Dry eye disease is a chronic condition that can be very uncomfortable and can even damage your eyes.
In our new Dry Eye Clinic, we will perform a series of diagnostic tests to determine the exact nature of your dry eyes and what the best course of treatment might be. Together, we can plan a way forward to healthier and more comfortable eyes.
Causes of Dry Eye
While they are not mutually exclusive, there are typically two main causes of dry eyes: not enough tears and/or poor-quality tears. Specifically, poor quality tears often stem from blocked glands in the upper and lower eyelids. These glands secrete the oily layer of the tears, which decreases the amount of evaporation from the surface of the eyes. There may be many reasons for blocked and/or damaged glands. This is something that can now be treated especially if topical drops alone have not achieved the desired result.
Symptoms of Dry Eye Disease include some of the following:
- Burning or itchy eyes
- Foreign Body sensation, sandy/gritty feeling
- Sudden watery eyes
- Sensitivity to light
- Blurry vision
- Eye fatigue
Treatment will depend on the severity of the dry eye disease. For mild cases, recommendations may include topical drops, lid wipes, warm compresses and/or omega 3s.
We are also now offering a thorough in-office cleaning of the lids and lashes that will treat blepharitis and inflammation of the eyelids that can exacerbate dry eyes. This is done using a treatment called ZEST and it is very effective at increasing the comfort of sore and dry eyes.
As well, we are able to offer an even more advanced treatment called iLux. This is a safe in-office treatment that heats the meibum in the Meibomian glands in the lids and then gently expresses the glands. This eliminates any clogged material and allows the glands to secrete fresh meibum.
For more information about Dry Eye please visit mydryeye.ca