Dry Eye Clinic
Dry eye is a very common condition that results from inadequate lubrication of the eye.
Abnormal or deficient tear quality and/or quantity can cause dry eye. Tears are made up of 3 layers: lipid, aqueous, and mucin. The meibomian gland in the eyelid produces the lipid layer – and its function decreases as we age. In addition to this, there are many other causes that may further aggrevate dry eye (eg. surgery, medication, hormonal change, medical diseases etc).
Dry eye may cause any one of the following symptoms which can severely affect the quality of your life:
- Foreign Body Sensation
- Gritty or sandy feeling
- Teary or watery
- Blurry Vision
- Heavy or tired eyes
- Light sensitivity
- Excessive blinking
Dry eyes are one of the most common conditions that can affect all of us – however, it is the most undertreated or ignored area’s of ophthalmology.
At Uptown Eye Specialists – we tackle dry eye head on with a specialized clinic just focused on the diagnosis and treatment of all aspects of dry eye – the Dry Eye Clinic.
Patients are welcomed by a dedicated team of eye care professionals who guide patients to appropriate and specific therapies. The pillar of dry eye is the identification and classification of the type of dry eye – through the aid of our advanced tear film diagnostic tools. This tool coupled with a dry eye impact questionnaire and other diagnostic tests, provides Uptown Eye Specialists eye care professionals all the information they require to monitor successful progress through the individualized treatment pathways.
This clinic is very unique in the GTA as it provides a multi-speciality approach to your individualized dry eye management. The cornerstone of treatment at the Dry Eye Clinic is UltraView DEL (dry eye laser).
UltraView DEL (Dry Eye Laser) is a unique and established technique that treats the underlying causes of dry eyes using a specialized laser with the following advantages:
- Effective: Several studies have demonstrated that intense pulsed light therapy to the eyelid area indeed attenuates the signs and symptoms of dry eye
- Safe: Using a hand held device, the plastic surgery team will gently and safely treat your eyelids, without any harm to your eyeball or vision. The treatment is quick and there is no down time. A minimum of four sessions is recommended for optimal and durable results
- Natural: By improving the structure and function of the meibomian gland- UltraView DEL allows the increase of your own natural lipid layer and tear film. In fact, studies have shown for most patients – multiple eyedrops and dry eye medications are often reduced and possibly eliminated by the end of the treatment cycle.