While everyone experiences dry eyes once in awhile this condition is especially common during our harsh Saskatchewan winters. However, chronic dry eyes can be a real problem, and can negatively impact your day to day life.
Here at Warman Eye Care we do our best to keep your eyes happy and healthy. That is why we are equipped to help diagnose and treat chronic dry eyes. If you think you might be suffering from dry eyes request an appointment today.
We will not only determine if you have dry eyes but also why your eyes are dry and what the most effective treatment is for you. We will also happily answer any questions you have and offer helpful advice on minimizing your symptoms. Warman Eye Care is also proud to offer direct billing, making it easier than ever for you to begin treatment for dry eyes.
Some symptoms of dry eyes include:
Dry eyes can be caused by many different things including environmental conditions, medical conditions, age and some medications. All of these things can affect tear production. Our eyes use tears for a variety of things including clearing away debris and keeping our eyes lubricated. Dry eyes occur when your eye is either unable to produce enough tears or produces poor quality tears.
Tears keep our eyes clean and lubricated. The body produces tears so that our eyes can remain comfortable and moist. However, sometimes the body doesn’t make enough tears and this can leave your eyes feeling dry and irritated.
In addition to water your tears are also made up of an oil called meibum. Meibum is important because it keeps your tears from evaporating too quickly. If your tears don’t contain enough meibum then your eyes won’t be sufficiently moist.
Dry eyes can occur when the glands that produce meibum become clogged, or can’t produce enough meibum to meet your eye’s needs. If you don’t have enough meibum your tears evaporate too quickly, so while your tear glands may be producing enough tears your eyes are not kept sufficiently lubricated.
Sometimes conventional treatments are not enough to relieve your symptoms. If this is the case you may want to consider some of our in-clinic treatments or a surgical procedure. Severe dry eye disease symptoms can be reduced using procedures such as a membrane overlay.
If you have tried conventional treatments such as the ones listed above but still experience dry eyes please request an appointment with us to discuss further treatment options.
There are many effective ways to treat dry eyes. We will be happy to discuss them all with you and help you determine which treatment is best for you.
Over the counter artificial tears, are solutions designed to mimic the properties of your naturally occurring tears. Artificial tears offer relief from dry eye symptoms on a short term basis and come in a variety of formulas tailored to suit different dry eye symptoms.
Just like artificial tears, medicated eye drops offer immediate relief from the symptoms of dry eyes. However, medicated eye drops, like Restasis do more than mimic your natural tears.
They also stimulate natural tear production, and can offer a long term solution to your dry eye symptoms. Medicated eye drops are only available on a prescription basis, so you will need to request an appointment with your optometrist.
A warm compress can do wonders for tired, achy eyes. The soothing warmth not only feels great, it can also stimulate tear production and increase meibum flow. Microwavable masks are also easy to use, and can offer a convenient way to relieve your dry eye symptoms.
Sometimes we need to go deeper to find a solution for dry eyes. Omega 3 fatty acids are crucial to the production of meibum. If you aren’t getting enough Omega 3 in your diet your body may not be able to produce enough meibum to keep your eyes lubricated. This can cause your tears to evaporate too quickly.
You can increase your Omega 3 fatty acid consumption two ways: through supplements or dietary changes. Fish such as salmon, tuna and mackerel are an excellent source of Omega 3 fatty acids. Not a fish fan? Ground flaxseed is an excellent source of Omega 3, and can be added to a variety of foods.
Warman Eyecare is worth the visit! Stop in to say hi, and to meet our staff. We’re down the street from the high school on Klassen Street and 6th Avenue, directly behind the Tim Hortons.
|Monday:||8:00 AM - 5:00 PM|
|Tuesday:||NOON - 8:00 PM|
|Wednesday:||8:00 AM - 5:00 PM|
|Thursday:||NOON - 8:00 PM|
|Friday:||8:00 AM - 5:00 PM|
|Saturday:||Closed, but we’d be happy to see you at Stonebridge Eyecare!|