The main cause of dry eye is blepharitis, a chronic inflammatory disorder of the eyelids.

The Meibomian Glands lie between our eyelashes and secrete the oil outer layer of the tear film which is crucial for tear stability. Disruption to the function of these glands is the leading cause of dry eye.

Our tears consist of 3 layers, which together are known as the tear film. This film protects the cornea, the clear window of the eye, and is essential for maintaining excellent vision. Dry eye is a reduction in the ability of the eye to produce or maintain adequate tears.

Dry Eye Disease can also be associated with general medical conditions such as Sjogren’s Syndrome, Rosacea, Arthritis, Diabetes and Thyroid Dysfunction. It may also be a side effect of oral medications or the result of an allergy. After about conjunctivitis, dry eye disease can persist for up to one year.

Treatment options for dry eye

Assessment, and therefore treatment, of the dry eye, includes a thorough eye examination and medical history which will determine the cause. Treatment always involves the use of artificial lubricating eye drops, but in addition, sometimes topical antibiotics, oral antibiotics or topical steroid drops are needed.

Other treatments include intense pulsed light therapy which can significantly improve dry eye symptoms. If your dry eye is related to blepharitis or rosacea, then you may be suitable for a course of IPL treatment. Blepharitis results in the formation of vascular abnormalities on the eyelids and IPL are used to treat vascular lesions as it is selectively absorbed by the haemoglobin of abnormal vessels and destroys them by thrombosis. The treatment involves an initial assessment by an ophthalmologist and then a course of 3 cycles. It will provide symptomatic relief, reduction in the use of artificial lubricating drops and improve the quality of Meibomian gland secretion.

Ophthalmic Gallery


Blepharitis - Blepharitis on a patient.


Chalazion - Chalazion on a patient.

Dry Eye

Dry Eye - Drye Eye on a patient.


Ectropion - Ectropion on a patient.

Entropion - Entropion on a patient.

Eyelid Lumps & Bumps

BCC Nodular - Nodular basal cell carcinoma (BCC) on eyelid.

Cyst of Moll - Cyst of Moll on a patient.

Cyst of Zeis - Cyst of Zeis on a patient.

Milia - Milia on a patient.

Eyelid naevus - Eyelid naevus on a patient.

What to expect

Free Consultation with one of our Patient Advisors

We offer a free, no-obligation 30-60 minute consultation with one of our Patient Advisors. They will work with you to understand your objectives and the results you want to achieve, talk you through the procedure and answer any questions you may have. If you decide that you would like to proceed to the next step and see a surgeon, your Patient Advisor will be happy to arrange this for you. At this point, you will be required to pay a consultation fee. 

Surgical Consultation

The next step is for you to meet your chosen surgeon at the Cadogan Clinic. Your surgeon will use this time to make a comprehensive medical assessment of you, your condition, and your expectations before making a recommendation and personalised treatment plan for you. You will then discuss the outcomes you can expect to see and ask any questions.

The Procedure

On the day of your procedure you will be welcomed at the Cadogan Clinic by your Patient Advisor and dedicated nursing staff. Following a brief medical check, you will meet with both your surgeon and anaesthetist to run through the details of your procedure one final time and answer any last questions you may have.  


After the procedure, you will recover in the capable hands of our aftercare team. As we are a day-case facility you can expect your recovery to be complete within 2 to 3 hours. If your surgeon is happy with your results, you will be able to be discharged from the Clinic the very same day. In some cases patients may wish to stay locally in our exclusive partner hotel the day before or after your procedure in order to be close to their surgeon. Talk to us about these options if this is for you. 

After Care & Support

Our care and support continues in the days and weeks following your procedure with our complimentary aftercare programme. This comprised of a series of appointments made with your surgeon and nursing team to monitor your progress and recovery. They will also introduce you to several scar minimization techniques and bespoke products to aid your progress. Our team are also on call to answer any questions you have around your surgery at any time you are concerned.


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