Dry Eye

Do you experience the following?

  • Itchy eyes?
  • Watering?
  • Redness?
  • Stinging?
  • Irritation while on your computer/phone?

What is Dry Eye?

DryEyeseyerubbing.pngAs defined The 2007 Dry Eye Workshop (DEWS) report, a comprehensive definition for Dry Eye Disease (DED) as a “multifactorial disease of the tears and ocular surface that results in symptoms of discomfort, visual disturbance and tear film instability with potential damage to the ocular surface. It is accompanied by increased osmolarity of the tear film and inflammation of the ocular surface.” This is the most widely accepted version to date.

With the above definition in mind, managing and treating dry eye requires various diagnostic tests and therapeutic options.

Dryeyes.pngWe offer a Dry Eye Clinic where we diagnose and present numerous options for managing and treating your specific symptoms. Using a variety of diagnostic tests, a specific treatment plan is created for you. From heat masks, tea tree oil wipes, unpreserved tears, and Omega-3 supplements.

Treatment may Include:

  • Tear Osmolarity: Measures the osmolarity (saltiness) of your tears
  • Eyelid Cleansing: Antimicrobial cleansing using tea tree oil
  • Steam Goggle: Eyelid warming device used in 10 minute sessions
  • Topical Steroids: Used for a short duration to settle chronic inflammation
  • Cyclospoine Drops: Used to treat chronic inflammatory dry eye
  • Non-preserved Lubricating Drops: Replenish, moisturize, and comfort the ocular service
  • Punctal Plugs: Device inserted into tear ducts to prevent drainage of tears
  • Omega-3 Supplements: Essential oils build the lipid layer in the tear film
  • Tea Tree Oil Wipes: Helps to manage inflammation

Call 604-372-3937 to book your Dry Eye assessment with Dr. Kulvir Dhaliwal.

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