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When tears decrease in frequency, Dry Eye is typically the result.

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What is Dry Eye Syndrome?

Dry Eye Syndrome, referred to as DES, is a chronic eye condition that occurs when the eyes produce an insufficient amount of tears or when the tears lack the essential oils that lubricate the eye’s surface. (This often results in watery eyes and excessive tearing!). A well-lubricated eye blocks foreign bodies or substances from irritating the eye’s surface.

Dr. MacInnis and his associates treat patients from all over Sydney, Nova Scotia who have Dry Eye symptoms, helping them achieve long-lasting relief from Dry Eye Syndrome.

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What Causes Dry Eye?

Dry Eye can result from a number of factors, including genetics, the natural aging process, or prescription medications, to name a few.

Hormonal changes are a common cause of Dry Eye. In fact, women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, taking oral contraceptives, or experiencing menopause find that their eyes feel dry and uncomfortable during these times. Women over the age of 50 have a 50% greater chance of developing DES than men of the same age.

Common Symptoms of Dry Eye

Patients with DES experience a number of symptoms that can disrupt their daily activities or cause chronic pain.

The most common signs of DES include the following:

  • Blurriness
  • Burning
  • Dryness
  • Feeling as if something is in your eye
  • Irritation
  • Itchy eyes
  • Pain
  • Red eyes
  • Stinging
  • Watery eyes

Those who suffer from DES often try to alleviate the pain by blinking either less or more often, rubbing their eyes, or by using over-the-counter artificial tears.

Why is blinking important? Blinking is healthy because it naturally moisturizes the eyes and gets rid of tiny particles that may enter the eye. Less blinking can increase dryness, itching, or redness, making DES symptoms even more acute.

Rubbing your eyes, especially when they’re already irritated, can intensify your symptoms. This is because the added pressure can make the pain worse. If your hands aren’t 100% clean, you can unintentionally spread germs or bacteria into your eyes when you rub them. Rubbing the eyes can also cause tiny blood vessels to break, increasing the redness of your eyes.

Artificial tears provide some temporary relief by lubricating the eyes with a medicated solution. These can be quite effective at alleviating soreness and itchiness, however, excessive use isn’t recommended. Many brands include preservatives, which aren’t good for your health in the long-term. Other preservative-free brands can, over time, fail to relieve the basic Dry Eye symptoms. Patients may find that having to continuously purchase artificial tears can become costly, and consistently using them throughout the day disrupts their daily activities.

Dry Eye Treatments

Typically, DES is treated with medicated eye drops, anti-inflammatory drops, or a heated compress. Occasionally, the doctor may recommend punctal plugs. These are tiny devices that are inserted into the eye’s tear duct, blocking any drainage. This can alleviate DES symptoms by preventing moisture from draining out of the eye, instead keeping them inside the tear duct area. This increases the moisture level, giving longer-term relief. Plus, punctal plugs are not permanent and can be easily removed or replaced, making them a simple, affordable solution to alleviate symptoms.

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Dry Eye Technology

Advancements in medical technology and scientific breakthroughs have made treatment for Dry Eye easier, with quicker results, and longer-lasting benefits. Three of the up-and-coming technologies for DES treatment are InflammaDry, iLux and i-Med i-PEN.

Island Eyecare has some of the most cutting-edge and advanced technologies to quickly and effectively test for Dry Eye Syndrome. Let Dr. MacInnis and his talented and experienced associates help get you started on the path to real long-term relief from Dry Eye.

We are the first practice east of Montreal to have the iLux.

Our tears contain a natural protein enzyme called matrix metalloproteinase-9, or MMP-9. Patients with Dry Eye usually have elevated levels of this protein. The InflammaDry system measures MMP-9 levels by analyzing the tears taken from inside the lower eyelid. The entire process is fast and results are received in about 10 minutes. The disposable test is performed in the office, making it a top choice for doctors and DES patients.

I-PEN - Osmolarity Assessment

I-MED Pharma's I-PEN® Osmolarity System is the first quick, easy, and handheld device for optometrists to screen dry eye patients.

