Dry Eye Therapy in Bolton & Richmond Hill

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Refresh Your Eyes with Dry Eye Therapy

If you suffer from dry, painful, gritty, irritated eyes, you may have chronic dry eyes. Although it may seem like nothing more than an uncomfortable annoyance, dry eyes can lead to harmful complications if left untreated, such as corneal damage.

At IndividualEyes, we provide comprehensive dry eye testing and personalized solutions to get you back to enjoying clear, comfortable vision. Call us today to book your appointment.

Symptoms of Dry Eyes

The common symptoms of dry eyes include:

  • Stinging, gritty, scratchy eyes
  • Fluctuating vision
  • Burning feeling
  • Feeling of a foreign object in the eye
  • Excess tears (a natural reflex to lacking lubrication)

What Causes Dry Eyes?

Simply put, dry eyes are the result of inadequate eye hydration. This can happen either because your eyes don’t produce enough tears or your tears lack an essential ingredient to work properly. 

Your tears are essential for protecting, lubricating, and nourishing your eyes. When they’re lacking, you can develop sore, tired, dry eyes. This can happen due to several reasons.

Environment

Smoky, dry, arid environments can cause the tear film to evaporate too quickly. Additionally, dry, heated air and air-conditioned rooms can also contribute to dry eye symptoms.

Some medications have ocular side effects that contribute to dry eye symptoms. These can include antihistamines, decongestants, antidepressants, diuretics, blood pressure medications, and more.

Our eyes undergo many changes as we age, which can lead to dry eyes.

Autoimmune conditions like Sjögren’s syndrome, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and scleroderma may cause dry eyes.

Other systemic conditions, like diabetes, a vitamin A deficiency, or thyroid conditions, are also associated with dry eyes.

Inflammatory skin conditions like rosacea and blepharitis can cause dry eyes by affecting the lipid layer of the tear film.

We tend to blink less when working on a computer, making our eyes dry out. This dryness can lead to digital eye strain, which comprises several uncomfortable symptoms associated with using digital screens.

Dry eyes are a common side effect of various laser eye surgery procedures. This side effect is usually temporary.

Hormone fluctuations associated with menopause, pregnancy, hormone replacement therapies, and birth control can all lead to dry eyes.

Many people experience dry eyes when wearing contact lenses. The good news is that there are so many types of contact lenses, you’re likely to find something that will work for you. If you’re considering contact lenses, please give us a call to book a contact lens exam and fitting.

Treating Dry Eyes

Because there are so many different causes of dry eyes, no 2 treatment plans look the same. If you’re looking for relief from your dry eyes, please call us to book an eye exam. 

The best thing we can do is investigate what’s causing your dry eyes so we can provide you with a personalized strategy for treating them.

Our Locations

Richmond Hill

Come by our beautiful Richmond Hill location on Tower Hill Road just down from William Neal Community Park. We’re right between Tower Hill-Bathurst Animal Hospital and Aviva Nails, and there’s lots of parking available.

  • 9-372 Tower Hill Road
  • Richmond Hill, ON L4E 0T8

Bolton

Find our Bolton location downtown in a unique century house on the corner of King Street West and Ann Street, right across from the Lavender Rose Day Spa and down from Tim Hortons. We have reserved parking for our patients at the rear of our building.

  • 23 King Street West
  • Bolton, ON L7E 5T5

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