Front of the Eye

Dry eye

Dry eye can cause soreness, irritation or watering of the eye. Dry eyes can feel constantly tired. There are a number of causes for dry eye that affect the various layers of the tear film. The most common one is associated with Meibomian Gland Dysfunction or Blepharitis.


Conjunctivitis is either a viral or bacterial infection of the surface coat of the eye, call the conjunctiva. This can be treated conservatively or may require the use of topical medications such as antibiotics or steroids.

Subconjunctival haemorrhage

This is a small bleed or bruise, that originates from one of the small blood vessels in the surface layer of the eye, the conjunctiva. This can be quite impressive as the blood spreads beneath the conjunctiva onto the surface of the eyeball. The common causes for this include high blood pressure, anticoagulant medications or trauma to the eye. This is usually a self-limiting condition.

Foreign body

Foreign bodies can cause significant pain and redness in the eye. You will need to be examined by one of our ophthalmologists to ensure there are no serious complications. Removal of a superficial or an embedded foreign body can be undertaken at Northpoint Eye Care.


Keratoconus is a weakness and gradual thinning of the front clear surface of the eye, called the Cornea. This can lead to it becoming a cone shape, which can affect your vision. There are numerous treatments that are available for this condition.

Fuchs’ Endothelial Dystrophy

Fuchs’ endothelial dystrophy is an inherited condition where the inner layer of cells of the cornea gradually wear out. This layer of cells pumps fluid out of the cornea to keep it clear. If this layer wears out, this can lead to a leakage of fluid into the cornea. Swelling of the cornea then occurs, which results in blurred vision. Fortunately, there is a surgical procedure which can correct this condition if it starts to affect your vision.

Anterior uveitis

Uveitis is an inflammation in the middle layer of the eye called the Uvea. The most common type is in the front of the eye which is termed Acute Anterior Uveitis. This can cause severe eye pain, redness and reduction of vision. This will need urgent assessment and treatment by one of our ophthalmologists at Northpoint Eye Care