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We help to maintain vision through regular VisionSafe Eye Checks


Are you over 40 and haven’t had a comprehensive eye check done in the last year? A VisionSafe Eye Check can help you understand your options for chronic dry eye


Dry eye

Dry eye is a common condition. Dry eyes occur when the eyes don’t make enough tears, or the composition of the tears is abnormal and cannot cover the surface of the eyes sufficiently well.

What causes dry eye?

Dry eye syndrome is more common in women than men. The incidence of dry eye increases with age due to the natural ageing process. Hormonal changes in women e.g. the menopause, also influence dry eye symptoms.

Other factors include

  • Environmental conditions including air-conditioning, central heating. Windy weather and smoky environments can induce quicker tear evaporation
  • Medications: the oral contraceptive pill, anti-depressants and antihistamines, beta-blockers and diuretics
  • Looking at electronic screens for long periods of time
  • Contact lenses dry eyes out
  • Blepharitis

An uncommon cause of dry eye is Sjogren’s syndrome.

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Visit us for a VisionSafe Eye Check to see if we can address your dry eye syndrome.


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Praveen Patel

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How do you know you have dry eye?

Symptoms of dry eye include:

  • eyes feeling dry, gritty or sore, and getting worse throughout the day
  • burning and red eyes
  • temporarily blurred vision, which usually improves when you blink
  • eyelids getting stuck together on waking
  • paradoxically, episodes of watering eyes, which can occur if the eye tries to relieve the irritation by producing more tears

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Get a consultation for dry eye in St Albans

If your dry eyes are bothering you, visit us for an eye consultation that includes:

  • Clinical History
  • Vision measurements (sometimes dilated)
  • Additional tests to measure tear production and tear film stability

Dry eye treatment depends on the contributory causes but usually a combination of options and lifestyle changes including:

  • Lubricating eye drops
  • Blepharitis treatments
  • Other treatments including plugging up the tear ducts to slow down tear drainage
  • Other medical treatments for severe dry eyes

Contact us to book your consultation in St Albans.

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Lydia Chang started Eyesight Hertfordshire because she wanted to provide excellent service in the private healthcare service. This led her to start Eyesight Hertfordshire with her colleague, Praveen Patel.

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This post is about Lydia Chang, an eye doctor in St Albans specialising in glaucoma. Read about her training & experience that led her to become a glaucoma specialist.


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