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What you should know about Computer Vision Syndrome

Dry Eye Syndrome and Treatment in Edmonton

Do you find yourself frequently reaching for eye drops to soothe dry, itchy, irritated eyes? You’re not alone. You may be one of the millions of Canadians who suffer from dry eye syndrome. Although seemingly harmless, severe dry eye can lead to significant inflammation and even corneal ulcers if left untreated. 

Fortunately, the optometrists at Optometrists’ Clinic Inc. in Edmonton can perform a comprehensive eye exam to diagnose and treat dry eye to help you see more clearly and live more comfortably. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

What’s Dry Eye Syndrome?

Tears are necessary for maintaining healthy eyes and providing clear vision. Dry eye occurs when your tear glands don't produce enough tears or your tears evaporate too quickly.

What Causes Dry Eye?

Various factors can contribute to dry eye, including being outdoors in the wind and sun, spending lots of time in air-conditioned or heated rooms, staring at a computer screen for hours and wearing contact lenses for too long. Dry eye can also be triggered by certain medications, like antihistamines, oral contraceptives and antidepressants.

Who’s At Risk?

Although dry eye can affect anyone at any age, it’s most common in people over 50, as tear production tends to diminish as you get older. Dry eye is also more common in people with certain diseases, such as diabetes, arthritis, allergic conjunctivitis, thyroid disorder and Sjogren’s syndrome.

The Symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry eye symptoms can range from minimal, occasional discomfort to constant irritation. Common signs of dry eye include:

  • Burning, stinging, or scratching eyes

  • Excessive tearing and discharge

  • Blurred vision

  • Sensitivity to light

It’s estimated that about thirty percent of Canadians experience dry eye symptoms.

Diagnosing and Treating Dry Eye

If you have occasional or mild dry eye symptoms, your optometrist may recommend non-prescription eye drops called artificial tears. If your symptoms persist, you may be given prescription eye drops or anti-inflammatory medication.

Your optometrist may also suggest making changes to your daily life. These recommendations may include placing warm compresses on your eyelids to reduce inflammation, increasing the humidity level in your home or limiting your use of digital devices. They may also recommend taking a dietary supplement, like omega 3, which has been shown to reduce the inflammatory impacts of dry eye. Your optometrist will work with you to come up with a treatment plan that works best for you.

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Contact Us to Treat Dry Eye in Edmonton

If you think you may be suffering from dry eye, the optometrists at Optometrists’ Clinic Inc. can help. We’ll conduct a comprehensive eye exam to understand the cause of your symptoms and suggest effective treatment options. We also carry a wide selection of eyeglasses and contact lenses. We’re happy to serve you from five locations in Edmonton, Westlock and Leduc. Contact us today to set up an appointment.

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