Dry Eye Therapy In Kamloops, BC

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First-Rate Treatment for Dry Eye, Right Here in Kamloops

Though not usually a vision-threatening condition, dry eye can be severe enough to cause time off work or transform day-to-day tasks into complex trials.

At Nicola Eye Care we are dedicated to diagnosing and treating your symptoms and getting you back to your best as quickly as possible. If you are struggling with the dry, sore and itchy pains of dry eye, then we recommend an eye health exam – we’ll examine your condition and start a treatment plan to alleviate pain, reduce discomfort and tackle all other symptoms.

Dry eye is often a chronic condition, so the sooner we start treatment, the smaller its impact will be on your long-term ocular health.

Discomfort Born from Poor Eye Lubrication

All dry eye symptoms are caused by a lack of lubrication on the eye. The cause of this dryness, however, varies considerably. A common problem is that tear production is low, so the eyes aren’t getting the usual amount of liquid, or the tears don’t have the right consistency, causing them to evaporate too quickly.

In addition, there is often an environmental factor. Arid (aka dry, non-humid) weather, especially when coupled with wind, can whisk the moisture from our eyes. Since the wind often carried small particles of dust or grid, irritation is almost inevitable. Our dry climate and often windy conditions mean that many of us who call Kamloops home suffer from varying degrees of dry eye.

Unfortunately dry eye is often a chronic condition, which means there is no cure – in some patients it will recur, on and off, for their entire lifetime. The best we can offer is to design a treatment and management plan to keep your eyes hydrated and healthy.

  • Restasis – These prescription eye drops helps to increase your eye’s natural tear production. This doesn’t just provide temporary symptom relief. By boosting the eye’s natural ability to make tears, Restasis may solve the underlying issue of dry eye.
  • Punctal plugs – Each eye has drainage canals which are used to remove excess liquid from our eyes. Punctal plugs are used to reduce, or stop, the flow of tears away from the eye. More moisture is retained around the eyeball, so symptoms are reduced.
  • Artificial tears – The simplest solution for mild symptoms is to apply simple, hydrating eye drops onto the surface of the eye.
  • Scleral lenses – These are specialist contact lenses which retain moisture, so that the eye stays lubricated for longer. Since dry eye can make contact lens wear extremely uncomfortable, this solution appeals to many current lens-wearers.

The most common dry eye symptoms are:

  • Burning or gritty sensation
  • Mild to moderate pain and discomfort
  • Mild swelling
  • Tiredness
  • Difficulty reading or focusing, like digital eye strain

Dry eye does not usually cause long-term vision problems. However, if left untreated, the severe dryness of the eyeball can eventually lead to scarring on its surface. If your corneal tissue becomes scarred, vision may be partially, and permanently, impaired.

Visit Us Today

You can find us on the corner of St. Paul Street and 3rd Avenue. We are 3 blocks down 3rd Avenue from Royal Inland Hospital, towards downtown. Our office is across the street from the Telus Store and Stuart Wood school yard (where the summer Farmer’s Market is on Saturdays).

Our Address

101 – 286 St Paul St.
Kamloops, BC V2C 6G4

Contact Information

Phone: 250.374.2441
Fax: 250.374.5011
[email protected]


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