Dry Eye Syndrome

Proactive testing is key to prevention and treatment of Dry Eye Syndrome.
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Do your eyes sometimes feel excessively dry? Perhaps with a slight stinging or scratchy sensation? It's possible you're experiencing Dry Eye Syndrome. This problem generally occurs when the tear glands don?t produce the required quantity or quality of tears. This is due to chronic lack of moisture in the eye. This may weaken vision and can even lead to eye infections if not cured. Common symptoms include: dry, scratchy, itchy, painful or stinging eyes; a heightened sensitivity to light; redness; blurry vision; a feeling like there is a speck of dirt or "foreign body" in your eyes; excessive tearing or stringy discharge from the eyes or; increased discomfort after watching television or reading.

CAUSES of dry eyes

Some common causes of dry eye syndrome include the following: Aging? as we age our tear production is decreases. Hormonal changes- Dry eye affects more women than men because hormonal changes can decrease tear production. Contact lenses? Regular use of contact lens also cause dry eyes. All the tears in the eyes are absorbed by the soft contact lenses, which float on the tear film that covers the cornea. Medications? Many medications such as antihistamines, antidepressants, birth control pills, nasal decongestants and prescription acne drug Accutane decrease tear production Medical conditions? Systemic diseases, such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and Sjogren?s syndrome, may lead to dry eyes Not Blinking Enough ? Not blinking enough during activities such as watching TV and computer use may also result in dry eyes. Each time you blink, it coats the eye with tears. We normally blink about every 12 seconds. Some studies indicate that people who regularly played computer games blinked their eyes just once or twice in three minutes.

dry eye Treatment

There are many ways to treat dry eye. The most common treatments for dry eye syndrome include: Eye drops? Eye drops lubricate the eye, relieving many of the symptoms of dry eyes. Eye drops may be prescribed by your doctor if needed. Fish Oil ? Omega-3 fatty acid nutritional supplements are also recommended for people with dry eyes. Punctal plugs ? Your eye doctor can insert silicone plugs into the tear ducts, preventing tears from draining out. This allows tears to lubricate the surface longer. Restasis ? For chronic dry eyes Restasis (cyclosporine ophthalmic emulsion) is the only prescription product. This drug helps to increase the tear production which may be decreased due to inflammation on the eye surface, as approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2002. Heat pack - for some light cases of dry eye, simply stimulating the ducts to open and produce tears by applying heat to the eyes using a warm (not hot) bean bag or other heat pack to the eyes for 15 minutes before bed time can also help with dry-eye syndrome.

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Forma-I is a Health Canada certified treatment to address the symptoms of dry eye disease caused by Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD). It is intended for use in the periorbital area and eyelids and relieves inflammation of meibomian glands and eye irritation. This is an innovative nonsurgical procedure that delivers bipolar radio-frequency (RF) technology to smaller, more delicate sub-dermal layers. Designed with unprecedented ocular safety, the small size applicator, precision RF depth control, and intelligent temperature monitoring, ensure a safe non-drug alternative for dry eye and MGD sufferers.


Forma-I feels like a warm massage in the eye area, improving blood circulation. By directly treating the periorbital region and eyelids, Forma-I can help you achieve more defined characteristics while alleviating other issues such as red burning itchy eyes. Heat is delivered during the procedure to ‘melt’ the oils clogging your glands, and pressure from the movement of the applicator allow for the oils to be expressed. The small size applicator and precision RF depth control allow for treatment in the small and delicate eye area


All treatments are performed right in your physician’s office. As a result, there is no general anesthesia, no incisions, or downtime that is associated with excisional interventions. Most clients find the treatments very comfortable. Your eye care provider will discuss in detail with you the specifics of your customized treatment plan and how it will address your individual condition.


Lumecca is the most powerful intense pulsed light (IPL) designed to treat pigmented and vascular lesions. Lumecca, with the Lumecca-I adaptor, uses photothermolysis, which provides a photo-facial through the delivery of a comfortable light treatment. IPL has been FDA approved for more than 15 years to remove superficial skin lesions. Increasingly, it has been shown to have a positive effect on tear film characteristics and patients with dry eyes.


Lumecca, with the Lumecca-I spot-size adaptor, creates tissue heating which helps to reduce inflammation. During treatment there will be a bright flash of light and a sensation on your skin that feels like a light snap from an elastic band. Redness and a slight warming of the skin are normal after treatment and usually subside within an hour.


These treatments are recommended for patients who are seeking non-invasive
procedures to address their symptoms. The small size applicators allow for treatment in the small and delicate eye area. These are very safe and effective procedures that can be used on all skin types and skin tones.

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