Dry eyes can cause irritating symptoms, like burning or stinging, redness, grittiness, or the constant feeling that something is in your eye. Other than being annoying and painful, dry eyes can also lead to infections and other serious eye issues if left untreated.
Tears are essential for protecting, nourishing, and maintaining your eyes’ health and comfort and providing you with clear vision. Dry eyes occur when you don’t produce enough tears, or the chemical composition of your tears is of poor quality. When your eyes don’t have enough tears, the corneal nerves can become exposed, which causes pain and irritation, especially while blinking.
While dry eyes are chronic, there are many reasons why they may develop in the first place. These include:
Environment: Hot, dry houses during the winter, dry, air-conditioned homes in the summer, windy or smoky environments, or arid climates can cause dry eyes.
Medication: Some medications have a side effect that causes dry eyes. These include antihistamines, antidepressants, decongestants, diuretics, and hormone replacement therapies.
Age: As we age, our eyes change. Some patients may experience reduced tear production, and, subsequently, dry eyes.
Gender: Women tend to be more susceptible to dry eyes, especially those who are pregnant or over the age of 40.
Skin and eyelid disorders: Inflammatory skin disorders like rosacea, infections, and inflammatory eyelid disorders can all affect the tear film’s lipid layer, leading to dry eyes.
Dry eyes can be diagnosed during a regular, comprehensive eye exam. The best treatment option for you depends, ultimately, on the root cause of your dry eyes. Although there are many treatments and therapies available, we will be able to determine the cause and develop a personalized treatment plan for you during your next eye exam.
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Where to Find Us
You can find us on the corner of Colborne Street and Kaiser Crescent.
This was an initial visit. My wife wanted a second opinion since she was having some problems. The staff were friendly and efficient. The Dr. was thorough and great to deal with. Answered all of her questions and treated her completely differently than the optometrist that we have been going to for years. Amazing what an efficiently run business with pleasant people can do for your faith in service providers! There are still a few out there believe me! Thanks!
What a great friendly environment, with 1st class service and cutting edge technology. If “eyes” are important, and they are, then this is THE PLACE!!
I have been going here since their last location (20+ years). Have always been treated very well. Doctors are very knowledgeable and will help you. Excellent service and willing to go the extra mile.