Dry eyes are a common but under-recognised problem. Not only can it cause gritty tired sore eyes, it can also affect the quality of vision. Many patients find it harder it to read or use a computer for an extended period of time. It occurs when the eyes do not make enough tears or they evaporate too quickly. A multifaceted approach is usually required to deal with the problem including drops, lid hygiene, supplements and specialist medication.
Bell’s Palsy occurs when the muscles on one side of the face become weak or paralysed. Most of the time, symptoms are temporary but ophthalmology assessment is important to rule out underlying problems as well as to prevent and manage eye problems. Failure of lid closure can leave the cornea open to abrasions and infections. This can result in permanent visual loss if untreated, watery eyes, lid malposition, facial asymmetry etc.
Ectropion: This involves sagging and outward turning lids and lashes. It can cause watery irritated eyes and result in damage to the front of the eye from exposure.
Entropion: This involves in-turned lashes and eyelid. It should be treated before the eyelashes rub on the front of the eye, causing damage from infection and scarring. Repair is a simple day case procedure.
Hooded Eyes /Eye Bags: Heavy baggy eyelids can be treated by a blepharoplasty (eye lift). The aim is a subtle result – you should look refreshed as if back from holiday. Incisions are made in the natural skin folds.