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Dry Eyes

Dry eyes syndrome is a common eye complaint. It is usually caused by either a reduction in the amount of tears being produced or circumstances that make tears evaporate too quickly.

  1. Common form of eye irritation
  2. Causes a gritty, dry sensation
  3. Treated with artificial tears

It is now more straightforward than ever to buy dry eyes treatment online. Our easy-to-use doctor consultation service allows you to order medication and have it delivered to your home.

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  1. Treats dry eyes
  2. Breaks down mucus
  3. Acts as artificial tears

Dry eyes syndrome is a frequently seen condition where tear production is impaired. The lack of tears causes reduced lubrication which can lead to eyes feeling sore, gritty and red in appearance. Some people may experience slightly blurred vision which is improved by blinking or they may find that their eyelids stick together, particularly in the morning.

Our tears are a vitally important component used to maintain the health of our eyes. Tears are made up of various substances including waters, oils, proteins, mucus and salts. They protect the eyes from certain strains of bacteria, wash away debris, maintain a smooth eye surface for clear vision and moisten the eye for comfort. Tears are produced by the lacrimal glands that are situated around the eye. The tears drain onto the eye and are evenly spread across the cornea when we blink. If tear production is reduced it can cause numerous problems including a dry and irritated eye.

Experiencing an episode of dry eyes is fairly common as it is a condition that can develop in anyone. However, there are certain factors that may make you more susceptible to the condition. For instance as we get older our tear production may become less efficient and women experiencing hormonal changes during periods, pregnancy or menopause may be more likely to report dry eyes. Those who wear contact lenses, have had laser eye surgery or take certain medications may also be more at risk. Dry eyes syndrome is not an infectious disease and cannot be transferred from one person to another.

Dry eyes symptoms can sometimes improve by making certain lifestyle adjustments. This may include avoiding windy, smoky, hot or dusty environments or protecting your eyes with specialist wraparound eyewear. Computer users should remember to take frequent breaks away from their screen. It is thought that a diet which regularly includes omega-3 fats can help to stave off dry eyes.

Severe dry eye conditions can occasionally lead to complications such as conjunctivitis and inflammation of the cornea. These cases may require specialist medical attention. If your dry eyes symptoms are causing you pain or disrupting your day then an artificial tears medication such as Ilube may be a good treatment option. Ilube eye drops are usually applied directly to the eyes several times throughout the day. The eye drops work to break down any sticky mucus and provide extra lubrication thus relieving symptoms.

To buy dry eyes treatment from our online pharmacy, all you need to do is complete our brief health assessment. One of our clinicians will review your answers, and issue a prescription if suitable. This will be sent electronically to our dispensing pharmacy to be prepared and shipped. We only ever use tracked next-day courier to deliver your medication.

Page last reviewed:  08/10/2021
Types of Treatment

If your dry eye symptoms are mild then you may not require treatment. However, if your condition is causing you problems on a daily basis it is probably a good idea to address it. The dry eyes condition can sometimes be resolved by tackling wider health conditions or adjusting certain medications. You should speak to your doctor if you think one of these factors could be a cause of your eye symptoms.

Symptoms can also be caused by your environment and so making slight lifestyle changes could improve the condition. For example, those eating a poor diet with little or no omega-3 fats may want to improve on what they eat. You might also want to keep air conditioning and central heating exposure to a minimum.

Treatment for persistent or painful dry eyes comes in the form of simple eye drops. We stock Ilube eye drops which act as artificial tears. The drops are administered directly to the affected eye usually several times a day.

How do they work?

Artificial tear eye drops such as Ilube use the active ingredient acetylcysteine to break down any mucus build up on the surface of the eye whilst also providing essential lubrication.

What are the side effects?

The side effects noted with Ilube use include itching, reddening or irritation.

Can I take them with other medications?

Our doctors need to know if you are currently taking or have recently taken any other medicines. This information is important as we need to check for any potential interactions between them and Ilube eye drops.

Page last reviewed:  08/10/2021
Question and Answers

What’s the difference between the medications?

Ilube eye drops use the active ingredient acetylcysteine to combat dry eyes syndrome.

Should I take Ilube?

We need to make sure that this product is suitable to treat your dry eyes condition. Complete our simple health questionnaire so that a review of your medical profile can be carried out by one of our GMC-registered doctors.

Are there different side effects?

Some Ilube users experience reddening, itching and irritation. Full information on the potential side effects caused by Ilube can be found in the supplied patient leaflet.

Is it right for me?

If your dry eyes symptoms are causing you trouble then you can easily find out if Ilube drops will help you. Complete our medical assessment and if approved, a prescription will be generated for you, and you’ll receive your order from our dispensing pharmacy within 24 hours.

Page last reviewed:  08/10/2021

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Delivery on all items is included in the price. After your order has been dispatched, you’ll be supplied with a tracking number, allowing you to follow the progress of your items every step of the way. We deliver to anywhere in the UK, so whether you’re in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow or Cardiff, your order will be at your door within just 24 hours of approval from our doctor.

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08 October 2021
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Dr Daniel Atkinson

(GP Clinical Lead - GMC No. 4624794) 08 October 2021
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