Eye exam in Calgary Alberta

Dealing with Dry Eyes?

Your Calgary Optometrists Discuss Symptoms and Remedies


Most of us at a point in time would have experienced some sort of eye irritation that was triggered by weather change, allergies, medical conditions or occupational hazards. If you are a contact lens user, you are more likely to have experienced these sensations. Generally known as dry eyes, the symptoms of this condition include:


  • Itching, pain, redness or stinging sensation in the eyes
  • Blurring of vision or tired eyes
  • Sensitivity to bright sunlight as well as electronic device screens and lights
  • Formation of stringy mucus in or around your eyes
  • Watery eye sensation, usually a natural response to the irritation from dry eyes 


Essentially, this is a result of inadequate lubrication in your eyes, which means your tear glands are functioning at less than normal capacity. However, there are some easy fixes to deal with this common ailment: 


Remedies for Dry Eyes 

Dry eyes could be the result of a number of environmental factors, such as changes in the weather, extreme heat conditions, high pollen content in the air or heavy dust pollution. To counter these triggers, you may want to: 


1. Consider Preventive Measures 

  • Invest in quality sunglasses, as well as specific eyewear for the sports you play or outdoor activities you engage in. 
  • Avoid exposure to cigarette smoke. 
  • Stay indoors when it is windy or ensure adequate eye protection when you step out. 
  • Add moisture to the air in your home by installing a humidifier. 
  • Take frequent breaks when performing tasks that require visual concentration or continuous use of electronic devices. 


2. Explore Self-Remedies 

  • Take omega-3 supplements, or include items such as flaxseed, chia seeds, palm oil, soybean oil, walnuts, eggs and fatty fish to your diet. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, these foods help reduce inflammation, allow more tear production and offer relief from the dry, itchy sensation.
  • Try over-the-counter medications such as single-dose eye drops, multi-dose eye drops or ointments. Lubricate your eyes with the drops around four times a day, or more if required. This will keep them moist and reduce the dryness and irritation. If you have purchased the ointments, try not to use them during the day as they tend to impair your vision. Apply them at night before you go to bed.
  • If the dry eyes syndrome occurs mainly when you use contact lenses, consult your eye doctor and discuss solutions, instead of exploring different treatments on your own. Your optometrist may advise you to:Use lubricating or re-wetting drops specifically designed for soft contact lenses 
    • Change your lens cleaning solution to see if a different brand works better for your eyes 
    • Purchase a different brand or get fitted with silicone hydrogel lenses
    • Reduce your overall lens wear-time 


3. Seek Professional Help: 

Dry eyes are usually temporary and part of the natural aging process. Most of the time, you should find relief through the home remedies and over-the-counter medications. However, sometimes this minor irritant could also lead to more severe eye health issues. If your eyes do not respond to the self-remedies after prolonged usage, or if you experience aggravated symptoms, such as extreme eye pain or swelling, dry mouth or joint pain, it may be indicative of: 

  • Medical conditions such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, vitamin A deficiency, thyroid disorders. 
  • Allergic reaction to medications such as antihistamines, decongestants, hormone replacement therapy, antidepressants, or drugs for blood pressure or birth control. 


Prevent severe damage to your tear glands and seek timely, professional help at Crowfoot Vision, your trusted local optometrists in Calgary. Our centres are at several convenient locations in the city, which means you are never too far from one of our friendly and experienced eye doctors. In addition to an extensive collection of frames and lenses, we offer comprehensive vision tests, diagnosis and treatment of a range of eye conditions.


Protect your vision and maintain healthy eyesight. To book an eye exam at one of the Crowfoot Vision centres, call us at 403-241-3000 or complete this online contact form today.

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