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Dry & Watery Eyes

Key note speaker at BCLA UK Conference and Exhibition

Sarah Farrant from Taunton and Langport based Earlam and Christopher Optometrists will be one of the key note speakers at this year’s BCLA UK (British Contact Lens Association) Conference and exhibition and will be presenting a lecture to delegates (optometrists) about successful dry eye management.

The educational event is intended to help improve confidence in contact lenses and in managing Dry Eye Disease and Ocular Surface Health, allowing eye care professionals to deliver the best possible care for their patients in this area.

Sarah is a highly acclaimed national and international specialist in this field and is also the UKs Ambassador for the Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society (TFOS). The TFOS is a non-profit organisation facilitating forward momentum in ophthalmological research.  The Society’s Global Ambassador and membership programs foster collaboration among scientists, clinicians and industry professionals to help the world see better.

At her specialist dry eye clinics Sarah diagnoses and treats this uncomfortable and debilitating condition which causes symptoms such as light sensitivity, fluctuations in vision, inflamed eyelids, burning or gritty eyes and dandruff around the eye lids.

This year’s event will be held from the 4th-10th June at Aston University in Birmingham.

When hay fever starts appearing

It’s coming on to that time of the year when hay fever starts appearing, late this year due to the inclement weather, it is forecast that there will be a massive rise in sufferers this month.

So, if you are one of the unlucky people who suffer from the ‘not to be underestimated’ symptoms of this allergic reaction what can you do about it?

Hay fever can present itself in many ways. It can range from a little sniffle to a facial pain and a loss of your sense of smell. For our patients, it is the annual battle of how it affects their vision so this year, we thought we would try and get ahead of the game and give you some well tested solutions to the itchy and runny eye problem and give you some ideas of how you can control it.

Handy tips to control hay fever

It’s true that wearing sunglasses really is a great way to prevent your eyes from really kicking off at the first sign of a plant in full bloom! Wraparound sunglasses can act as a barrier to prevent the sticky pollen or spores from entering your eyes.  Of course this won’t save you from the lovely bunch of flowers your kind friend sent you to say thank you!

Pollen is generally released at the beginning of the day between 8–10 am and early evening between 5-7 pm. This is because that is when the air is warming up and cooling down

If you suffer from hay fever you may want to think carefully about your holiday destination. It is usually best to avoid damp humid tropical climates as they are a haven for mites, mould and pollen. A trip to the seaside often offers suffers the best reprieve, being located around bays and having mild temperatures mean they are low on allergens and pollen.

If you usually wash your hair in the morning you could try changing the routine so that you wash it at night. Pollen is sticky and loves to attach itself to your hair. When you lie down and rest your head on the pillow you are also allowing pollen to rub off and into your eyes as you sleep at night. Many of us wake up with sore itcky eyes in the morning and this is one reason why. Worse than that – next day you go and put your head on the same pillow and repeat the exercise until it is bed linen washing day; so much easier to wash your hair than the bed every day!

Your furry friends love nothing better than to be outside enduring a good walk on the grass, weaving in and out of flower beds and then rolling on your carpet,  jumping on your laps or begging for a stroke. They are the perfect carriers of pollen into your home and whilst you love them, you do have to think about what you can do to minimise the risk of increasing your allergic reactions. So, consider a HPEA high–efficiency particulate air filter to trap the allergens before they reach your eyes. Some vacuum cleaners also have these filters fitted.

Imagine just how much sticky pollen love shoes! Give them a good wipe and keep them on a matt out of your main living room to keep problems at bay.

Products that can help control your hay fever symptoms

There are quite a few products available to help you control the symptoms if you start feeling the effects.

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This is the product that many reach for when their symptoms arrive and they effectively block the action of the chemical histamine which causes the irritation. It can also be taken as a preventative but as with every drug they do have side effects and you should check the package instructions carefully. The main side effect is often drowsiness and you can find more information about  these drugs here:


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These can be useful if you get a blacked nose due to inflammations- they help reduce the swelling of blood vessels in the nose.

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As we have mentioned previously, pollen is sticky and when it is swept into our eyes we create tears to flush them out. Ironically this action also reduces the quality of our tears meaning that they still feel dry and sore; it’s a vicious circle.

Ocular lubricants such as Hyabak preservative free drops ; its formulation reduces redness and provides natural relief for a mild eye irritation and can also be used by contact lens wearers who suffer from hay fever.

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Smearing allergy gels or balms inside your nostrils can help as a barrier. Apply it before leaving home and regularly during the day if you blow your nose or sneeze.

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Make up has a habit of dissolving and making you look a lot worse as it adds to the irritation of itchy eyes. Using hypo-allergenic cosmetics can help to reduce extra irritation and the panda eye look!

It’s worth mentioning that if eyes are particularly bad we specialise in prescribing anti- allergy eye drops which can work wonders to relieve symptoms.

Hay fever is a tough challenge for many and we hope these tips will help you cope with the sudden expected onslaught; I can feel my eyes itching just thinking about this!

