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Causes of dry eye

Dry eye is common, studies estimate that up to 30% of people may experience it at some point in their life. It is more prevalent in people over 60 - particularly women. 

Dry eye syndrome, or dry eye disease, occurs when the eyes do not make enough tears, or the tears evaporate too quickly as the oil glands are blocked or abnormal.

This leads to the eyes drying out and becoming inflamed (red and swollen) and irritated.

The condition is also known as keratoconjunctivitis sicca. 

Dry eye is not normally serious and although there is no cure most people can be kept comfortable using eye drops regularly. 



Some groups of people are particularly vulnerable to dry eye, these include:

  • Men and women over 60 
  • Women during menopause
  • Computer users 
  • Long-term use of certain medicines, including beta-blockers, antidepressants, painkillers such as aspirin and anti-histamines and oestrogens
  • Sufferers of certain medical conditions, such as Sjögren’s syndrome.

If however the main problem is a blockage of the oil secreting glands, then the condition is called blepharitis, meibomian gland dysfunction or lid margin disease.(link to Blephacura) 

How Clinitas can help

The innovative range of Clinitas products has been developed to target the causes of dry eye and provide lasting relief from its symptoms.

  • Clinitas Soother packagingClinitas Soothe - gentle preservative-free eye drop, in re-sealable droppers for all day use
  • Clinitas Hydrate packagingClinitas Hydrate - a gel that increases the tear volume to lubricate and comfort the eye for up to six hours, making it excellent for overnight use and on wakening