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Untreated Dry Eyes Can Cause Corneal Damage

Dry eyes can lead to more than just discomfort; if left untreated, they can cause corneal damage. To help ensure you get the help you need, Arc Eye Care has an ocular surface health clinic, which specializes in dry eye therapy.

At Arc Eye Care, we’ll get to the root cause of your dry eyes so we can address the problem directly using a tailored treatment plan, instead of just treating your symptoms.

Do you suspect you might be suffering from dry eyes? Take our dry eye quiz today.

For more information about dry eyes, treatment options, and our ocular surface health clinic, please speak to your optometrist during your next appointment.

Understanding Dry Eye

Dry eye can occur when something goes wrong with your tear production, or the glands that create tears become inflamed. Tear production plays an essential role in preventing dry eye.

Your tears are made of 3 layers:

  • The oily outer layer
  • The watery middle layer
  • The inner mucus layer

We can thoroughly examine your eyes to find a treatment option that addresses your dry eye symptoms.

Who Can Dry Eye Affect?

Dry eye disease can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, or race. However, certain factors can increase the risk of developing this condition, including:

  • Spending a lot of time using digital screens
  • Wearing contact lenses without proper care
  • Using eye makeup daily

Environmental factors can also play a role in the development of dry eye disease. If you’re living in a dry or windy place, you may be more likely to experience dryness and eye irritation due to environmental conditions.

Dry Eye Causes

Dry eyes have two main underlying causes: poor tear quality and inadequate tear volume. Tears keep our eyes lubricated, so when we don’t produce enough tears, or the tears we do produce are of poor quality, it can leave our eyes feeling dry and irritated.

Our tears are made of three main ingredients: mucin, water, and an oil called meibum. Mucin helps ensure our tears spread out evenly over the cornea, the front surface of the eye. Meibum is responsible for creating a thin protective layer on the outside of the tear film, delaying evaporation. The aqueous layer lies in between.

If our tears evaporate too quickly, or don’t spread out evenly, it can lead to dry eyes.

Our tears are produced by a variety of glands both in and around our eyelids. Tear production can be inhibited by a variety of factors, including age, certain medications, and some medical conditions.

Inadequate tear volume can also be caused by environmental factors such as strong winds or smoke, which cause our tears to evaporate more quickly than they should.

Dry Eye Symptoms

Symptoms of dry eyes include:

  • Burning eyes
  • Gritty eyes
  • A foreign body sensation
  • Red or inflamed eyes
  • Blurry vision
  • Tired eyes
  • Increased sensitivity to glare

More Dry Eye Information

Dry Eye Therapy at Arc Eye Care

Tempsure Envi offers dry eye relief with additional cosmetic benefits!

Using a handheld device, we beam radiofrequency into the skin around your eyes. The energy creates a soothing heat that penetrates through the skin, heating your meibomian glands. This helps eliminate blockages and soften the meibum so it flows more easily.

The heat also stimulates collagen production in the skin, helping to tighten excess skin in the eyelids and giving you a brighter, more youthful look.

We also offer meibomian gland thermal treatment through the Tempsure device. Meibomian gland expression is an in-office treatment for meibomian gland dysfunction that warms the meibum to soften it and allows us to gently remove the blockage.

Restasis eye drops are available by prescription and can be used to treat some forms of dry eye. 

Rather than simply supplementing your natural tears, with regular use (twice daily), these eye drops encourage your tear glands to increase your natural tear production. Restasis eye drops can address the underlying cause of chronic dry eye and also reduce inflammation. 

The LidPro by MiBo Medical Group is a small, handheld device used to treat dry eyes caused by blepharitis. 

Blepharitis is a condition that causes the eyelids to become crusty, irritated, and inflamed, which can occur in conjunction with meibomian gland dysfunction. Using The LidPro, we gently exfoliate your lid margins, removing built-up meibum and other debris, and providing long-lasting relief from dry eyes caused by blepharitis. With the LidPro, our team can treat both the upper and lower eyelids. 

If your dry eyes are caused by your tears draining away from the surface of your eye too quickly, we may suggest punctal plugs. The purpose of these devices is to block the ducts partially or entirely. By doing so, the drainage of tears from the eyes is slowed down or stopped, which can help to alleviate dry eye symptoms.

These tiny silicone plugs are inserted into the tiny opening in the inner corner of your eye (the punctum), allowing your eyes to better retain your natural tears.

Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) occurs when the meibomian glands (which produce meibum) become blocked, affecting your eye’s ability to create high-quality tears and leading to evaporative dry eyes. Meibomian gland expression is an in-office treatment for MGD that involves using a hand-held device called the iLux to warm the meibum and soften it.

Once the meibum has been sufficiently softened with heat, the iLux gently compresses your eyelid so the meibum can be expressed, unclogging your meibomian glands.

Do you suffer from dry eyes? Speak to your optometrist during your next appointment to determine which dry eye treatment is right for you.

Cynosure’s Icon™ IPL system is an industry-leading technology that uses intense pulsed light therapy (IPL) to provide patients with a host of beautiful benefits, like improving the look of scars, wrinkles, stretch marks, and pigmentation. Even more impressively, it gently and effectively treats dry eye symptoms.

IPL works by using different wavelengths of pulsating light to target specific areas of your skin. It penetrates deeper than traditional laser therapy into the second layer of your skin, where it’s absorbed by the pigment cells and is converted into heat. This heat softens the oils in the meibomian glands, loosening blockages.

Èyes Are The Story Eye-Safe Make-Up

Your make-up shouldn’t compromise your eye health. Fortunately, we carry Èyes Are The Story mascara and eyeliner, an innovative line of optocosmetics that are safe for even the most sensitive eyes.

Èyes Are The Story’s eye-friendly cosmetics contain formulas built on peer-reviewed scientific research and are rigorously tested before being released. Èyes Are The Story embraces the safest beauty ingredients, refusing to use the toxic ingredients common in mainstream cosmetics so your eyes remain happy and healthy while looking stunning.

Èyes Are The Story’s mascara and eyeliners are safe for:

Our Location

How to find us?

We are conveniently located on the corner of Eglinton Avenue West and Erin Mills Parkway, on the ground floor of the Arc condominium building, across the street from the Credit Valley Hospital. Parking is available at the base of the building. Please contact our office for more information.

To serve you better, we are open late on Mondays – Fridays until 7:00 pm. We also offer Saturday appointments.

We direct bill to most insurance companies, contact us to find out more.

Our Address

2520 Eglinton Ave West
Mississauga, ON L5M 0Y4

Contact Information

Phone: 289-802-4523
[email protected]

Hours of Operations

9 AM3 PM
9 AM7 PM
9 AM3 PM
9 AM7 PM
9 AM3 PM
By Appointments Only

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