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Dry Eye Therapy

We Can Diagnose and Treat Your Dry Eye Symptoms

Common Signs of Dry Eye

The symptoms of dry eye typically affect both eyes and may include:

    • Persistent dryness
    • Chronic tearing
    • Blurry vision
    • Itchy eyes
    • Mucus discharge around your eyes
    • Light sensitivity
    • Stinging or burning sensation
    • Red eyes and possibly eyelids
    • Gritty sandy feeling in your eyes
Diagnosing Your Dry Eye

An eye exam is necessary to properly diagnose your dry eye. It is not advised to self-diagnose, as the symptoms of dry eye present similarly to other ocular conditions. Our Optometrist will assess your overall eye health during your eye exam, including looking for any foreign bodies or infections that may be the culprit of your irritated eyes.

A Treatment Plan Designed For Your Eyes

After your eye exam is complete we will be able to guide your course of treatment effectively, alleviating your symptoms. Each patient’s treatment will vary as it is dependant on the cause of dry eye and what stage it may be at.

Your treatment plan may include:

    • Over-the-counter lubricating eye drops, gels, or ointments
    • Prescription anti-inflammatory drops, gels, or ointments
    • Anti-inflammatory medications (taken orally)
    • Lid hygiene products
    • Special hot compress pads to use morning and night
    • Expression (in office) to open blocked tear glands
    • Insertion of special plugs to slow tear drainage
    • Recommendation for surgery (for more extreme cases)

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Important Information About Dry Eye

Is Dry Eye Common?

Yes. Over 30% of Canadians suffer from some form of dry eye. This number is much higher in our drier prairie provinces. Some patients will experience chronic Dry Eye Syndrome [LINK: About Your Eyes Dry Eyes] while others will only suffer from mild dry eyes.

What is Dry Eye?

Dry eye is when our body is unable to create enough tears or is producing the incorrect type of tears that evaporate too quickly.

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