Pros:

  • Quantitative measurement of osmolarity
  • Affordable point-of-care test
  • Quick and simple to use (takes less than 5 seconds per eye)
  • Reproducible, accurate and reliable results
  • Uses Single-Use-Sensors (SUS)

The I-PEN  measures tear osmolarity in a fast and effective way, aiding doctors in determining the best treatment for your eyes. Tear osmolarity has been shown to have the best predictive value for diagnosing Dry Eye Disease of any single test. The Doctor will test both eyes, and will take the highest number of the two tests, to generate Your Osmolarity Number. Your Osmolarity Number gives doctors a meaningful measure of the health and stability of the protective tear film that covers the surface of your eyes. The number generated correlates with the severity of the disease.

iLux by TearFilm Innovations allows direct visualization of meibomian glands, blockages, and expressed meibum throughout treatment via the magnifying lens, providing a direct view of the treatment area.

The proprietary light-based heat source gently warms the inner and outer lid to a safe therapeutic temperature. Sensors in the disposable iLux Smart Tip monitor inner eyelid temperature continuously during treatment.

One-button control of heating and compression puts treatment in the doctors' hands, allowing you to choose the location and duration of treatment. iLux measures compression force, which is displayed on the LCD screen.

Omega-3s are clinically proven to improve dry eyes.

Nutrasea sells NutraSea Professional PRO EPA+, a dietary supplement of fish oils, that can drastically improve your dry eye symptoms. Nutrasea's Omega-3 have extra GLA, which makes a big difference for dry eye patients. Their supplements are easier to digest than over the counter supplements and do not come with a fishy aftertaste. You may not see improvement for about 60-90 days, but the Omega-3s are working inside your body before you notice the outward result.

I-RELIEF™HOT & COLD THERAPY EYE MASK WITH THERMABEADS™

For the relief of symptoms associated with blepharitis, dry eye disease, meibomian gland disease (MGD), styes and chalazia, as well as headaches, sinus pressure, tension, swelling, and puffiness.

Dry Eye Disease is one of the most common, yet under-diagnosed, ocular diseases. Early onset is characterized by mild symptoms that are often ignored or mismanaged by patients. As a result, dry eye disease often goes undiagnosed until the symptoms worsen.

Eye care professionals recommend moist heat therapy as a form of supplementary treatment for people suffering from dry eyes and other conditions of the eyelid. Hot or cold compresses can provide immediate relief from discomfort, and consistent use over time can help increase blood circulation, stimulate lipid oil production and reduce tear evaporation, thereby improving overall ocular health.

I-RELIEF™ Hot & Cold Therapy Eye Mask with ThermaBeads™ can help patients manage their dry eye condition from the mildest of symptoms to more serious conditions, such as MGD or Blepharitis.

Artificial tears are available over the counter and can help with dry eye. Preservative eye drops are good for sensitive eyes and rarely cause irritation.

Viscoadaptive Tears

PUR PUR GEL box bottle en 768×537Once Dry Eye Is Diagnosed, Ensure That Your Patients Receive the Best Quality Product at the Most Economical Price.  Our Premium Viscoadaptive Tears Give Your Patients Unequaled Results, With Longer-Lasting Comfort and Relief.

What Are Viscoadaptive Hyaluronan Dry Eye Drops?

I-DROP® viscoadaptive artificial tears are premium eye drops that effectively and quickly help to relieve dry eye symptoms. I-DROP® combines the advantages of the cohesive physical properties of the viscoelastic hyaluronan inactive ingredient and the dispersive physical properties of a low molecular weight glycerin lubricant.

Together, these biopolymers are responsible for the long-lasting comfort and relief your patients will experience upon using the product. The I-DROP® promotes excellent coating and recoating of the surface of the eye with every blink, while delivering superior moisturizing and lubrication for enhanced patient comfort. Because of the distinctive properties of the I-DROP®, patients experience longer residence time without blurring or foreign body sensation.

Separately, neither a standard HA-based cohesive viscoelastic eye drop, nor a traditional cellulose or PVA-based dispersive viscous eye drop offers the total benefits that are achieved in this uniquely formulated viscoadaptive eye drop.

Benefits of our Viscoadaptive Tears.

  • Preservative-Free
  • Long-lasting patient comfort due to viscoadaptive properties
  • Superior moistening and lubrication of the cornea and conjunctiva
  • Long residence time, blink-activated coating and re-coating of the ocular surface
  • Fewer daily applications needed
  • No blurred vision or foreign body sensation
  • Natural, non-toxic biopolymers
  • Well-documented safety and efficacy of each biopolymeric component

Thealoz Duo from Labtician

Thealoz DuoThealoz® Duo contains two proven dry eye therapies in one bottle:

  • Trehalose: a natural substance present in many plants and animals that survive in extremely dry conditions. It helps protect the eye from dryness.
  • Hyaluronic acid: a gentle solution that lubricates with long-lasting relief