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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.

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

Dry Eye Therapy at Arc Eye Care

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.

Restasis eye drops are available by prescription and can be used to treat some forms of dry eyes. Rather than simply supplementing your natural tears, Restasis actually encourages your tear glands to increase your natural tear production. It also reduces inflammation.

The Lid Pro by the Meibo Medical Group is a small, hand-held 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. The Lid Pro gently exfoliates your lid margins, removing built-up meibum and other debris, providing long-lasting relief.

If your dry eyes are caused by your tears draining away from the surface of your eye too quickly, your optometrist may suggest punctal plugs. 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.

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: 905.997.2729
[email protected]

Hours of Operations

9 AM7 PM
9 AM7 PM
10 AM7 PM
10 AM7 PM
10 AM7 PM
10 AM3 PM

Our Services

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