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Dry Eye Therapy in Downtown Woodstock

Don’t Let Dry Eye Interfere with Your Life

Dry eye syndrome is an irritating condition which can leave your eyes feeling tired and uncomfortable, but it doesn’t have to take over your day and steal your concentration. In fact, many people who are affected by dry eye can struggle with productivity at work, or be hit with a constant sensation of fatigue, even straight after a full night’s sleep.

While dry eye can be profoundly irritating and distracting, many people will neglect their symptoms, assuming that things will clear up on their own. By having your eye health examined by the independent optometrist operating within Woodstock Vision Care – Dr. Kassam – you will only lose an hour of your day to find out exactly what is causing your discomfort.

It’s a very common condition that affects around 30% of Canadian adults. Accordingly, high quality and accessible treatments have been developed, depending on the severity of your symptoms.

Possible Symptoms

Dry eye sufferers can experience anywhere from one or two to many of the following symptoms. If you notice any of them persisting, it’s worth getting a proper diagnosis.

  • Burning sensation around the eye
  • Tiredness
  • Itchy or red eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Grittiness in the eye
  • Struggling to keep your eyes open
  • Watering eyes

Causes

Quite often it is caused by your environment: dry or recycled air can whip moisture from your eyes, and low-humidity environments can trigger the condition. Other possible causes include:

  • Side effects from medication (such as birth control or antihistamines)
  • Meibomian gland dysfunction
  • Smoking, or poor diet
  • Allergies
  • Skin diseases which target the eye or eyelid

Your Exam is Quick, Non-Invasive and Useful

Your Exam is Quick, Non-Invasive and Useful

The Exam

An independent optometrist at Woodstock Vision Care will carefully examine your eyes, paying careful attention to signs of dry eye. By using advanced imaging equipment, they can differentiate between dry eye and other similar conditions, as well as help pinpoint whatever has triggered the disease.

Treatment Options

There are a variety of treatment options available, depending on the type and severity of your symptoms. In general, treatment will aim to lubricate your eye as this is the main cause of discomfort. Warm compresses and eye drops help reduce symptoms for the majority of people.

If your symptoms aren’t so easily managed, there are tear-inducing eye drops or even punctal plugs, which are small devices used to obstruct the drainage passage from your eye, thus maintaining lubrication.

In some cases, corticosteroid cream may be be applied to the eye, as well as advanced treatments like LipiFlow and IPL. The optometrist will discuss all of these options with you at length, as appropriate.

Best Practices

Since the air can play a large role in inducing dry eye, you can make simple lifestyle adjustments to help limit its impact. Try using a humidifier to keep the office air from drying out your eyes, or wearing sunglasses when out in the wind. If you can also drink lots of water and eat fluid-rich foods, your body’s overall hydration will help you out.

Take Our Dry Eye Pre-Screening Quiz

What Causes Dry Eye

Dry eyes are caused by two main factors: inadequate tear volume and poor tear quality. Our eyes depend on a healthy and balanced tear film to stay lubricated. When we aren’t able to produce enough tears or the tears we do produce are poor quality, our eyes become dry and irritated.

Tear Drop Illustration Inadequate Tear Volume

Inadequate Tear Volume

Our bodies produce tears using several different glands located in and around our eyelids. As we age, our eyes aren’t able to produce as many tears as they once did, which can cause dry eyes. Some medical conditions and medications can also impact tear production.

Environmental factors can also cause dry eyes. Even if we can produce enough tears, dry air or windy weather can cause our tears to evaporate too quickly.

Tear Drop Illustration Poor Tear Quality

Poor Tear Quality

Tears are made up of three main ingredients: meibum (a type of oil), water, and mucin. Meibum is the outer tear layer, forming a thin protective barrier and preventing our tears from evaporating too quickly. Mucin helps our tears spread evenly across the surface of our eyes, protecting our corneas. If our tears evaporate too quickly, or our tears are not uniformly distributed, it can result in dry eyes.

We Are Here to Help

If you’re experiencing uncomfortable dry eye symptoms, we want to help you find relief. Don’t let the irritation impact your day-to-day any longer. Come see us!

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Services We Offer

Regular eye exams are a vital part of ensuring your vision remains healthy and vibrant for years to come. Woodstock Vision Care is ready to evaluate your eye health and ensure your prescription is up to date.

Visit Us

We are conveniently located in downtown Woodstock on Dundas Street at the end of Perry Street. (nestled between Coffee Culture and Crabby Joes). Come pay us a visit!

Our Address

  • 419 Dundas St
  • Woodstock, ON N4S 1B8

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Clinic Hours

Monday
9am - 5pm
Tuesday
9am - 5pm
Wednesday
9am - 5pm
Thursday
9am - 6pm
Friday
9am - 6pm
Saturday
9am - 3pm
Sunday
Closed
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