Do you experience dry, scratchy, burning eyes, redness or pain, a gritty feeling like something is in your eye? Or perhaps, excessive tearing, blurred vision, eye fatigue or discomfort wearing contact lenses? There could be a number of causes for your symptoms including allergies, reactions to an irritant or medication or an infection. You could also have a chronic condition called Dry Eye Syndrome.
It’s estimated that one out of every eight adults suffers to some extent from dry eye syndrome, which can range from mild to severe. Despite the fact that it is one of the most common eye problems, a surprisingly large percentage of patients are not aware of it.
Your eyes need a layer of tears to lubricate the surface and keep the eyes comfortable, clean and clear. These tears also wash away particles, dust and bacteria that can lead to infection and eye damage. Dry eye syndrome occurs when there is a chronic lack of lubrication on the surface of the eye either because not enough tears are being produced, the quality of the tears is weak or they evaporate too quickly. This causes the common uncomfortable symptoms including:
There are a number of factors that can increase your risk of suffering from Dry Eye Syndrome. While some of them are inherent, there are some environmental factors that can be changed to reduce your risk or symptoms. Risk factors include:
If you have dry eyes, you don’t need to suffer. There are a number of treatment options that can help, depending on the severity and cause of your condition, which can reduce symptoms and enhance your comfort.
Treatments for dry eyes can include non-prescription or prescription eye drops, omega 3 supplements, special lid therapies, punctal plugs, ointments, different contact lenses, goggles or ergonomic changes to your work station. Speak to your eye doctor to discuss the cause of your dry eye and the best remedy for you. Even when it comes to the seemingly straightforward treatments like over-the-counter eye drops, they aren’t all the same. Different ingredients are tailored towards different causes of dry eye.
If you are experiencing the symptoms above, schedule an appointment with your eye doctor to find out the best solution for you.
Do you experience dry, scratchy, burning eyes, redness or pain, a gritty feeling like something is in your eye?
On May 4th Nuvue Optometry will begin to re-open and provide essential eye care services. We will be providing a limited number of comprehensive examinations for patients who need a prescription and for eye health concerns (macular degeneration, cataract, glaucoma, etc.). Your safety is of the upmost importance and we are completely changing how we deliver optometric care to minimize physical contact.
The following procedures will be effect.
Routine examinations could still be postponded at this time. We request that if any patient feels ill, they should stay home. Initially, the office will be open Monday through Thursday from 10am to 3pm.
Drs. Brad & Devin Almond and the caring staff of Nuvue Optometry
We understand this may be a burden for you, however the health and safety of everyone is paramount to move forward.
Thank you for supporting our local business during this difficult time. Local businesses in Kelowna need you now more than ever. Thank you for being patient, and for continuing to choose Nuvue Optometry for your eye care.
Drs Brad and Devin Almond and the caring staff of Nuvue Optometry