Combat Dry Eye Disease To Keep Your Eyes Refreshed
We don’t think of our eyes that often throughout the day–until there’s a problem with them. If you’ve ever experienced the burning, itchy, uncomfortable sensation of dry eye, you’ll know what we mean.
However, we can help manage your dry eye symptoms with personalized solutions! Book an appointment with Birring Eyecare to discuss your dry eye concerns.
What is Dry Eye?
Dry eye disease is exactly what the name suggests—when your eyes don’t produce enough tears or produce poor quality tears, it leaves the surface of your eye with less lubrication than is needed.
Dry eye is fairly common in our country, affecting about 30% of Canadians.
Understanding Your Tears
Your tears, and tear film, have a vital function besides expressing sadness or joy. The tears that are present all the time are called basal tears. They keep the surface of the eye clean, smooth, and protected. (Fun fact: those emotional tears have added hormones and proteins not found in basal tears.)
Your tear film has three layers:
- An inner mucus layer that keeps the whole tear film fastened to the eye.
- A watery middle layer (the thickest layer) keeps the eye hydrated, repels bacteria and protects the cornea.
- An outer oily layer to keep the surface of the tear smooth for the eye to see through, and to prevent the other layers from evaporating.
Any disruption to your tears can throw the balance off, causing dry eye symptoms and discomfort.
The symptoms of dry eye disease are irritating and can interfere with your vision. They include:
- A stinging, burning or scratchy sensation in your eyes.
- Stringy mucus in or around your eyes.
- Sensitivity to light.
- Eye redness.
- A sensation of having something in your eyes.
- Difficulty wearing contact lenses.
- Difficulty with nighttime driving.
- Blurred vision or eye fatigue.
Some people are surprised to learn that a symptom of dry eye disease can be watery eyes. Excessive tearing may be a response to the irritation of dry eyes.
Relief is readily available and comes in many forms. Get in touch with your neighbourhood ocular providers at Birring Eyecare to discover the right dry eye treatment for you.
Artificial Tear Supplements
Artificial tears, offered as drops, can ease dry eye symptoms, especially if the root cause is environmental or due to ageing or medication. Talk to your optometrist to see what type of artificial tears can help with your dry eye.
Omega-3 supplements are not only good for your heart, but they can help alleviate dry eyes. A study of over 32,000 women showed that an increase in omega-3 fatty acid intake helped reduce dry eye symptoms. So grab a supplement or up your intake of fish for eye comfort!
Warm Compress Eye Mask
Bring relief to your dry eyes with a warm compress. A warm compress eye mask can add moisture, relieve pain, and potentially loosen any blockages in the glands that produce the oil layer of your tears.
Cynosure® Radio Frequency Treatment
Cynosure® offers a radiofrequency treatment that’s been effective in treating dry eyes. The warmth of the radio frequency used may loosen buildup or blockages in the glands around your eye, allowing tears to flow more freely. It has the added bonus of being used as an anti-ageing treatment, as well.
Proper lid hygiene can help provide dry eye relief. This at-home treatment is easily achievable with the use of a clean, warm washcloth and gentle soap.
Come & See Us
Find us in the Malton neighbourhood’s Westwood Square Shopping Centre, 10 minutes north of Pearson International Airport on Goreway Drive between Etude and Morning Star Drive, just off Highway 427 in Mississauga.
- 46-7205 Goreway Drive
- Mississauga, ON L4T2T9
- Phone: 905.677.9164
- Fax: 905.677.5044
- Email: [email protected]
Hours of Operation
- Monday: 11:00 AM- 6:00 PM
- Tuesday: 11:00 AM- 6:00 PM
- Wednesday: 11:00 AM- 6:00 PM
- Thursday: 11:00 AM- 6:00 PM
- Friday: 11:00 AM- 6:00 PM
- Saturday: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- Sunday: Closed
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