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.
Is There a Simple Cure for 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.
What We Can Do
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.
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).
“I’m from out of town and I needed to have my frames replaced. Nicky from the lab helped me reach out to my house of vision from my hometown. A replacement pair was sent here from home! I am very pleased with the service and work done. I would choose this place as my go to if I were to ever move to Kamloops!”
“Beautiful, inviting office. Very friendly staff. Efficient appointment. 10/10!”
“Brought in a broken pair of glasses that the frames had been discontinued. Nicky and Tracy went out of their way to find a replacement set of frames, when other shops just told me they couldn’t help. Thank you again”
Something blew under my safety glasses at work today. I was in agony after flushing my eyes several times and called around to local offices to see if I could get in. I’m new in town, and luckily I happened to ask someone who recommended Nicola Eye Care. When they heard what was going on, they told me to come right away. The front desk staff were unforgettably amazing to me and even took me outside afterward to point to the nearest drugstores. Dr. Ann Byard was very sweet and gentle and explained that I had a giant corneal abrasion. I appreciate everything you did for me today. I’d be at home terrified and probably still trying to find the non-existent thing that feels like it’s in my eye right now if I hadn’t gotten into your office so quickly. Many thanks!