During the last year and a half the way we work has changed, leading to an uptick in how much time we all spend on the computer. Working all day on screens can lead to eye fatigue and dry eyes because when we do this kind of work for a long period of time, our blink rate slows. Extended time between blinks means our tears are exposed to air for longer, giving them more of a chance to break up. Screens aren’t the only thing contributing to the rise of dry eyes. Your age, your health, certain eyelid conditions, spending time in dry environments, extended periods of mask-wearing, and certain medications can also lead to dry eyes. Dry eye is a disease of the eye surface where the components of our tear layer have come out of balance, resulting in eye surface inflammation and damage.
You might be experiencing dry eye if you are dealing with blurry vision, tired eyes, eyes that burn, feel gritty, or are constantly watering. If you are unable to tolerate wearing contact lenses, it could mean you have dry eye. Over time dry eye can lead to inflammation and problems with the eye’s surface. If you think you might have dry eye, then we have solutions for you because we have expanded our office to include a new Dry Eye Treatment Clinic!
You can book a Dry Eye Assessment with your Doctor of Optometry. The optometrist will determine the cause of your dry eye and create a treatment plan tailored to your individual needs. Our Dry Eye Assessments include collecting special measurements that customize your treatment plan. One of these measurements tells us how much tear film you have and the quality of your tears. Your Doctor of Optometry will also check the health of your eyelids and glands and consult with you about your needs. You will receive your results and a customized treatment plan to alleviate your dry eye condition.
Kyle, our friendly and knowledgeable dry eye treatment expert will take very good care of you during your treatments. Kyle is a Canadian Certified Optometric Assistant who works closely with the optometrists to complete each step of your treatment. He can answer any questions you may have along the way. Kyle operates all of our cutting-edge, specialized equipment and will ensure you have all of the essentials you need during your treatments. Be sure to watch this space because in October we will take a more in-depth look at our specialized devices what cool things they can do to care for your peepers.