Dry Eye Therapy in Vaughan

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Assess Your Dry Eye Symptoms

Dry eye syndrome can be irritating, frustrating, and just plain annoying—and it’s common, affecting roughly 30% of Canadians. To properly assess your symptoms and the severity of your dry eyes, we use specialized diagnostic technology. 

Dry eyes can make it more difficult to perform some activities, such as using a computer or reading for an extended period. And it can decrease tolerance for dry environments, such as an air-conditioned office.

Once we’ve determined what you need, we can proceed with a personalized treatment plan.

What Is Dry Eye Disease?

When the eye does not produce tears properly, or when the tears lack the correct consistency and evaporate too quickly, you may have dry eye disease

The components of your tear film (your tears) must cooperate to keep your eyes adequately lubricated. The layers of the tear film each have a distinct responsibility: 

  • Mucin layer: the inner mucus layer keeps the tear film fixed to the eye.
  • Aqueous layer: the watery middle layer hydrates and nourishes the eye. 
  • Lipid layer: the oily outer layer prevents your tears from evaporating too quickly and keeps the eye’s surface smooth.

When these layers malfunction, dry eye symptoms appear.

Dry Eye Symptoms

There’s no denying that dry eyes are seriously uncomfortable. Your symptoms may appear in the following ways: 

  • Stinging or burning sensation in the eye
  • Sandy or gritty feeling in the eye
  • Excessive watering following dry eye periods
  • Stringy discharge from the eye
  • Pain and redness in the eye
  • Blurred vision
  • Heavy eyelids
  • Inability to cry when emotionally stressed
  • Contact lenses feel uncomfortable
  • Difficulty reading, working on the computer, or any activity that requires sustained visual attention
  • Eye fatigue

Dry Eye Causes

Dry eyes can be caused by a variety of factors, including:

  • Aging
  • Blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelids)
  • Environmental factors (pollution, weather)
  • Extended computer use resulting in digital eye strain
  • Hormonal changes
  • Refractive surgery
  • Alcohol
  • Certain medications, including hormone replacement therapy, antidepressants, birth control
  • Certain systemic conditions or diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, thyroid issues

How Foresee Eyecare Can Help

We acknowledge that dry eye syndrome is a chronic condition that requires addressing all components of the ocular surface. We want to bring you relief. Foresee Eyecare offers various in-office and at-home remedies tailored for each patient’s needs.

At-Home Strategies

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Some studies have found that omega-3 fatty acids can help maintain healthy vision. These mighty nutrients are found in fish oil and are easily packaged as supplements. We stock high-grade PRN Omega-3 supplements for your convenience.

Omega-3 fatty acids support our bodies in so many ways, including vision.

Bruder Moist Heat Eye Compress masks are a natural way to alleviate dry eye symptoms. These masks use their patented MediBeads that continuously absorb and store water molecules from the air. When heated, the absorbed water converts into soothing moist heat.

The moist heat helps unclog the meibomian glands (oil-producing glands), which slows tear evaporation for immediate relief. This is particularly important with evaporative dry eye conditions to keep eyes naturally lubricated.

Your eyes will thank you with benefits like:

  • Replenish Moisture
  • Refresh Eyes
  • Relieve Dryness
  • Reduce Inflammation
  • Improve meibomian oil production
  • Safe for frequent use
  • Self-hydrating, no need to add water
  • Anti-bacterial and non-allergenic
  • Washable and reusable

Preservative-free artificial tears and eyelid wipes are designed to provide temporary relief from irritation, wateriness, and burning.

Some types of artificial tears can be used as needed throughout the day to help keep your eyes moist and comfortable. Eyelid wipes can be used to help manage the effects of dry eye by removing excess oils, bacteria, and debris from your eyelids.

In-Office Treatments

MiBo Thermoflo

MiBo Thermoflo is a therapeutic medical device providing a safe and effective remedy for dry eyes. It uses gentle heat to help break down hardened lipids and oil in the eyelid glands. The device is placed over the eyelids with ultrasound gel, then gently massages deep into the tissue.

This treatment can provide immediate relief, lasting benefits—and it’s often reported to be both healing and relaxing for the patient.

Advances in technology have shown the medical industry that there are many uses for intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments. IPL was approved for use in the optometry world to treat meibomian gland dysfunction and dry eye disease. Your optometrist will apply strategically placed pulses of light that will target the cause of inflammation in your eyes, breaking down hardened oils and freeing the glands in your eyes. The procedure is highly effective in treating dry eyes, it is gentle, and safe.

The procedure is highly effective in treating dry eyes and offers the following benefits

  • It manages dry eye symptoms by treating the root cause
  • The process is safer & more gentle than laser treatments
  • There is no downtime after the procedure
  • Treatment is quick, taking only 10 minutes

IPL treatment can also offer aesthetic benefits as the treatment can tighten collagen in the skin and treat skin conditions such as age spots, redness, fine lines, & wrinkles. 

Using a radiofrequency (RF) laser helps to reduce dry eye symptoms and treat meibomian gland dysfunction, the leading cause of dry eyes. As an added bonus, RF has been used to reduce wrinkles under the eyes in the aesthetic industry, so you may experience tighter skin after your dry eye treatment.

ZEST (Zocular Eyelid System Treatment) is a product designed to help with eyelid debridement and relieve dry eye symptoms. ZEST is like a deep shampoo that helps to remove bacteria and debris with gentle exfoliation of the lids.

The ZEST gel has refined okra extract to lift and clear oils. Using a clean cotton swab, your doctor will gently apply the gel in a circular motion, working the gel into a lather. Once the procedure is finished, your doctor will cleanse the treatment area with saline solution.

You should notice a difference fairly quickly. ZEST can help your eyes look and feel their best.

Visit Us for a Dry Eye Exam

Don’t let your dry eye symptoms affect your vision and lifestyle. We can help you find the relief you need and set you up with a workable and customized solution.

Location

Our office can be found off of Major MacKenzie Drive West in the same lot as the Medical Centre and Tim Hortons. The location of our office is 965 Major Mackenzie Dr. West, Units 3 & 4.

Our Address

  • 965 Major Mackenzie Dr. West, Unit 3 & 4
  • Vaughan, ON L6A 4P8

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Clinic Hours

  • Monday: 9:00 AM 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM 7:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM 3:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM 4:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

Friday is by appointment only.

*Please note: we are closed on Saturdays of long weekends and holidays.

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