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Dry Eyes

Dry Eyes occur when your tear ducts lack in producing the proper amount of tears to hydrate the surface of your eye. This is an essential part in keeping your eyes healthy and having clear vision. 

This condition can be found in anybody, however it is commonly found in 30% of Canadian adults. This condition can result from age, exposure to certain environmental conditions, UV ray exposure, normal blinking problems or medications. 

Dry Eyes can be diagnosed by a Full Comprehensive Eye Exam, but when left untreated it can cause harmful damage to the eyes. This includes: tissue damage, scaring of the sensitive corneal tissue, and impossible to wear contact lenses due to irritation and cause of infection.

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Symptoms

  • Itchy/scratchy/gritty eyes

  • Stinging/burning sensation

  • Eye fatigue

  • Excessive tearing

  • Discomfort when wearing Contact Lenses.

Risk Factors

  • Age 

  • Environmental Irritants

  • UV & Blue light exposure

  • Medications (antihistamines, oral contraceptives or antidepressants)

Dry Eyes can typically be treated in multiple ways. It is important to follow your Optometrist's instructions on how to get the best comfort during the day for your dry eye condition. Although dry eyes may not be able to be fully cured, it can be improved and maintained for the optimal comfort and eye health.

Depending on the severity of this condition, there are different methods to bring comfort to your eyes. We provide holistic approaches to dry eye care with less emphasis on the use of artificial tears and/or medications unless absolutely necessary. 

Dry Eye Testing

Dr. Patel has created his own diagnostic imaging tools to view meibomian glands with the use of a customized infrared camera that allows the analysis of the meibomian (oil) gland structure under your lids. This can help assist in determining treatment decisions. This supplements taking a detailed view of your eyelids and ocular surface to offer treatment options for persistent dry eye.

In house treatments include blepharitis treatment (lid and lash cleanings), meibomian gland expression, lid margin debridement, and tea tree oil treatments for demodex infestations.

If you or someone you knows suffers from dry eyes, contact us to book an appointment. From there a treatment strategy can be determined. All initial testing is covered by Alberta Health Care.

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Meibography and Treatment

Meibography is an effective way to determine the structure of meibomian glands by allowing visible spectrum infrared light to be imaged through a special filter. This device is unique to Dr. Patel and can determine what treatments would be most effective to restore ocular surface health most effectively. Treatment can vary from using warmth to promote the production of new oils and loosen thickened meibum, to more advanced gland expression techniques, Lid and lash debridement (microblepharoexfoliation), tea tree oil treatments for demodex infestations,medications to help with severe dryness, or lastly, supplemental artificial tears for severe dryness. Click here for or more details about Dr. Patel's own imaging device.