Port Moody Eye Care Centre
221 Ioco Rd Port Moody BC V3H 4H2 (604) 469-8428
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Dry Eye Treatment

Port Moody Eye Care Has the Key to Dry Eye Relief

Dry, sore, stinging eyes are such a distraction. You want to enjoy and appreciate the world around you, but your discomfort is too overwhelming! Dry eye is an incredibly common condition, and it’s more than just an annoyance. Left untreated, dry eye could cause serious eye problems like corneal ulcers, and could even have a long term impact on your sight.

The Root Cause of Dry Eye

The explanation behind dry eye is somewhat intuitive. Your eye needs lubrication to function properly, and this lubrication comes in the form of tears. When your eye does not make enough tears, the eye is not properly lubricated and becomes uncomfortable.

It isn’t always a case of quantity, though. Often, the eye makes the appropriate amount of tears, however, there isn’t enough oil in the tears. In this case, the tears evaporate too quickly from the surface of the eye, leaving the eye without proper lubrication.

Dry Eye Symptoms

Obviously, sufferers of dry eye experience dry, irritated eyes; but the symptoms are a little more complicated than just that. Many patients experience particularly watery eyes for short periods of time, or sticky, stringy eye discharge. Eyes may feel gritty, sore, and fatigued as if the eyelids are being weighed down. Often, these symptoms are accompanied by episodes of blurry vision.

Port Moody Eye Care is Committed to Diagnosing and Treating Your Dry Eye

At Port Moody Eye Care, we believe that the proper equipment is key to monitoring and maintaining healthy eyes. That’s why we use the iPen to help us diagnose dry eye. The iPen tests and measures the quality of your tears, helping us decide which course of treatment is the right one for you. It’s just one of the many ways we use technology to put our patients first.

Finding Relief Through LipiFlow

LipiFlow takes dry eye diagnosis and treatment to a new level. Through this revolutionary technology, we can determine the exact source of your dry eye symptoms, and provide longer-lasting relief without the use of drops or other prescriptions.

LipiScan

LipiScan is a highly advanced diagnostic tool that gives the most detailed diagnosis possible through high-definition imaging. This remarkable technology empowers us to analyze a 3-dimensional image of your meibomian glands in a non-invasive way. By making the most accurate diagnosis, we can recommend the most effective course of treatment for your eyes.

LipiFlow

LipiFlow is a revolutionary in-office treatment designed to improve tear quality and treat dry eye symptoms with a patient’s own tears.

Your tears require a special oil called meibum to prevent them from evaporating too quickly. If the meibomian glands become blocked or dysfunctional, the tears do not get the appropriate level of meibum. This is called meibomian gland dysfunction.

LipiFlow treatments are deployed by a device called an activator; a mask that applies gentle pressure and very precise heat to the eyes. This combination of warmth and pressure softens the meibum and helps facilitate expression of the meibomian glands.

This treatment allows patients to enjoy relief from their dry eye symptoms for up to two years without the use of eye drops or other medicated products.

Other Treatment Methods

Although many don’t consider dry eye to be a serious medical condition, it certainly can be. Without treatment, your eyes could sustain serious damage. There are a number of treatments available; ask your doctor which treatment might work best for you.

Artificial Tears

These over the counter eyedrops function the same way natural tears do. Although they will provide temporary relief for your symptoms, they will not have any impact on the cause of your dry eye.

Lacrisert

Lacrisert is a small, solid tablet that is inserted between the eyeball and the lower eyelid. As the day progresses, the tablet slowly dissolves into a gel, providing long-lasting lubrication for the eye. Much like artificial tears, this treatment does not solve the problem causing your dry eye, but it does relieve your symptoms. It is important to wash your hands before inserting your lacrisert and avoid rubbing your eye. The tablet is quite small, so you should not feel it after a few moments.

Prescription Eye Drops

There are some medications that actually stimulate your eye’s natural tear production. These medications come in eyedrop form, and will not only relieve your dry eye symptoms; they will work to resolve the underlying issue causing your dry eye. These medications are not available over the counter and will require a doctor’s prescription.

Come See Us

Visit our office across from Port Moody City Hall in the Heritage Mountain Plaza, Right next to Shoppers Drug Mart.

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260-221 Ioco Rd
Port Moody, BC V3H 4H2

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