Naturally, your eyes produce tears to keep your eyes lubricated. Dry eye occurs when your eyes don’t produce enough good quality tears to keep your eyes moist. Additionally, you can develop dry eye if your tears evaporate too quickly.
What Are Tears Made Of?
Tears have a similar structure to saliva. They contain water, fatty oils, salt, and over 1,500 different proteins. Tears are made of 3 distinct layers:
Mucous layer: this layer keeps the tear on the eye
Aqueous layer: this layer washes away bacteria and protects the cornea
Oily layer: this layer keeps the tear from evaporating too quickly
Dry eye usually affects both eyes. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, you may have dry eye:
Stinging, burning sensation in the eyes
Gritty feeling, like something is in your eye
Increased sensitivity to light
Discomfort or pain with contact lenses
Overly watery eyes
If these symptoms persist or worsen, please give us a call for a thorough examination.
Treating Dry Eye
At Eyes on Sheppard, we’re committed to helping you find relief from dry eye symptoms. We use various state of the art techniques to help you feel comfortable and cared for.
TempSure Envi delivers radiofrequency to gently heat the skin. Patients have reported the treatment feeling similar to a hot stone massage. Typically, TempSure is used as a treatment for fine lines and wrinkles but is also regarded as an effective treatment for dry eye.
The Icon system is a suite of revolutionary laser therapies that can provide effective results for many different skin-related issues. Not only can IPL treatment be incredibly effective in reducing symptoms of dry eye disease, but Icon treatments can also treat fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, stretch marks, and unwanted hair.
You can find our beautiful new office at 90 Sheppard Avenue East in North York. Access the building’s parking lot just off of Sheppard Ave East onto the Parkway, around the back of the building. You can also access the Parkway by Doris Avenue, just past the Toronto Catholic School Board.