Wondering what dry eye syndrome (DES) is and how it's treated? Our dry eye clinic in Calgary outlines the condition and the treatment options that are available to those who suffer from it in our article this week.
According to estimates, roughly one out of every three Canadians suffers from dry eye syndrome. Given our dry climate in Calgary, that ratio is probably even higher for our city. Some of the main symptoms associated with dry eye syndrome include:
- Sandy or scratchy sensation in your eyes
- The feeling that something is in your eye (foreign body sensation)
- Blurred vision
- An excessive amount of tears
- Swollen eyelids
- Burning or itchy eyes
- Red eyes
- Eye soreness
- Sensitivity to light
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Dry Eye Syndrome: What It Is and How It's Treated
Dry eye syndrome is a condition that happens when our eyes are unable to produce enough tears or the tears that they do produce are not of the proper chemical composition. Clinically known as keratoconjunctivitis sicca, dry eye syndrome falls under two main categories.
This variation of dry eye syndrome occurs when the lacrimal glands in our eyes cannot produce enough of the watery component in our tears which help keep the ocular surface healthy.
Occurs when the meibomian glands in your eyelid become inflamed. Your meibomian glands are responsible for producing the oily layer of your tears and if it is compromised due to inflammation, your tears can become unstable and evaporate faster than they should.
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How Dry Eye Syndrome is Treated
While dry eye syndrome is a progressive, chronic condition that may not be cured entirely, it can be successfully managed to the point where your symptoms are minor or hardly noticeable. Successfully managing this eye condition may also improve your vision. As there are numerous causes for dry eye syndrome, the treatment prescribed by your Calgary optometrist may differ greatly from what another patient is prescribed. Some of the most common treatment options we offer at our dry eye clinic in Calgary include:
- Lubricating ointments
- Artificial tears
- Anti-inflammatory drops
- Warm compresses
- Meibomian gland expression
- Punctal plugs
- Cliradex cleansing wipes
- Nutritional supplements
How Do You Diagnose Dry Eye Syndrome?
If you find yourself persistently suffering from any of the symptoms listed above in the article then you should schedule an appointment with your Calgary optometrist right away. Our highly experienced optometrists are trained to spot the early warning signs or symptoms of dry eye syndrome, and we have different tests which can confirm your dry eye syndrome diagnosis. Our Calgary Dry Eye and Ocular Wellness Clinic specializes in the treatment and diagnosis of dry eye syndrome and has helped hundreds of Calgarians relieve their dry eye symptoms. Get in touch with us to find out more about how we can help you see clearly again and live in comfort.
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