Sarah Farrant








Tear Clinic

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Do you have Dry, Scratchy, Red or Irritated eyes?

We are holding an Open Day on 6th June from 3-7 pm where you can come and meet with our experts, receive a free mini Tear Clinic consultation, a goodie bag which includes free samples and enjoy a canape and a glass of bubbles!

We hope to see you there!

The team at Earlam and Christopher

DON’T underestimate the damage colder weather, central heating, staring at tablets and screens and too much alcohol can do to your eyes.

That’s the message from Taunton optometrist and chairman of the Somerset Local Optical Committee Sarah Farrant, who warns they could all cause dry, red and irritated eyes.

And that can lead to more serious eye health problems if ignored.

With this in mind and Christmas just around the corner, Mrs Farrant has put together some advice on watery eyes – and how we could be allergic to winter.

That’s the message from Taunton optometrist and chairman of the Somerset Local Optical Committee Sarah Farrant, who warns they could all cause dry, red and irritated eyes.

And that can lead to more serious eye health problems if ignored.

With this in mind and Christmas just around the corner, Mrs Farrant has put together some advice on watery eyes – and how we could be allergic to winter.

She said:

“While we often think about wrapping up warm to protect our skin in the chilly winter months, we forget that winter can take its toll on our eye health too.

“Dry eye is a common condition during winter, causing tired, dry and irritated eyes, and many suffer with symptoms without realising there is a solution.

“Luckily there are things we can do to make sure we stay bright-eyed this season.” Overindulging with alcohol over the festive season can cause dehydration, leading to red, puffy eyes – Mrs Farrant recommends drinking plenty of water before bed to avoid ‘hangover eyes’ and resting a warm flannel over your eyes for ten minutes.”

She said:

“The wind and cold weather can have a drying effect on our eyes, leaving them feeling gritty and sore.

“Sometimes the wind can be so drying that our eyes produce watery tears which just run off our eyes, rather than hydrating them.”

To prevent this and to treat watery and uncomfortable dry eyes, she recommends using a preservative-free eye drop, ensuring eyes stay lubricated for longer.

When it comes to make-up, Mrs Farrant said:

“Nothing quite says Christmas like glitter, but shimmery eye shadows are some of the worst offenders for irritating our eyes and the delicate skin around it.

“Using hypo-allergenic and ophthalmologist-tested products can help, as well as cream eye shadows instead of powders.

“Using a specialised wipe to remove eye makeup is also key to preventing irritation.”

Dry Eyes and Computers

I’ve worked with computers for many years now but just lately my eyes seem to get irritated more easily and feel at their worst by the end of the week. Is this linked to computer use or something else, and can I do anything to alleviate this?

Sarah Farrant, Optometrist and Dry Eye Specialist, is here to help.

Dry eyes are often a natural part of getting older, but they can also be exacerbated by lots of different things, like using computers.  In fact, bad habits when using computers are some of the most common reasons for irritable, dry eyes.

Failing to take regular breaks from screens and using a computer for more than six hours a day means dry eye is a common problem. It’s caused by concentration and not blinking as often as we should. We develop dry spots on the surface of our eyes and suffer reflex tearing – watery tears that simply run off our eyes and do nothing to hydrate them.

Try following the 20:20:20 rule while you’re using the computer; every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. You can also try preservative-free hydrating eye drops, such as the Hycosan range from Boots.

We now also supply special contact lenses for people who spend a lot of time at the computer screen – introducing Biofinity Energys Contact Lenses!


Blepharitis Treatment That Really Works…..

Our Expert Optometrist Recognised As A Pioneer In Dry Eye Treatment



Sarah Farrant, Optometrist and Director (along with husband Edward Farrant), recently gave a prestigious lecture to the British Contact Lens Association at their Visionaries Day in the Royal College of Physicians in London. Sarah is a specialist in dry eye and watery eye management and is leading the way nationally in treating Demodex blepharitis. Her lecture was aimed at guiding the profession in managing blepharitis cases and highlighted her own experiences in the field.

She runs a nationally renowned dry eye clinic in the practice aimed at easing the gritty burning symptoms commonly experienced from this very common condition.

To find out more or to book an appointment with our resident expert, please give us a ring or drop us an email.

New treatment launched for Blepharitis and Dry Eyes





We are pleased to launch a revolutionary new treatment to our range of dry eye services. BlephEx is designed to give the eyelids a deep clean (like going to the dentist!) to remove the debris and crusts that build up and contribute to the sore gritty symptoms of dry eyes. The treatment is recommended roughly every 6 months.

Treated Demodex Blepharitis – a cause of dry and sore eyes



This movie shows a patient who was diagnosed with demodex blepharitis 5 months ago in our specialist dry eye clinic. She was treated with a tailored lid hygiene regime and now shows vast improvement in the appearance of the demodex mites in her eyelashes. She also reports a significant reduction in her discomfort and dry eyes. Contact us if you have sore, dry eyes to book an appointment in our specialist clinic.

Demodex Blepharitis – a cause of dry gritty eyes



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