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Staying On Top of Your Dry Eye Treatment Couldn’t Be Simpler

Recognizing if You’re Suffering from Dry Eye

If you’re experiencing the redness and irritation that accompanies dry eye, you’re not alone. Currently, it’s estimated that almost 30 percent of Canadians suffer from it.

Due to the prevalence of this condition there are an abundance of treatment options available. We here at Rocky Ridge Eye Centre are happy to make them available to you.

Diagnosing Dry Eye

In order to determine what type of dry eye condition you may have and what stage it may be in, a comprehensive eye exam is required. Our Optometrists will thoroughly examine your eyes to look for any irritation or other telltale symptoms of dry eye. The results of this exam will help in determining which treatment option is best for you.

Creating a Treatment Plan

Such treatments can include:

  • Topical over-the-counter lubricant drops, gels, or ointments
  • Prescription Topical anti-inflammatory drops, gels, or ointments
  • Oral anti-inflammatory medications
  • Omega-3 supplementation
  • Lid hygiene products
  • Heat and moisture goggles or compresses
  • In clinic expression to open blocked tear glands
  • Insertion of special plugs to slow tear drainage
  • Recommendation for surgery for more extreme cases
Risk Factors for Dry Eye

Risk factors for dry eye can include:

  • Medications
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Environment
  • Changes in hormone levels (menopause)
  • Eye fatigue (such as extended computer use and reading)
  • Injuries
  • Laser vision correction

Important Information About Dry Eyes:

What Are the Signs and Symptoms to Look For?
  • Irritation
  • Burning
  • Scratchiness
  • Stinging
  • Excessive watering
  • Build up of crusts in the eyes upon awakening
  • Blurred or fluctuating vision
  • Sharp pains
Are seasonal allergies and dry eye linked?

These two conditions may have different origins but there is some overlap in symptoms and either condition will worsen the other.

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