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Find Relief from Dry Eyes at Calgary Optometry Centre

Dry eyes are no fun. They’re irritating, uncomfortable, and scratchy. And worst of all, they can be caused by nearly anything.

30% of Canadians suffer from dry eye symptoms. Luckily, help is available! At Calgary Optometry Centre, we can treat your dry eyes to help you feel refreshed and comfortable.

What Is Dry Eye Disease?

Dry eye disease happens due to a lack of tear production or tears that evaporate too quickly.

There are numerous causes of dry eyes, including medications, hormonal changes, aging, laser eye surgery, and digital eye strain.

Tears are made of 3 essential layers:

  • A mucus layer that holds the rest of the tears on the eye. It’s made in the conjunctiva (or the white of the eye).
  • A watery layer, which makes up the majority of the tears. This layer, made in the lacrimal glands, keeps the eye clean.

An oily layer, which keeps the surface of the eye smooth and stops tears from falling onto the face. This layer is made in the meibomian glands. Meibomian gland dysfunction is a common cause of dry eyes.

Dry Eye Symptoms

Dry eye disease is characterized by symptoms like:

  • Stinging or burning eyes
  • Blurred vision, especially when reading
  • A scratchy or gritty feeling, like something is in the eye
  • Strings of mucus in or around the eyes
  • Red or irritated eyes, especially when in the wind or around smoke
  • Contact lens discomfort
  • Counterintuitively, excess tear production

If you’re suffering from dry eyes, allow us to find a treatment that works for you.

Treatment Options

Options to treat dry eyes include:

  • Artificial tears
  • Medicated eye drops
  • Punctal plugs
  • Using a humidifier or avoiding air conditioning

More involved treatments can be offered by our optometry team, too. Please visit us to see how we can find relief for your dry eyes.

Serving Calgarians at 3 locations

Calgary Downtown

  • Suite 110, 840 7 Avenue SW
  • Calgary, Alberta T2P 3G2

*All offices are closed at lunch

Lake Bonavista

  • #630, 12100 Macleod Trail SE
  • Calgary, Alberta T2J 7G9

*All offices are closed at lunch

Huntington Hills

  • 6530 4 Street NE
  • Calgary, Alberta T2K 6H2

*All offices are closed at lunch

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