For millions of Canadians, dry eye is a frustrating disease that produces uncomfortable and sometimes painful symptoms. Our arid Southern Alberta climate can exacerbate these symptoms, as can seasonal allergies (whose symptoms are often confused with dry eye… and vice versa).
Most Canadians will experience dry eye first hand in some capacity, be it a temporary result of medication or surgery, or a result of long-term impacts from dry eye syndrome.
When your eyes are not properly lubricated, be it a result of a lack of tear production or due to the tears being of low quality and evaporating quickly, the resulting condition is called dry eye. It can range from temporary to chronic and is influenced by a variety of factors.
Dry eye has many influences, including:
These symptoms may be made worse due to ambient air quality.
Dry eye is diagnosed via a comprehensive eye exam. Once diagnosed, treatment depends on its severity.
There are several things you can do that will influence the symptoms and severity of dry eye. Try the following:
We design treatment programs for dry eye based on your symptoms, medical history, eye health, and other intangible factors. These treatments include:
If you are experiencing symptoms of dry eye we encourage you to visit our office in downtown Lethbridge and meet with one of our Optometrists. While dry eye can’t always be cured, it can usually be successfully managed and its symptoms controlled.