meibomian Glands
  • ​Structures that can ​alter the tear film when damaged: Eyelid margin, Eyelashes, Cornea.

We assess the function of each part of the eye carefully to find the root causes of a patient’s dry eye condition.

Step 3: Categorize type of dry eye

We record and grade the severity of eye conditions that can cause dry eye.

Two of the main causes include:

  • Meibomian Gland Dysfunction is the blockage or reduced function of oil glands within our eyelids.  These oil glands are responsible for producing the oil layer of our tear film, essential for creating high-quality tears.  

    When these glands no longer function normally, it can cause our tears to evaporate into the environment too quickly, and lead to symptoms of chronic dry eye.

  • Blepharitis is the overgrowth of bacteria along our eyelid margins that may be due to skin conditions such as seborrheic dermatitis and rosacea, natural aging, and allergies.  

    It causes the formation of harmful biofilms that may form crusting around the eyelashes, and this causes a cycle of inflammation that leads to considerable long-term eye discomfort

Step 4: Creating a Dry Eye Management Plan

We take time to discuss what are your goals for dry eye management.

Short-term goals may include symptomatic relief, while long-term goals may vary from prevention of future dry eye, to reducing the frequency of using lubricating eye drops.  For each patient we formulate an individual dry eye management plan.

  • Daytime Dry Eye Relief

    Dosage & type of lubricating eyedrops required.

  • Nightime Dry Eye Relief

    Lubricating gels/ointments, use of eye masks, humidifiers, moisture chamber goggles etc.

  • Blepharitis Management

    Home management and in-office treatments

  • Meibomian Gland Dysfunction Management

    Home management and in-office treatments

  • Supplements & Nutrition

    Advice on dry eye nutrition & use of supplements if required

  • Management of flare-ups

  • Severe dry eye management

    Discussion of specialty contact lenses, referral for advanced dry eye procedures if required.

How severe are your dry eye symptoms?
How severe are your dry eye symptoms?

In-Office Treatments

Blephasteam

($50 per session)

Blephasteam is a safe and painless way to relieve symptoms associated with Meibomian Gland Dysfunction.  Blephasteam maintains the perfect therapeutic temperature and environment to melt the thickened secretions with our Meibomian glands, allow for effective in-office eyelid expression by our optometrists after each session.

The result is better production of oils required for high quality tears, and improved dry eye symptoms.

Blephasteam treatments may require repeating depending on the severity of your dry eye conditions.  For milder cases of dry eye, we may recommend you first try warm compresses and lid massage at home.

Blephasteam treatments are currently $50 per session.  Each session takes 20 minutes and includes manual eyelid expression to clear the Meibomian glands.

BlephEx

($50 per session)

BlephEx is a safe, painless and fast way to effectively clean and exfoliate your eyelids and eyelashes; an important part of the management of Blepharitis.  This in-office procedure completely removes the exotoxin-laden biofilm along the eyelid margin.  This biofilm is responsible for the majority of inflammatory blepharitis, a primary cause of chronic dry eye.

The cleaning agent used during the BlephEx procedure contains tea tree oil and coconut oil to act as a natural, effective way of removing the biofilm.

BlephEx treatments are currently $50 per session.  Each session takes around 10 minutes.

Combined Blephasteam and BlephEx

($75 per session)

Many patients suffer a combination of Blepharitis and Meibomian Gland Dysfuction, and may benefit from a combined Blephasteam and BlephEx session.

The cost of the combined treatment is $100 currently ​$50 per session.  Each combined session takes around 30 minutes.

Book your Dry Eye Assessment

To book in for a comprehensive dry eye assessment and discuss the best long-term management plan for your condition, click the link below to book a comprehensive eye test with us.  

Book an appointment instantly at Eyecare Plus Corrimal.


Eyecare Plus Corrimal Optometrist | Myopia Control & Dry Eye Clinic

Shop 2 / 104 Railway Street, Corrimal, NSW 2518

Phone: (02) 4284 0604

Email: corrimal@eyecareplus.com.au

Fax: (02) 4284 0226