Unionville Dry Eye Clinic in Markham ON
Our Dry Eye Clinic at Unionville Optometry in Markham ON helps eye patients who suffer from dry eye syndrome (keratoconjunctivitis sicca).
Our eye care specialists firmly believe that you shouldn’t have to live with the pain and discomfort of dry eyes. In fact, we believe it is crucial to determine and treat the underlying cause of your dry eye symptoms. This will help protect and ensure the continued health of your vision. Visit our Markham Dry Eye Clinic, which is now equipped to treat even the most severe dry eye symptoms.
Call our dry eye clinic at 905-477-4488 to learn more.
The Cause of Dry Eyes
In as many as 86% of cases, the underlying cause of dry eyes is a condition called Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD). The Meibomian glands in the eyelids are responsible for producing a protective oily layer of tear film. When these glands become blocked or fail to produce the oils needed for healthy tears, and if left untreated, the eye becomes very dry leading to irritation, discomfort, and eventually, gland dropout.
This dysfunction is both chronic (meaning it is persistent and recurring), and progressive (meaning it develops in stages). This is why it is important to mention any dry eye symptoms you may be experiencing to your Unionville optometrist.
At our Markham Ontario Dry Eye Clinic, our eye care specialists can perform a series of dry eye tests and evaluations to properly diagnose MGD and determine the causes and treatment. This may include applying LipiView® tear film, gland imaging, and Meibomian gland evaluation.
Dry Eye Symptoms
While every individual is different there are a number of common dry eye symptoms:
LipiFlow® – Treatment Technology
In addition to the traditional treatment methods listed below, our Unionville Dry Eye Clinic now offers LipiFlow® treatment options for patients diagnosed with MGD.
LipiFlow® is an FDA-approved device used to remove gland blockages and restore gland function, getting to the root cause of your dry eyes rather than just treating dry eye symptoms. The patented device uses Vectored Thermal Pulsation technology to apply heat and massage the inner eyelids, removing any obstructions within the glands.
This in-office dry eye treatment typically takes about 12 minutes per eye and patients often notice an improvement in their dry eye symptoms within two weeks. The LipiFlow® procedure typically provides results for up to one to two years.
Treating Dry Eye with IPL
The technology behind “Intense Pulsed Light” (IPL) has been in use for many years in treating over 30 skin conditions. IPL treatment is revolutionary for managing inflammation of the skin and eyelid that in many cases is the root cause of dry eye symptoms. IPL treatment for dry eye syndrome involves the application of Intense Pulsed Light on the cheeks, nose, and below the lower eyelids. The schedule of IPL treatments consists of 3 to 4 sessions, 3 to 4 weeks apart. Patients may feel a mild warming sensation during therapy. At Unionville Optometry, we use the Optima IPL “continuously cooled” handpiece, which is designed to enhance patient comfort during treatment.
How IPL Works
With Intense Pulsed Light we can target the abnormal blood vessels that may be causing the inflammation. As the pulsed light penetrates the skin and affected tissues, it generates heat. The IPL treatment triggers the body’s natural ability to heal, helping the body to remove the abnormal blood vessels and decrease the inflammation. In turn, IPL pulsed light helps to improve the symptoms of dry eyes, increasing collagen production, and improving the overall appearance of the skin.
IPL pulsed light is a fast “lunch time treatment”; patients can resume everyday activities with minimal downtime. IPL treatment can provide immediate relief with signs and symptoms improving after only 1 to 2 treatments, and steadily improving throughout the course of therapy. Intense Pulsed Light therapy for dry eyes is used in conjunction with Lipiflow. The two treatments are the perfect combination, and when used together will target the two main causes of dry eye and MGD (inflammation and blockages of the Meibomian gland).
Radio Frequency Treatment for Dry Eye
Radio Frequency (RF) is a non-invasive skin tightening treatment that delivers Radio Frequency energy to help heat and unblock the meibomian glands. RF treatments have also proven effective at improving dry eye symptoms. RF energy reactivates natural collagen production helping to reduce wrinkles and improve skin tone by noticeably lifting and tightening the skin.
Stimulation of new and strong collagen and elastin fibres results in tighter smoother skin and improves eyelid laxity while alleviating dry eye symptoms. RF energy is delivered into the dermis without affecting the epidermis, allowing the procedure to be done without any down time. Skin may be a slight pink for 1-2 hours, and you can return to your daily routine immediately after treatment. Radio Frequency technology is suitable for all skin types and can be combined with IPL and Lipiflow treatments.
Traditional Treatment Options
When properly treated for dry eye symptoms, you’ll notice enhanced eye comfort and less severe (and fewer) dry eye symptoms. In some cases, eye patients also report clearer and sharper vision.
Our Unionville Dry Eye Clinic can recommend any one or a combination of dry eye treatment options depending on the cause of your dry eyes. Talk to our dry eye specialists about the following traditional dry eye treatment options including:
- Over-the-counter Eye Drops (Artificial Tears)
- Prescription Eye Drops (Restasis)
- Punctal Plugs
- Restasis and steroid eye drops
- Meibomian Gland Expression
- Warm Compress
Book With Our Unionville Dry Eye Clinic Today
Contact our Unionville Optometry Dry Eye Clinic today where we won’t just treat the symptoms of your dry eyes. Let us help you address the actual cause of your dry eyes. To book an initial dry eye evaluation at our Markham Dry Eye Clinic, please:
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