Get the Relief You Need
We know how uncomfortable and debilitating dry eye symptoms can be, and we are here to help you find the best solution for lasting relief.
All of our dry eye treatments are tailored to each of our patient’s unique needs, symptoms and lifestyles. If you’d like to learn more about the potential relief that dry eye therapy offers, contact us for a consultation!
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.
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 can include artificial tears and gels, oral supplements, short- and long-term prescription eye drops, and eyelid 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.
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.