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Dry Eye Therapy

You Don’t Have to Live With Dry Eye

Dry eye is a very common condition; so common, in fact, that many people don’t even realise it is a condition. Lots of patients think having dry eyes is just part of life and carry on in discomfort. You don’t have to do this. Dry eye is an actual medical condition with a number of effective treatments.

Want to get rid of dry eye? Book an appointment with us. We’ll test your tear production and osmolarity; determining the best way treat your eyes and restore comfort to them.

What Causes Dry Eye?

Chronic dry eyes can occur as the result of two different things:

Your eyes need tears to function properly. Tears are responsible for moisturising, lubricating, and cleaning the eye. When the body doesn’t make enough tears, the eyes start to dry out and cause discomfort.

Tears are largely made of a solution of water and oils. The oils create a tear film which keeps the tears from evaporating too quickly. If the glands that secrete these oils become blocked or don’t function properly, the tears evaporate too quickly; leaving the patient in discomfort.

The following factors could increase your risk of experiencing dry eye:

  • Certain medications
  • Age (particularly age over 50)
  • Hormonal changes
  • Smoky environments
  • Allergies
  • Rosacea
  • Blepharitis

iLux

86% of patients with dry eye have evaporative dry eye (i.e. meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) as a component of their condition) many of these conditions won’t fully improve without some component of in-office therapy

Tear film innovations recently launched a new in-office treatment for MGD called iLux. This device allows better visualisation of the blocked orifices and expressed meibum before and during the treatment. An LED based heat source warms the inner and outer lids to a therapeutic temperature range. The clinician then applies compression to express the melted meibum.

The iLux procedure can be customised to the patient’s needs by adjusting the degree and duration of compression needed at each location.

Dry Eye Symptoms

Dry eye symptoms go much deeper than just dry, irritated, and burning eyes. Some patients actually experience periods of excessive tears or stringy discharge. Eyes can sometimes become red and sensitive to light. It’s not uncommon for patients to report the sensation of having something stuck in their eye.

The I-PEN® Tear Osmolarity System

This small device detects and indirectly measures the quality and amount of natural tears for a quick and easy diagnosis of mild, moderate, and severe dry eye disease. Get reproducible, accurate, and reliable results in less than 5 seconds per eye with single-use sensors. This cutting edge ocular technology gives Shaughnessy Optometry a diagnostic advantage for successful dry eye management and treatment.

Treating Dry Eye

We carry a number of dry eye treatments to relieve your symptoms and help you enjoy clear, comfortable vision. Book an appointment with us. We’ll run some tests, pinpoint the exact reason for your particular case of dry eye, and prescribe the best treatment for you.

BlephEx

Blepharitis is an inflammatory condition affecting the eyelids. When this inflammation affects the meibomian glands, it prevents them from secreting the oils your tears need to work effectively, causing dry eye. BlephEx is an in-office eyelid cleaning system designed to treat blepharitis, and by extension, dry eye.

BlephEx treatments are quite simple. The small handheld device features a small spinning micro sponge. We’ll gently apply the micro sponge to your eyelid, cleansing and sloughing away dead skin cells and other debris. BlephEx treatments work best as a regular part of your eye health routine. Ask us if BlephEx treatments are right for you.

Read more about blepharitis and BlephEx.

Lid debridement

Mechanical debridement/scaling of the lid margin removes keratin from the gland orifices. Debridement on its own provides statistically significant symptom relief and improvement in meibomian gland function. The technique can have a synergistic effect when combined with all the treatments that truly heat or express the glands such as iLux.

Visit Our Shaughnessy Location

We’re located on Oak Street, just across the street from Emily Carr Public School and beside the Easter Seal house. Stop in, take a look around our office, and say hello; we’d love to meet you. Our patients have access to free street-level parking in our parking lot adjacent to the Royal Bank.

Address

3955 Oak Street
Vancouver BC, V6H 2M7

604.677.4100

Hours

Monday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday: Closed

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