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Looking For An At-Home Dry Eye Treatment?

The most commonly recommended at-home dry eye treatment is a warm compress. These can be very effective at treating dry eye, and enjoyable as well.

In the following video, Dr. Holtom shares a few types of warm compresses and how to use them.

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Our Eye Doctors Can Help With Your Dry Eye!

Dry eye syndrome can be a real hassle! Red, dry, itchy, watery, or gritty-feeling eyes can make it hard to see comfortably while you’re just trying to get through your day. And in extreme cases, dry eyes can even cause long-lasting damage to your eyes and vision! Don’t let dry eye syndrome get you down. Visit us to see more clearly and comfortably today!

What Is Dry Eye Syndrome (DES) And How Can We Help?

Our tears nourish and lubricate our eyes so that we can see clearly and comfortably throughout the day. DES is an eye condition usually caused by insufficient or poor-quality tears, that leaves the eyes feeling dry, itchy, red, sore, and gritty.

While dry eye syndrome is getting to be more and more common, few people know that it can cause permanent damage to their eyes. Severe dry eyes can cause infections and scarring that can begin to affect your vision over time.

Fortunately, our eye doctors, Dr. Jason Holtom and Dr. Tedra Kindopp, have almost 20 years of experience helping patients overcome their dry eye symptoms and see more clearly and comfortably than ever before. They understand what causes dry eyes, and what it takes to beat it.

Learn About the Most Common Cause of Dry Eye
Dry eye diagram in Red Deer

Why Do I Have Dry Eyelids and Dry Eyes?

When working with our eye care patients, we’ve found that the vast majority of cases happen because of blocked oil glands in the eyelids — a condition called meibomian gland dysfunction or evaporative dry eye. Even so, there are lots of other causes of dry eye, including:

Gender – If you’re a woman, you’re a lot more likely to have dry eyes. This often happens because of hormonal changes related to contraceptives, pregnancy or menopause.

Age – If you’re over 50 years old, you’re at increased risk of DES.

Auto-immune disorders – Sjogren’s disease and arthritis, among others.

Environment – dry wind, dry air and dry climates can evaporate the tears. Home and car heaters, air conditioners, fans and hair dryers also cause tears to evaporate.

Medication – Many common medications taken for depression, high blood pressure, or other conditions may cause DES as a side effect.


Do I Have Dry Eye Syndrome?

If you routinely experience dry, gritty-feeling, watery, red, or itchy eyes, you may be suffering from dry eye syndrome. The best way to know for sure is to stop by your local eye care centre for an eye exam.

We proudly offer state-of-the-art eye care technology that allows us to get to the root of your dry eye symptoms to determine their cause and the best possible dry eye treatment options for you.


Find Lasting & Effective Dry Eye Treatment

Each and every one of our patients receives individualized attention, so that we can get to know them and their eye care needs. This allows us to understand exactly what we need to do to help treat their dry eye issues and help them start to see more clearly and comfortably.

We offer a range of dry eye treatments, so a dry eye exam is essential so that we know where to start. Prescription drops like Restasis or Xiidra may help relieve inflammatory tear deficiency, while mild cases of dry eye may benefit more from non-prescription treatments like heat masks, lid scrubs, gland debridement, artificial tears, or punctal plugs.

We've been providing dry eye care for patients since 2005, so if you have any questions, feel free to ask. We're happy to help!


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FAQ: I Want to Know More About Dry Eye Syndrome and Dry Eye Treatment

medical-plus medical-plus How can my watery eyes be dry eye syndrome?

While it might seem weird, watery eyes are actually a very common symptom of dry eye. Irritation due to dry eyes can cause your eyes to produce too many tears. However, because these tears aren’t the right type to lubricate your eyes, they don’t help your eyes feel any better hydrated. Instead, your eyes water excessively.

medical-plus medical-plus How do I cure my dry eyes permanently?

Unfortunately, there isn’t any permanent solution for dry eye disease. However, topical steroids, punctal plugs, and other treatment methods can help address symptoms and help you see more comfortably and clearly. For more information, visit our Dry Eye Treatment Page.

medical-plus medical-plus Are gels, ointments, & artificial tears effective dry eye treatments?

For your eyes to stay healthy, you need to make sure that they always stay properly hydrated. If your eyes are too dry for too long, eye abrasions and erosions can result in ulcers on the eye and reduced vision. While most people with dry eyes reduce discomfort by using lubricants, drops, and ointment, the relief is only temporary and doesn't address the root problem. Contact us for effective and lasting dry eye treatment today.