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Dry Eyes

Available in our Edinburgh practices at 17 Queen Street and 348 Gorgie Road, the Dry Eye Clinic is a specialist eye care service to diagnose and manage ocular surface disease - relieving dry eye symptoms and preventing long-term complications.

Ocular surface disease is a multifactorial disease of the tears and ocular surface. This general term is used to describe a range of common conditions that affect the surface of the eye:

  • Dry eye disease (DED) - reduction in the volume and quality of tears
  • Blepharitis - an inflammatory condition of the eyelids
  • Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) - reduced oil production, leading to tear evaporation from the surface of the eye
Common signs and symptoms of ocular surface disease
  • Contact lens discomfort
  • Watery Eyes
  • Burning or gritty sensations in the eyes
  • Sore, red or inflamed eyelids
  • Eyelids that are difficult to open in the mornings
  • Dandruff around the eyelids
  • Light sensitivity
  • Fluctuations in vision


Ocular surface disease is largely undiagnosed and untreated and affects a significant number of people - so visiting the Dry Eye Clinic is highly recommended.

Nearly 50% of people surveyed with dry eye disease say it affects their work life.

1/3 of people claim dry eyes impact the amount of time they spend reading, going outdoors or watching a film/TV.

If you think you have ocular surface disease and would like expert advice or treatment, please call our 17 Queen Street or 348 Gorgie Road practices in Edinburgh to make an appointment at the Dry Eye Clinic.