What is Dry Eye Syndrome?
Dry eye is a common chronic eye condition where the eyes do not produce enough tears or produce poor quality tears leading to quick evaporation, leaving your eyes irritated and dry. Dry Eye symptoms are more common in older adults and in patients with certain diseases, such as diabetes, allergic conjunctivitis, or Sjögren’s syndrome. Common causes include extensive outdoor activity in the wind and sun, staring at a computer screen for long periods of time, wearing contact lenses for extended times, certain medications, or fatigue. Cigarette smokers are at a higher risk for chronic dry eye.
How to tell if you have Dry Eye Syndrome?
- Burning, stinging sensation
- Sensation of having something in your eyes and/or scratchiness
- Sensitivity to light
- Difficulty with night time driving
- Eye pain
- Blurred vision
- Fluctuating vision
- Excessive tearing
- Blood shot or red eyes
- Difficulty wearing contact lenses
- Tired eyes
What our clinic offers for treatment
Regular Ocular Eye Exams are highly recommended to ensure proper maintenance and care for the health of our eyes. Depending on the cause and type of dry eye, the treatment plans vary. The treatment depends on your tear production and quality of tears that you produce. During your exam at Queenston Eye Care, our skilled Optometrist will assess the quality and health of the lid margins, evaluate your tear production, and examine the front surface of the eye to help determine the appropriate treatment that will be tailored to you.
Some in-clinic treatments include:
- OptiFusion Eye drops
- Blink Gel
- I-Lid ‘N Lash
- I-Drop Pur Gel
- I-Relief Hot & Cold Therapy Eye Mask
One of our many highly-rated Dry Eye relief products in combination with an at-home routine prescribed by our Optometrist will set you on the path to healthy, happy eyes.