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Dry Eye Clinic

Dry eye discomfort caused by treatable eye conditions. Visit a dry eye clinic to learn more.

 

Symptoms: Red, burning, itchy eyes Excess watering Inflammation Light sensitivity Gritty/Sandy Feeling Blurry Vision Eye fatigue

Dry eyes can cause a variety of symptoms, including irritation, burning and even the feeling that there is something in your eye. More and more people are turning to dry eye clinics for relief. There are many causes of dry eyes, including some types of medications (like antihistamines that dry everything out), computer eye strain, vitamin deficiency (Vitamin A or Vitamin B2), old age, environmental factors like outdoor air conditioning and high heating indoors during winter.

There are also treatable conditions that can cause dry eyes such as Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD), Blepharitis, and dry eye disease.

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Although it is estimated that 30% of Canadian’s experience ocular symptoms associated with dry eye, it is not well understood by most people and is left untreated.

If you suffer from chronic or temporary dry eyes caused by any number of conditions, a visit to your Optometrist may provide relief.

Dr. Sam Dhaliwal and Associates has three locations across Edmonton. Visit one of our optometrists to diagnose the cause of your dry eye and get the right dry eye treatment.

Dry eye treatments offered at our clinics include three cutting edge systems:

  1. LipiFlow
  2. Eye-Light (IPL) Treatment
  3. Low-level Light Therapy
  4. Blephex Treatment

Dry Eye Clinic’s LipiFlow treats Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD)

The LipiFlow activator is inserted into the eye at our dry eye clinic.

 

Insulation protects the cornea while an intelligent pressure feedback loop sends pulsed sequences to expel blockage and stagnant material from the gland. The vaulted design protects the delicate structures of the eye from both heat and pressure.

Who is this for? 86% of dry eye patients suffer from a condition called Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD). The meibomian glands are located in the upper and lower eyelids, and MGD occurs when there are changes to the amount or quality of the oil being produced and reaching the surface of the eye.

The most common type of MGD happens when the gland openings get clogged and stop producing oil, and chronically clogged glands result in severe dry eye symptoms. If left untreated, MGD can cause serious eye problems.

Even without symptoms present, you could be in the early stages of dry eye disease. We recommend checking the health of your glands during your normal eye exam.

How does it work? A series of testing will be performed including LipiScan, a meibomian gland imaging technology. After the blockages have been identified we will prescribe a LipiFlow treatment.

 

Watch this cross-section of the LipiFlow activator to better understand how it works.

LipiFlow is designed to remove blockages in the meibomian glands, allowing them to properly express the oil needed for the tear film.

The system at our dry eye clinic applies low heat to soften the hardened oil while also delivering a gentle massage to express the blocked glands and restore gland function. The blockages will most likely be treated.

About LipiFlow

About LipiScan

When the glands are able to resume oil production and start to release oils to coat the eyes, this will almost immediately help reduce dry eye symptoms.

LipiFlow has been clinically proven to help relieve the discomfort associated with this common condition without surgery or injection. It’s effective because it works on all types of meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). In fact, LipiFlow has been shown to reduce MGD pain levels by 72% after just one treatment.

Eye-Light (IPL) Treatment at Dry Eye Clinic

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy originally comes from dermatology where it has been used to treat a variety of common skin conditions such as rosacea, pigmented skin, as well as for skin rejuvenation. New studies have shown that IPL can be extremely effective in managing meibomian gland disorder (MGD) and dry eye disease.

IPL treatment is done in 3 to 4 sessions scheduled approximately 1 to 2 weeks apart, the sessions last about 10 minutes and are quite comfortable. Results are usually seen by the second or third treatment and some patients see greater results when IPL is combined with other treatments.

Dry Eye Clinic Offers Low-level Light Therapy (LLLT)

Low-Level Light Therapy (LLLT) that helps treat the meibomian glands by applying an intense light to the periorbital (the area around the eyes including the eyelids and upper cheekbones) and gently warms the skin. This helps the meibomian glands to unclog hardened oil, restores gland function, improves tear stability, and many patients report dramatically improved eye comfort.

LLLT has proven effective at treating dry eye disease. LLLT uses specially designed LED lights to gently warm up the eyelids, causing the meibomian glands to unclog and release oils. It’s safe and non-invasive. There is no recovery time, side effects, or discomfort and this is safe for both adults and children.

Blephex Treatment for Blepharitis at Dry Eye Clinic

Blepharitis is a common eye disease that causes inflammation on the base of the eyelashes. Symptoms can range from mild to severe and include red, irritated, itchy eyelids and your eyelids can stick together (in the morning). It’s caused by a bacteria that lives on the edge of your eyelid. Some of these germs are normal and are part of our normal biology. However, sometimes they can grow too quickly and interfere with normal tear production. When left untreated, the toxins they extrude can even make their way down your meibomian glands and interfere with tear production resulting in severe dry eye syndrome.

About Blephex

The BlephEx treatment cleans away this bacteria and provides immediate relief. It’s an in-office procedure at one of our dry eye clinics that allows us to take an active role in treating dry eye and blepharitis by removing excess bacteria, biofilm and bacterial toxins. With regular treatment, our patients finally enjoy a life free from the chronic and irritating symptoms associated with dry eye and blepharitis.