We’re no strangers to the discomfort that dry eye causes those that live with it. If you’ve ever experienced dry eye, even temporarily, you know all too well how debilitating it can be. Not only can dry eye cause significant and persistent symptoms, it often exacerbates symptoms of other eye conditions and diseases.
Dry eye is caused by inadequate eye lubrication. This can be caused by several things, from poor tear production to tears that lack proper lubricating properties. We will help identify the cause of your dry eye and create a treatment program designed to minimize your symptoms.
<strong>Causes</strong> – Dry eye can be caused by a variety of factors, ranging from seasonal causes to side effects from certain medications and treatments. Over the counter antihistamines, for example, can cause dry eye as a side effect of their use.
Allergies, including seasonal allergies, can also exacerbate dry eye. We will identify the cause of your symptoms as part of our ongoing treatment and management.
<strong>Symptoms</strong> – Each person experiences dry eye differently. You may experience some or all of the symptoms below:
Diagnosis – Dry eye is diagnosed through a comprehensive eye exam. Depending on the results of our diagnosis, we may also measure your tear production (including total volume) and lubricating qualities.
Treatment – Thankfully, there are a myriad of treatments available for dry eye. Due to its prevalence, it is a relatively well understood condition that benefits from considerable research and development. The most common treatments include:
You don’t need to make the long drive to Calgary or Lethbridge to find help with your dry eye symptoms. Our offices in High River, Nanton, Okotoks, and Vulcan, are equipped with modern, cutting-edge equipment and staffed with experienced eye doctors and eye care professionals.
Each case of dry eye is unique. Whether yours is temporary, seasonal, or chronic, we can help you find relief from your symptoms and improve your quality of life.
Living with chronic discomfort and pain can be challenging both mentally and physically. We get it. We work with hundreds of patients every year to help improve their quality of life.
Visit one of our four offices across southern Alberta: we will create an individualized treatment program that addresses your specific symptoms and treatment needs.