Toronto dry eye exam and treatments, offering Lipiflow, Intense Pulse Light (IPL) and Radiofrequency (RF) therapy
At some point, nearly everyone experiences the uncomfortable feeling of dry eyes. However, for some, it may become an ongoing condition that requires treatment. At Richmond University Vision Care we offer management and treatment options for those who suffer from frequent dry eyes.
What is Dry Eye?
Dry eye, also known as ocular surface disease, is a common condition that occurs when your eyes do not produce enough lubrication. Fatty oils, water, and mucus create a complex mixture that helps to maintain a healthy surface for your eyes to provide you with clear vision.
The cause of dry eyes can be varied. Tear production may decrease as a result of the natural aging process, hormonal changes, environmental conditions, inflammation, medication, and other medical conditions.
Common symptoms of dry eyes include:
- Blurred vision
- Contact lens intolerance
- Eye redness
- Gritty sensation
- Sensitivity to light
- Stinging or burning sensation
Dry Eye Assessment
We currently do a basic screening on our patients for dry eye symptoms during a regular exam, which includes using a validated symptom score and a slit lamp exam of the ocular surface.
In moderate to severe dry eyes, our doctors recommend coming back for an advanced dry eye assessment. Equipped with the latest technology, we use the latest meibography imaging to assess your meibomian glands (oil glands), and the Firefly Tear Analyzer to examine tear quality and tear particles through a non-invasive approach.
After examining the results, we can tailor your treatment accordingly to your condition and needs.
Dry Eye Treatments
At Richmond University Vision Care, we offer a variety of in-office procedures to provide relief to your dry eye symptoms. Your optometrist will analyze the data from the dry eye testing to determine a customized treatment plan to treat the root cause of your condition. Some of these treatments we offer:
- Lipiflow Thermal Pulsation
- Intense Pulse Light (IPL)
- Radiofrequency (RF)
- ZEST Blepharitis Treatment
- Scleral Rigid Contact Lenses
- Amniotic Membrane
- Autologous Serum
- Punctal Occlusion
In addition, a customized at-home therapy kit would be recommended, which may include lubricating eyedrops, heat compresses, lid hygiene and Omega 3s.