At Varley Optometry, we try our best every day to provide the best eye care in Markham and the surrounding community.
Many individuals suffer from dry eye or chronic dry eye syndrome. Most of the time, a dry eye issue is caused by poor tear quality and quantity. It can also be caused by an eyelid disorder.
Varley Optometry offers various treatments to help our patients resolve their severe dry eye issues. Your optometrist will evaluate and work with you to decide the best treatment for dry eye.
There is one form of dry eyes that results due the amount of tears being produced. In this case, there are not enough tears being produced to keep your eyes moist.
If you are suffering from dry eye due to low tear quantity, our optometrist will check for any systemic symptoms or diseases, such as arthritis or dry mouth. They may also prescribe one or more of the following treatments:
Restasis is an anti-inflammatory medication that helps to increase tear production. Each of your eyes bears its own tear gland that produces tears. The glands can get inflamed, causing a decrease in the output of tears. Restasis helps your tear gland regain its function and can be used on a long-term basis, with few side effects.
Your lower and upper eyelids each have a small hole at the corners that are called puncta. The puncta are a part of your eyes’ natural tear drainage. Similar to putting a stopper in a sink drain to contain water, the puncta can be blocked with punctal plugs (inserted by the optometrist during your visit), helping the tears remain longer in your eyes.
Another conventional treatment that can be used for dry eye caused by reduced tear quantity is artificial tears. Artificial tears will help remedy the lack of tears in your eyes, and can come in the form of ointments, gels or liquid drops.
If you are suffering from dry eye due to poor tear quality, our optometrist will recommend various treatments to improve your oil gland production and help your tears stay in your eyes longer.
Azasite is a drop that is used for treating an eyelid margin disease. It can be used for any infections of your eyelids and will help your oil glands function properly.
To keep tears from evaporating, you can wear special goggles to prevent your eyes from being exposed to any drying environments. Some patients notice that sleeping with an eye mask and turning off any ceiling fans in their homes may help with dry eyes.
Varley Optometry Eye Center might prescribe you an anti-inflammatory medication that is taken orally to help with your eyelids, such as Minocycline or Doxycycline to treat your dry eyes. Another treatment is to use omega-3 fatty acid supplementation. The fatty acid is found in a fish and flaxseed oil.
Some patients who have had LASIK may experience dry eyes as a result. For some patients, it may last a few months, and may be chronic for others. If you are having problems with dry eyes, visit Varley Optometry where we can help you restore moisture and comfort in your eyes.