Dry Eyes Can Be a Pain, But They are Manageable

Many Canadians will experience dry eyes at some point in their lives. It’s an exceptionally common condition which can be exacerbated by seasonal variations, so it’s pretty hard to avoid. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, or sitting in an office which uses recycled air, you’re probably more likely to be hit than most.

The good news is that dry eyes although often a chronic condition can be managed. Pharmacological treatments and lifestyle modifications tend to alleviate the symptoms, but it’s important to confirm the underlying cause of your dry eyes.

A thorough examination of your eyes will let us make a diagnosis and recommend suitable treatment options.

What Are Dry Eyes?

Dry eyes are a condition caused by a lack of lubrication of the eyes, for which the symptoms are largely discomfort in and around the eyes.

  • Causes – The climate is the main perpetrator for most dry eye sufferers in the Chestermere area, as arid (dry) air can whisk plenty of moisture from your eyes. Other causes include:
    • Side effects from medications
    • Skin conditions of the eyelids
    • Meibomian gland dysfunction (common contributor to dry eye)
    • Prolonged computer use
    • Smoking
    • Not drinking enough water
    • Allergies
  • Symptoms
    • Blurred or hazy vision, intermittently
    • A stinging or burning sensation in the eyes, even when closed
    • Grittiness in the eyes
    • A stringy, sticky discharge from the eyes
    • Excessive tearing
    • Tired eyes at the computer

Time to Take Care of Your Dry Eye Symptoms

The recommended treatment for dry eyes will vary depending on the cause and severity of your symptoms.

  • Mild dry eyes – Depending on the root cause, our optometrists may recommend a variety of artificial tears, omega 3 supplements, warm compresses, and/or eyelid scrubs.
  • Moderate to Severe dry eyes – Prescription eye drops that induce tear production and reduce inflammation may be used to improve lubrication. Sometimes a mild steroid eye drop is prescribed to decrease the inflammation that results from dry eyes. Punctal plugs, which deliberately seal off your eyelid drainage ducts, may be inserted to retain more tears on your eyes. All of these treatments are prescription only, so you should have a discussion with your optometrist to see which options are right for you.

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