Dry Eye Therapy

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Find Relief From Your Dry Eye Symptoms

Dry eyes are incredibly annoying. They can pull you out of your workflow and cause discomfort. Though dry eyes can occur for many reasons, they are often caused by medications, allergies, and infections.

However, you don’t have to suffer from dry and irritated eyes any longer. At Clarity Optometry, we work with you to find the root cause of your dry eye symptoms and develop effective strategies to reduce, mitigate, and possibly eliminate the problem.

If you are ready to say goodbye to dry eyes, please book an appointment to see our eye care team today!

What are Dry Eyes?

Dry eyes is a term to describe a variety of different eye conditions that can affect the quality of tears your eyes produce. Your tear film is made up of 3 different layers: a mucin layer, an aqueous layer, and a lipid layer.

Dry eyes occur when either one or more of these ingredients is lacking (compromising your tear quality), or your eyes aren’t able to produce enough tears to stay lubricated.

Dry eye symptoms often include:

  • Redness
  • Irritation
  • Itchiness
  • Excessive tearing
  • A stringy discharge
  • Soreness
  • Blurry vision
  • Light sensitivity

 

What Can Increase My Risk of Developing Dry Eyes?

Dry eyes develop for a variety of reasons, and not all dry eye sufferers experience the exact same symptoms. There are a variety of different factors that can disrupt or inhibit the production of high-quality tears:

  • Medications: Birth control, acne medication, and blood pressure medication can increase your chances of developing dry eyes.
  • Medical conditions: These include Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, thyroid disorders, and scleroderma.
  • Laser eye surgery: Dry eye symptoms are a common side effect of the healing process and typically subside once the eyes are fully healed.
  • Getting older: Older adults are more likely to develop dry eyes than their younger peers.
  • Being female: Studies have shown that hormonal changes experienced while taking birth control and going through pregnancy or menopause can affect the quality of tears produced.
  • Environmental factors: Consistent exposure to wind, smoke, and dry air can all contribute to dry eyes.
  • Eye strain: Prolonged visual focus causes our eyes to blink less, which can prevent us from producing enough tears to keep our eyes comfortable.

While all of these can increase the risk of developing dry eyes, this irritating condition can also be caused by meibomian gland dysfunction, Demodex infestation on your eyelashes, or blepharitis. Dry eyes can also be caused by tear gland damage or blockages.

Our Treatment Options

Depending on the cause and severity of your dry eye symptoms, we can suggest a variety of different prescription masks and scrubs. These masks and scrubs help by melting and removing blockages along the lid line, which can interfere with proper tear production.

Nutriceuticals can help you get the vitamins and minerals you need to keep your eyes happy and healthy. Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Zinc, lutein, and zeaxanthin have all been proven to help protect eyes from AMD (Age-Related Macular Degeneration).

Blepharitis is the inflammation of the eyelid, which can lead to sore, red, and even crusty eyes. To help treat blepharitis, we offer Blephaclean, Blephagel, and Blephadex.

  • Blephaclean and Blephadex are a daily eyelid wipes that may help treat and symptoms of blepharitis.
  • Blephagel is an eyelid gel designed to help soothe and reduce the amount of inflammation in your eyes. This can be applied by a wipe and left on throughout the day or through the night while you sleep.

Artificial tears, including Thealoz Duo, Hylo, Ocunox, may help provide temporary relief from dry eye symptoms, depending on the underlying cause.

Keep Your Eyes Feeling Great

Living with dry eyes can be a nightmare for anyone. By contacting our team at Clarity Optometry, we can help you find the solution you need to keep your eyes feeling great and seeing clearly. Please book your appointment today!

Visit Us Today

Our office is conveniently located just off College Ave West, right next door to the Guelph Campus Co-operative, and right across the street from OVC Small Animal Clinic. We offer plenty of parking right in front of our clinic. To enter, take the turnoff on to Borden St and come in from behind our building. You can then easily circle in front of the clinic to park!

Our Address

21 College Ave West
Guelph, Ontario N1G 1R7

Contact Information

Phone: (519) 822-2710
Fax: (519) 822-7877
Mondays
8:30 AM – 8:00 PM
Tuesdays
8:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Wednesdays
8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Thursdays
8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Fridays
8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
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Closed

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