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What is Dry Eye?

Up to 30% of Canadians experience dry eye symptoms at any given time. Dry eye occurs when your eyes do not receive sufficient lubrication; your body does not produce enough tears, or the quality of the tears it does produce is low.

Dry eye may be intermittent, seasonal, or ongoing.

Dry Eye Symptoms

Dry eye can be hard to pin down at first because some of its symptoms mimic other eye conditions.

Symptoms of dry eye include:

  • Dry eyes
  • A burning sensation, especially when you close your eyes
  • Inability to produce tears when crying
  • Poor vision quality
  • Red eyes and eyelids
  • Eye fatigue, heavy eyelids
  • Slimy mucus around the eye
Dry Eye Causes

Dry is caused by one of two things: lack of tears, or tears of poor quality that evaporate too quickly.

Insufficient Tear Production

  • Aging
  • Medical conditions (notably, diabetes)
  • Medications
  • Surgical eye procedures, including laser refractive surgery
  • Restricted tear glands (inflammation, physical damage)

Tear Evaporation

  • Environmental conditions, such as haze, smoke, poor air quality, lack of humidity, or wind
  • Staring intensely at an object for long periods of time (working at a computer, reading a book, etc.)

Diagnosing & Treating Dry Eye

To obtain a diagnosis all that is required is a general examination, though we may test for tear quantity and quality.

Symptom Management

Management of dry eye is dependent on the cause. Depending on the cause of your dry eye, treatment may take weeks or months to show positive change.

Treatments include:

  • Eye drops – artificial tears, anti-inflammatories, antibiotics, or corticosteroids
  • Medications that stimulate tear production (may be taken orally or applied as eye drops/gels)
  • Oral medication or antibiotics
Tips to Help Relieve Symptoms Dry Eye

Most people will experience symptoms of dry eye at one point or another during their lifetimes. Many people find varying levels of relief by making some small lifestyle and behaviour changes, including:

  • Following the 20/20/20 rule when using digital displays – Every 20 minutes look at something 20 feet (or more) away for 20 seconds. This reduces digital eye strain and may assist in relieving your dry eye symptoms
  • Frequent blinking – Given that the cause of dry eye is poor lubrication, blinking more frequently can help prevent symptoms from developing; if you have poor quality tears, this may only have limited effectiveness
  • Look at other causes, such as medications – Some medications, such as birth control, antihistamines, antidepressants, and others can have side effects that mimic the symptoms of dry eye
  • Supplementing omega-3 fatty acids into your diets – Certain foods – such as many types of fish – contain omega-3 fatty acids. Studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids can improve tear production and quality.
Some Medications Can Cause Dry Eye

When looking for the cause of your dry eye, a good place to start is by assessing any medications you are taking. Many medications – including antihistamines – can cause dry eye symptoms as a side effect.

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GBOC Testimonials

  • I appreciate Dr. Anna Dionisio and her staff. I am a long time patient with eye complications and always, on a whim, have flare-ups. I could not ask for better care and compassion from Dr. Dionisio and her team. She never turns me away and always has time to see me. I highly recommend her, and commend her on her work as an Optometrist.

    Gail Grech, Wasaga Beach

  • My husband and I both suffer from serious vision and eye health problems. Dr. Anna Dionisio has proven to be an invaluable resource in identifying the latest procedures and products to assist us, and has gone above and beyond in the personal care she and her staff have extended to us. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone seeking a smart, dedicated and caring Optometrist.

    Mrs. Mary Ranta, Wasaga Beach

  • I appreciate Dr. Anna Dionisio and her staff. I am a long time patient with eye complications and always, on a whim, have flare-ups. I could not ask for better care and compassion from Dr. Dionisio and her team. She never turns me away and always has time to see me. I highly recommend her, and commend her on her work as an Optometrist.

    Gail Grech, Wasaga Beach

  • My husband and I both suffer from serious vision and eye health problems. Dr. Anna Dionisio has proven to be an invaluable resource in identifying the latest procedures and products to assist us, and has gone above and beyond in the personal care she and her staff have extended to us. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone seeking a smart, dedicated and caring Optometrist.

    Mrs. Mary Ranta, Wasaga Beach