Dr. Shonah Finlay Doctors Eye Care

Dry Eye Therapy in Grande Prairie

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What Is Dry Eye Disease?

Dry eye disease (or dry eyes) is a common condition affecting approximately 30% of Canadians. It occurs when your tears cannot adequately moisturize your eyes. If you’ve been dealing with its symptoms for months on end, you may have chronic dry eye.

Many do not notice the signs of dry eyes at first, and you may even think they are ordinary parts of everyday life, especially if you use the computer frequently. If you experience any of these symptoms, request an appointment, and our team will help you find the relief you deserve! 

Take the quiz below to see if you’re a candidate for dry eye therapy!

Dry Eye Symptoms

Besides discomfort and irritation, you may experience

  • Red eyes
  • A burning or stinging sensation 
  • Blurred vision
  • Eye fatigue 
  • Light sensitivity 
  • A feeling like something is in your eye
  • Itchy or scratchy eyes
  • Watery eyes

Dry Eye Causes

Dry eyes are typically caused by an issue within your tear film. Your team film has 3 layers, each designed to moisturize and protect your eyes: 

  • Mucous (mucin) 
  • Water (aqueous fluid) 
  • Oil (lipid)

Every time you blink, your tear film spreads across your eye’s surface to clear debris, moisturize, and protect it. Issues arise when there is instability within your tear film. Insufficient tear production or poor quality of tears are the primary causes of dry eyes

Insufficient Tear Production

A lack of tear production is also called aqueous deficient dry eye. As people age, tear production decreases, and many adults over 60 have dry eye symptoms. Tears hydrate your eyes each time you blink, and a lack of production can cause pain.

Poor quality of tears is referred to as evaporative dry eye and is the most common type of dry eye disease. This dry eye variant is affected by the oil layer of your tear film. Oil (meibum) releases from small (meibomian) glands in your eyelids, which prevents your tears from drying out. If these glands become blocked or clogged, tears evaporate quickly, causing inflammation and discomfort. Improperly functioning glands and meibum can cause evaporative dry eye.

While dry eyes are generally caused by an issue with your tear film, there are other reasons issues may develop. Several external factors can contribute to the development of dry eye disease, including:

Dry Eye Treatments 

While there is no official cure for dry eye, our team can help you find long-term relief. Various treatments can help manage your symptoms and make your eyes more comfortable. We can recommend the best course of action during a comprehensive eye examination. 

After your assessment, Dr. Finlay will recommend treatments based on your unique needs. Some treatments available at Doctors EyeCare Grande Prairie include: 

No matter the treatment you receive, our team has your best interests in mind. If you suffer from dry eye symptoms, request an appointment and experience long-term relief. 

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Our Address

  • 11709 102 Street, Unit 107
  • Grande Prairie, AB T8V 7S6

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Clinic Hours

  • Monday: Appointment Only
  • Tuesday: 11:00 AM 8:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: Appointment Only
  • Sunday: Closed

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