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Southern Alberta’s Arid Climate Can Wreak Havoc on

Your Dry Eye Symptoms. Sound Familiar? We Can Help.

Helping Albertans Find Relief From Dry Eye Discomfort

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.

More Information About Dry Eye

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.

Causes – 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.

Symptoms – Each person experiences dry eye different. You may experience some or all of the symptoms below:

  • Itchy, scratchy eyes
  • Eyes that burn when closed
  • Inability to cry (even when under duress or upset)
  • Ironically, excessive (but poor quality) tear production
  • Eye fatigue
  • Eye discharge that is goopy and stringy (not dissimilar to mucous)
  • Conjunctivitis

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:

  • Artificial tears – Available over the counter and in prescription strength, artificial tears (in the form of eye drops) are typically the first form of treatment recommended. Treatment via artificial tears is affordable and typically quite effective.
  • Punctal plugs – Punctal plugs are used to physically block the eye’s drainage ducts. By doing so, tears are forced to remain on your eye longer (and thus offer a more significant lubricating benefit).
  • Restasis – This effective treatment prompts your body to increase its own tear production. Restasis has proven itself to be an effective long-term treatment for many people, though it can take as long as 90 days of use before its benefits begin to become apparent.
  • Steroid eye drops – While effective at reducing eye inflammation (and thus improving comfort), steroidal eye drops are only suitable for short-term use due to their potential to cause serious side effects (including cataracts)
  • Expressing your meibomian glands – This procedure is uncomfortable but effective in improving eye lubrication. It’s long-term benefit far outweighs its short-term discomfort.

Experienced Dry Eye Therapists, Serving Your Local Community

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.

Don’t Face Dry Eye Alone. Visit Us for Help.

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.

Find our locations or request your appointment online.

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Mailing:
Box 6137, 812 Centre St SE,
High River AB, T1V 1Y1

Email: info@eyes360.ca

High River

812 Centre Street S.E.
High River, AB, T1V 1Y1
T - (403) 601-2713
E - info@eyes360.ca

Mon 9am - 5pm
Tues 10am - 8pm
Wed 9am - 5pm
Thur 9am - 8pm
Fri 9am - 5pm
Sat 9am - 5pm

Vulcan

112 1 St S
Vulcan, AB, T0L 2B0
T - (403) 485-2177
E - v.eyes360@gmail.com

Tues 8:30am - 4:30pm
Wed 8:30am - 4:30pm
Fri 8:30am - 4:30pm

Nanton

2219 20th St
Nanton, AB, T0L 1R0
T - (403) 646-3200
E - nantoneyes360@gmail.com

Mon 9am - 5pm
Tues 9am - 5pm
Wed 9am - 3pm
Thurs 9am - 5pm
Fri 9am - 1pm

Okotoks

27D McRae St
Okotoks, AB, T1S 1A5
T - (403) 938-2191
E - okotoks@eyes360.ca

Mon 9am - 5pm
Tues 9am - 6pm
Wed 9am - 6pm
Thur 9am - 8pm
Fri 9am - 5pm
Sat 9am - 1pm