If your eyes are often irritated or red, you may be suffering from dry eye syndrome.
Saskatoon’s year-round dry and windy climate tends to make dry eyes worse - as does wearing contact lenses or spending a lot of time in front of a computer. Symptoms of dry eye syndrome include:
a gritty sensation or feeling that something is in your eye
bursts of excessive watering
blurry vision that comes and goes, or clears when you blink
difficulty wearing contact lenses comfortably
Dry eye occurs when your body doesn’t produce enough tears, or produces tears that are of poor quality.
At your eye examination (which you can book here) we can assess your tear film and recommend a custom treatment plan to make your eyes feel better.
Uncovering the cause of your dry eye starts with a review of your health history and current medications. Your doctor at Vista Eyecare will then look with a high-powered microscope at your tear film and related structures. He or she may also use special dyes or other tests to help determine the type and severity of your dry eye.
Depending on your test results, your treatment plan may include:
lubricating eye drops, gels, or ointments
nutritional supplements such as omega-3 fish oil
eyelid exfoliation to open plugged oil-secreting glands
eyelid hygiene products
plugs to temporarily or permanently stop your tears from draining away
medicated eye drops such as Restasis or Xiidra that are available by prescription only
different contact lenses