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Do you regularly feel like you have grit stuck in your eye?

If so, you could be suffering from a problem commonly known as ‘dry eye’ which affects many people but more so those in the 50+ age range

Rob Jones, owner of local opticians Parley Optometrists reckons that the problem of Dry Eye is actually so common that many people don’t even realise they are suffering from it. Whilst his optical practice is well known for being an advanced clinic which offers state-of-the-art eye care, he still maintains that one of the most common problems he comes across when testing eyes is the problem of dry eyes.

“It’s often overlooked in eye-tests as there is not a specific test that checks for this condition but an optician who knows what to look out for will often identify it and offer advice on how to overcome it.” he says

Familiar symptoms include: blurred or variable vision, tired, gritty or watery eyes or a dull ache around the eyes. If any of these symptoms sound familar to you, you may well be one of the millions of people thought to suffer from this problem.

The problem tends to become worse with time. It is estimated that about one in 10 people between 50 and 60 years of age, and roughly 20% of the over 80's will have a dry eye problem.

There are three main causes of dry eye, the first is reduced tear production which happens with age, hormonal changes, certain drugs and medical conditions. The second reason is increased tear evaporation which can be more pronounced when out in the wind or with a sudden change in temperature. This also results in peaks and troughs in the film that can reduce the quality of vision, leading to transient blurring.

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The third and final cause of a dry eye is an abnormal production of the mucus or oily layer which keeps everything functioning properly. This can be due to physical damage to the eyes or abnormal eyelid positions, but more commonly due to eyelid conditions. If these lid conditions are present then they need to be identified by your Optometrist or Doctor and treated first.

Rob believes there are quite a few people in the area who might be ‘suffering in silence’. “Most of the time, it’s quite easy to treat but part of the problem is that a lot of people don’t realise they are suffering from it”, he says, “so I came up with the idea of having a special open day where people can just come along and find out more and get checked over”

So on July 13, Parley Optometrists are holding an open day especially for people who may be suffering from the symptoms of Dry Eye. The day will include free dry eye assessments (subject to availability), free advice and help as well as some free samples, a free prize draw to win a M&S picnic hamper and some very special offers on dry eye solutions from local dry eye specialists Kestrel Medical, who will also be on hand to advise people. So now there’s no excuse for suffering in silence as free help is at now at hand. Those interested in going are advised to book online at or call 01202 575759.


are pleased to invite you to a FREE

DRY EYE OPEN DAY on 13 July 10am - 4pm

It’s estimated that one in ten people aged between 50 and 60 suffer from Dry Eyes but most either don’t know they have it or don’t know they can get help.

If you suffer from blurred or variable vision, tired, gritty or watery eyes or a dull ache around the eyes, you may be suffering from Dry Eyes - millions of people do!

We’re committed to providing first class eyecare to all our patients, but even if you aren’t currently one of our patients, we’d like to extend this invitation to you!

We’re expecting this day to be popular so if you want to be guaranteed to receive a free 1 to 1 consultation, you’ll need to register early at or call us to register

Call 01202 575759 to make an appointment 127 New Road, West Parley, Dorset Life Begins 15

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