Conjunctivitis – Also known as red or pink eye, conjunctivitis is an eye condition caused by infection or allergies. It will normally clear within a couple of weeks without treatment. Speak to a pharmacist about conjunctivitis and they can usually advise suitable eye drops or antihistamines to help with your symptoms. Treatment for conjunctivitis however will depend on the cause.
If it's a bacterial infection you might benefit from Optrex (Chloramphenicol 1% w/w) Bacterial Conjunctivitis Eye Ointment. This medicine however will not work if it's caused by a virus (viral conjunctivitis) or an allergy.
If your symptoms do not improve within 48 hours of using Optrex, you should consult your doctor.
Dry Eyes – Also known as dry eye syndrome, this problem usually manifests if you aren’t able to produce enough tears, leading to dry, irritated and uncomfortable eyes. You are more at risk of dry eyes if you're over the age of 50, wear contact lenses, stare at computer screens for lengthy periods without a break, you spend a lot of time in air conditioned or heated environments, or if it’s windy, cold, dusty or dry.
Dry eyes can be treated easily enough through the use of Hypromellose Eye Drops, gels, ointments or allergy medicines.
Conjunctivitis and dry eyes are just two of the most common eye complaints. However, there are many more such as tearing, which produces watery eyes depending on your environment, and eye strain, caused by overworking your eyes. This can be due to driving, reading, or looking at a computer screen for long periods, or through being long or short-sighted and not using/wearing appropriate glasses or other means to correct the problem.
‘Red eyes’ or bloodshot eyes is another eye problem, characterised by the whites of one or both of your eyes turning a pink or reddish tint. Bloodshot eyes are caused by any number of eye complaints such as allergies, dry eye, conjunctivitis, dry or smoky air, etc. Fortunately we have Optrex Bloodshot Eye Drops which can quickly and effectively relieve the redness in your eye(s).
Whatever your eye complaint, you can be sure to find suitable eye care treatment at Medical Specialists®.
There are many reasons for thin eyelashes. One of the most common reasons is the over-use of false eyelashes. Repeatedly putting them on and off can lead to eyelash loss. Eye infections, a thyroid imbalance, and vitamin deficiency are common causes but it can also be caused simply by poor makeup habits. For example, failing to remove makeup products each day or scrubbing and rubbing your lashes will cause the delicate hairs to fall out. Temporary eyelash loss is also a side-effect of undergoing chemotherapy. Alopecia areata may also cause a loss of eyelashes. This is an autoimmune condition that causes the body's immune system to attack the hair follicles.
The causes of thin eyebrows are very similar to that of when you experience sparse eyelashes and include autoimmune diseases such as alopecia areata or lupus, hormonal changes such as a thyroid hormone imbalance, nutrient deficiencies and skin conditions such as psoriasis can also cause thinning eyebrows. Too much tweezing, plucking or waxing of the eyebrows earlier in life cause also result in much thinner eyebrows as we get older. Similarly to thinning eyelashes, cancer treatment (chemotherapy) will likely result in a temporary loss of the eyebrows.
A simple treatment and precautionary measure for maintaining eyelashes and eyebrows is simply look after them better! Less trauma inflicted on hair follicles is advisable as constant tweezing, plucking and waxing of eyebrows for instance can lead to permanent follicular damage. Try to leave as long as possible in-between appointments for waxing or threading. A lack of biotin, fatty acids and zinc can have a negative impact on hair health, so it may be worth discussing with your doctor if you believe you may have a deficiency in these.
Certain off-license treatment has found to have huge benefits in regard to hair growth and thicker eyelashes/eyebrows.Lumigan (Bimatoprost) 0.03% is a topical treatment applied directly to the eyelashes (not in the eye). Several studies have found that applying Bimatoprost once per day can bring very promising results, with results often evident in as little as 8-12 weeks and can be used by chemotherapy patients dealing with eyelash loss.