Dry Eye Therapy

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What is Dry Eye Disease?

Dry eye disease is a chronic condition, caused by inflammation, that results in your eyes producing either poor quality or not enough tears to adequately lubricate and protect your eyes. A stable tear film is essential for maintaining clear vision, for providing an interface for oxygen exchange, and for flushing away harmful biproducts and allergens.

What Causes Dry Eye Disease?

Dry eyes can occur due to a variety of reasons. We will work with you to determine the cause of your symptoms to manage your condition better.

The most common causes of dry eye disease are:

  • Digital device use
  • Blepharitis
  • Contact lens wear
  • Allergies
  • Hormone changes & menopause
  • Age
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Eye Surgery

Blepharitis is one of the most common causes of dry eye. It is defined as a chronic, inflammatory disease of the eyelids caused by an overgrowth of bacteria living on the eyelid margins and the base of the eyelashes. 

This bacteria results in crusting and inflammation along the eyelid margins and oil glands known as meibomian glands. The damaged glands are unable to secrete sufficient oils to keep the tears from evaporating off the surface of the eye. Untreated blepharitis leads to eye irritation, a foreign body’s feeling in the eye, and chronic dry eye.

  • Gritty, itchy, red eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Burning sensation
  • Foreign body sensation
  • Excessive tearing
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Eye fatigue
  • Contact lens discomfort
  • Difficulty with night driving

Dry Eye Treatment & Management

Treatments include a combination of lubricating eye drops and gels, nutraceuticals, eyelid care, short- and long-term prescription eye drops, and in-office blepharitis therapies.

Lubricating eye drops, gels, and ointments are important to help regenerate injured and inflamed superficial eye tissues. Preservative-free and phosphate-free drops reduce both the risk of damage to the cells on the eye’s front surface and an imbalance of the natural tear film.

Short-term and long-term prescription eye drop treatments are available to combat eye infections, inflammation, and to produce enhanced quality and quantity of tears.

BlephEx™ is an in-office treatment designed to clean the eyelids’ margins and lash line to combat blepharitis.

Using a small, spinning medical-grade sponge, BlephEx™ gently exfoliates the upper and lower lids, removing bacterial debris and biofilm. This treatment helps maintain healthy gland function which alleviates the chronic symptoms of blepharitis, dry eyes, and chronic infections.

I-Lux is a treatment performed in-office that targets meibomian gland dysfunction, a major contributor of dry eye disease. The procedure administers therapeutic heat to the eyelids and then expresses the oil directly from the blocked glands. Once the glands are unblocked, oil easily flows through those glands with every natural blink to hydrate and oxygenate the surface of the cornea. This helps to relieve symptoms of dry eye including tearing, redness and irritation.

Nutritional supplements, including omega-3 fatty acids EPA, DHA, and omega-6 GLA, are recommended long-term management strategies for chronic dry eye disease. They are associated with improving blood flow, reducing inflammation, and increasing the production of tears.



We’d Love to Help!

So, you have dry eyes? The great news is we have lots of treatment options available for you and we are dedicated to helping you make those irritating symptoms more manageable!

Humber Bay Eye Care can provide dry eye therapy for cases ranging from mild to severe. By addressing the underlying issue – inflamed or blocked glands or insufficient tear production – we can find a really effective solution.

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