December marks the time of the year where our furnaces and car heaters kick into full gear. These sources of heat tend to create a dry environment at home, in the car and at work – dry eye season is upon us.
Dry eye disease affects anywhere from 5 to 30% of adults, with women over 50 having the highest prevalence. The symptoms include burning, gritty or red eyes, blurred vision, excessive tearing, reduced tolerance to reading and computer work, and reduced contact lens comfort.
The eye is made of some of the most sensitive tissue in the human body yet it is exposed to the wind, grit, dust and allergens of our environment. What keeps it comfortable is an important coating called the tear layer. Any deficiency in volume or quality of this tear layer causes a breakdown in this protective coating and leads to the symptoms mentioned above. Without this protective shield, even simple contact with air becomes an irritation.
Two years ago eyeDOCS launched our specialized Dry Eye Clinic in order to provide an increased level of attention and care to our patients suffering from dry eye disease. By dedicating more time and resources to the problem, we are in a position to better diagnose the underlying cause of an individual’s dry eye disease and develop a treatment and management plan tailored to provide the maximum effect.
Thankfully, dry eye disease has gained much attention on an international scale in recent years and many treatment options are now available. Our optometrists will work with you to identify and implement the best treatment plan for you.
Speak to your optometrist about your dry eye issues. They will refer you to our Dry Eye Clinic where a thorough evaluation of your condition will be carried out and optimal treatment will be initiated.
Dr. Eric DesGroseilliers graduated from the University of Montreal’s School of Optometry in 1996 and obtained a Bachelor of Science, Summa Cum Laude, with honours in Molecular Biology from the University of Ottawa in 1992. Dr. DesGroseilliers joined eyeDOCS in 1996 and became partner in 1998. For more information about Dr. DesGroseilliers and his specialized interests relating to optometry, click here.