Dry Eye Treatment
Dry eye disease is chronic condition caused by inadequate quality and quantity of the tear film.
There are two kinds of dry eyes: aqueous deficient and evaporative dry eyes. Aqueous deficiency occurs when your tear glands do not produce an adequate amount of tears.
Evaporative dry eye occurs when there is an inadequate amount of the oily lipid layer in the tears.
This leads to the fast evaporation of tears from the ocular surface. Patients may also have a combination of both aqueous deficient and evaporative dry eye.
Symptoms and signs of Dry eye disease
- Burning and stinging
- Tired eyes
- Heavy eyes
- Watery eyes
- Blurred/fluctuating vision
- Difficulty opening eyes in the morning
- Red eyes
- Foreign Body sensation
At Bramalea Optometric Clinic we provide many treatment options for patients suffering from dry eyes including:
- Preservative free artificial tears
- Steroid drops
- Hot compresses (Bruder mask/I relief)
- In-Office Eyelid cleansing and debridement treatment
- Manual Meibomian gland expression
- I-Lux in-office treatment
- Omega 3 supplements
ILUX treatment is a procedure which involves placing smooth pads both on inside and outside of the eyelid, warming the eyelid via the application of light, and expressing blockages within the eyelid via the application of pressure. This procedure is performed in office and takes about 40 minutes. This combination of heat and pressure allows for the natural oils of the tear film to be restored.
Lid Cleaning and Debridement
Some dry eye patients also suffer from blepharitis. Blepharitis is a condition caused by debris, and oil residue accumulating at base of lashes and eyelid margin leading to inflammation of eyelid and exacerbation of dry eyes. Our doctors perform ZEST in-office cleaning and debridement of the eyelids to reduce inflammation around the eyes. This is coupled with a home treatment with Zocuwipes which contain an anti-inflammatory okra-based components that gently remove debris and dirt from the eyelids and reduce inflammation.
Manual Meibomian Gland Expression
Many evaporative dry eye patients suffer from Meibomian gland dysfunction–a condition that results in meibum (the oily material in the tear film) not being secreted properly from the glands. Our doctors perform in-office Meibomian Gland Expression by applying pressure to the eyelids to express the glands and squeeze out the oils/meibum. This procedure usually takes about 15 minutes. It usually involves heating the eyelids using a warm compress then using special paddle-like instruments to compress the upper and lower lids, respectively. It is usually performed in conjunction with Zest treatment.