Dry Eye Management in South Calgary

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Helping You Find Relief from Dry Eyes

Dry eye disease is a progressive, debilitating condition that can cause significant discomfort and difficulty in performing daily activities. Typically, your eyes produce an adequate amount of good quality tears that keep your eyes lubricated. When your eyes are not making enough tears or the tears they make are low quality, dry eye disease symptoms can occur.

Many different factors, both internal and external, can exacerbate the symptoms of dry eye. Knowing what they are can help you avoid discomfort and seek treatment when necessary.

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The Role of Your Tears

Your tears keep your eyes free from bacteria so they can stay comfortable and free from irritants. They are essential to help you see clearly and can help you communicate your emotions.

The lacrimal glands above each eye produce your tears, and they drain into the puncta, holes in the corners of your upper and lower eyelids. The tears then travel through small canals and empty into your nose, where they evaporate or are reabsorbed.

The tear film is the layer of tears that cover the eyes’ surface and keep them lubricated. The tear film is made up of 3 layers:

  • The oily, outermost layer that prevents the tears from evaporating.
  • The watery, middle layer that keeps the eye hydrated and repels bacteria.
  • The innermost mucus layer that keeps the tear fastened to the eye.

What Causes Dry Eye Disease?

Often, dry eyes are caused by a lack of high-quality tears. However, many different factors can exacerbate symptoms, some of which you may be able to control.

Some common causes of dry eye include:

  • Changes in hormones due to ageing
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Exposure to windy or very dry climates
  • Prolonged exposure to artificial warm or cold air
  • Allergies
  • Laser eye surgery
  • Medications, like antihistamines or antidepressants
  • Long-term contact lens wear
  • Digital eye strain
  • Not blinking enough

Treating Dry Eye Disease

If you are experiencing any symptoms of dry eye disease, you should give us a call for a comprehensive eye exam as soon as possible. We can assess your eyes for what is causing your discomfort and recommend an appropriate treatment to alleviate symptoms and give you relief.

If you have any questions, we encourage you to give us a call so we can answer them to the best of our abilities.

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Visit Us at Calgary Family Eye Doctors

Where is Our Office?

Find us just off Southport Road SW on the west side of Macleod Trail.

Where Can You Park?

There is ample free parking directly outside the professional building.

Our Address

11th Floor, 1125-10655 Southport Road SW
Calgary, AB T2W 4Y1

Contact Information

Phone: 403-225-5660
Fax: 403-225-5927
[email protected]

Hours of Operation

Monday
8 AM6 PM
Tuesday
8 AM6 PM
Wednesday
8 AM6 PM
Thursday
8 AM6 PM
Friday
8 AM4 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

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