Dry Eye Treatment
Are you suffering from red, itchy eyes? This may signal that you have dry eye syndrome, one of today’s most common eye conditions. In more cases than not, dry-eye related symptoms, such as soreness, discomfort, and irritation, are chronic. Whether your condition is temporary or you’ve had it for a while, you should seek professional help — as the condition is likely to worsen when left untreated.
If you suspect that you may have dry eye, contact us for a professional consultation. Dr. Bruce Butts, OD at Edmonton Dry Eye Clinic offers effective and lasting treatment for those with mild to acute dry eye syndrome.
Diagnostic Equipment And Tools
For Dry Eye
At Edmonton Dry Eye Clinic, we use advanced diagnostic equipment and tools to quickly and accurately diagnose the cause and type of dry eye you are suffering from. The results enable us to provide you with the most effective and personalized treatment for soothing and lasting eye comfort.
Dr. Bruce Butts, OD can prescribe a variety of drops or other procedures designed to provide immediate and long-lasting relief for dry eye syndrome.
What Is Dry Eye?
Below, are the most common symptoms experienced by those with dry eye syndrome. You may routinely experience them, at specific times of the day, or under certain conditions.
- Excessive tearing
- Dry, irritated, or red eyes
- A burning sensation
- Soreness or sensitivity
- A gritty or pasty feeling in the eyelids
- Crusty or gunky eyes
- Blurred vision
What Causes Dry Eye?
Dry eye syndrome can have several causes, many of which are listed below.
- Infrequent blinking
- Poor tear quality and quantity
- Environmental factors & irritants
- Meibomian Gland Disorder
- Blepharitis; an inflammation of the eyelids
- Age and gender; women over 50 being the most susceptible
- Contact lenses; may contribute to drying the eyes
- Certain medical conditions
- Specific medications
- Lifestyle choices
How Can I Improve My Lifestyle To Prevent and Treat Dry Eye Syndrome?
There are many ways to treat dry eyes. We recommend that you prevent dry eye symptoms before they begin and address lifestyle factors that may be aggravating an existing condition.
Blink a lot, drink plenty of fluids and avoid eye irritants. Maintain a healthy lifestyle with a focus on vitamins like Omega 3. Make sure to use lubricating eye drops if you are taking medication that puts you at risk for dry eyes. Over the counter eye drops for dry eye are widely available.
When in front of a computer or looking at a digital device over a long period of time, make sure to take a 20-second break every 20 minutes to look at an object 20 feet away.
Exposure to air conditioners, dry climates, chemical fumes, wind, and smoke, all contribute to dry eye. Wear sunglasses (ideally wraparound frames) when facing the windy outdoors, and increase the humidity in your home and office by using a humidifier. Lastly, if you smoke, dry eye relief should be yet another reason to consider quitting.
First and foremost, make sure you drink plenty of a lot non-caffeinated or alcoholic of fluids in order to keep your body hydrated, as your hydration levels have a direct impact on the eyes. Women require roughly 8-9 cups of water per day, whereas men need around 13 cups. In hot and dry climates, insufficient water intake can directly contribute to a reduced supply of tears. Coffee and alcoholic beverages, which have a dehydrating effect, don’t count as fluid intake.
Healthy diet and Omega 3
A healthy diet is essential for maintaining optimal health. Omega 3 fatty acids have been shown to help maintain good vision and eye health, as well as decrease dry eyes symptoms.
Fish and flax are good natural sources of Omega 3 fatty acids, and are available in tablet/supplement form. There are supplements specifically made for dry eyes. These usually consist of Omega 3 with DHA from flaxseed oil, and include vitamin C, vitamin E, Vitamin B6, magnesium, and a variety of other vitamins specifically formulated for patients with this eye condition.
Contact Us for Dry Eye Relief
If you’re seeking relief for your dry eyes, Dr. Bruce Butts, OD can help. Edmonton Dry Eye Clinic serves patients from Edmonton, Sherwood Park, Leduc , South Edmonton Region, and throughout Alberta.