3 Ways to Ease the Symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome

3 Ways to Ease the Symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome

Do you suffer from dry eye syndrome? Our qualified Calgary optometrists offer comprehensive dry eye care to restore the comfort and clarity of your vision.

A common vision condition, dry eye syndrome occurs when your eyes don’t produce enough tears, or the tears evaporate too quickly. While in most patients, the symptoms are quite mild, more severe cases can lead to discomfort, pain and complications such as:

  • Red eyes
  • Blurred or unclear vision
  • Dry/sore eyes
  • Burning sensation in eyes

In many cases, dry eyes can be managed successfully by a qualified optometrist, resulting in noticeably greater eye comfort, sharper vision, and fewer symptoms of discomfort.


Our Calgary Optometrists Offer Comprehensive Treatment For Dry Eye Syndrome

At Blink Eyewear, our Calgary optometrists can provide comprehensive eye exams and dry eye care to help diagnose and relieve symptoms of this eye condition. In doing so, our team can help restore the health, clarity, and comfort to your vision as soon as possible.

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3 Main Types of Treatments For Dry Eye Syndrome

If you are suffering from the uncomfortable symptoms of dry eye syndrome, then you must book an eye exam with your Calgary optometrist. He/she can help determine the cause and severity of your case and provide the appropriate treatment.

There are 3 main types of treatments available for dry eye syndrome, including:

  1. Artificial Tears: For milder cases of dry eye, typically caused by activities such as computer use, the best treatment could be the daily use of artificial tears. These over-the-counter eye drops are available in a wide variety of ingredients and provide different degrees of lubrication.

  1. Prescription Eye Drops: Your eye doctor may recommend that you use prescription eye drops, such as Restasis, instead of OTC artificial tears for treatment of your dry eyes. Unlike artificial tears, these prescription eye drops reduce inflammation and lubricate your eyes to keep them comfortable.

  1. Punctal plugs: Punctal plugs are a safe and effective dry eye treatment that help your tears remain on the surface of the eye for longer periods of time. This device is inserted into the opening of your tear-drainage ducts so that tears can no longer drain away through them. This will keep your eyes moist and relieve any redness or irritation.


Contact Lenses and Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry eye syndrome is a common issue for both contact lens wearers and non-wearers and the good news is that dry eyes doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to lenses! A qualified optometrist can help you find lenses that work for you so you won’t suffer from any dryness or discomfort.

When selecting the right contact lens for dry eye sufferers, there are 3 main factors to consider:

  • The water content of the lens shouldn’t be too high or too low. Your optometrist may suggest a water content of 38% as this will allow your eyes to breathe without drying them out.
  • Soft contact lenses are better for patients with dry eyes compared to rigid gas permeable lenses. This is because soft lenses are made from special polymers that allow them to hold water for longer.
  • Hydrogel contact lenses tend to be one of the very best options for patients suffering from dry eye syndrome, so make sure to talk to your optometrist about this option.



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To find out more about how our qualified Calgary eye doctors can help diagnose and relieve the symptoms of dry eye syndrome and help restore the comfort and clarity to your vision, visit one of our three branches, Crowfoot (67 Crowfoot Terrace NW, T3G 4J8), West Springs (1009 873 85 St SW, T3H 0J5) or Creekside (12192 Symons Valley Rd NW, T3P 0A3).

Alternatively, you can contact our team at our Crowfoot Branch (403-547-5417), West Springs (403-242-0999) or Creekside (403-516-2292).

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