calgary dry eye clinic

What is dry eye?

Dry Eye disease is a condition where the eyes cannot produce the right quantity or quality of tears. Up to 30 percent of people suffer from Dry Eye disease and in Dr. Farrah’s clinical experience; it is one of the main reasons for coming in for an eye examination. Dr. Farrah, an experienced dry eye doctor, has treated numerous cases of dry-eye at our Calgary Dry Eye Clinic.

With the many patients we treat for dry eyes, one thing is for sure, they don’t all present with the same symptoms and signs. Some come in with complaints of tearing when outdoors or a gritty sandy feeling in the eye while others present with a stinging/burning sensation or vision fluctuations. Dry eye is a multifactorial disease of the tears and ocular surface accompanied by increased osmolarity of the tear film and inflammation of the ocular surface.


Symptoms are often worsen at the end of the day or after visually focusing for a prolonged period of time on a task such as a computer screen. If left untreated, dry eye is a progressive disease and can lead to more serious problems, including impaired vision and an increased risk of eye infection.

Symptoms include:

  • Stinging
  • Burning
  • Scratchy/gritty sensation
  • Itching
  • Eye Redness
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Tearing
  • Tired eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Swollen red eyelids
  • Soreness, Achiness

Testing at our Eye Centre Calgary

Drs. Farrah, Tran and Wong check for the signs and symptoms of dry eye disease in their eye centre in Calgary using several quick and painless tests to measure visual clarity, tear production, tear osmolarity, tear function, ocular surface dryness and damage to the cornea or conjunctiva (the membrane that lines the eyelids) along with a symptom questionnaire. These tests will allow them to determine the severity of the dry eye and determine the appropriate treatment option customized for you.

Learn more on Tear Osmolarity and Tear Function on our blog:

Treatment Options – Eye Clinic Calgary

RESTASIS and XIIDRA are the only medicated eye drops approved by Health Canada to treat the inflammation associated with Dry Eye Disease. RESTASIS is indicated for the treatment of moderate to moderately severe Dry Eye Disease. It helps increase the eye’s natural ability to produce tears, which may be reduced by inflammation. XIIDRA was recently approved in January 2018 to help to reduce inflammation on the front surface of the eyes. Symptoms can improve as early as 2 weeks. Both drops are preservative free.

Ask our Optometrists if these treatment options are right for you! Read more on our blog:

If you are suffering from Blepharitis, we can help. Read our blog on our Bleph Ex treatment:

Learn more about Punctal Plugs on our blog:

Nutritional Supplements: New studies are showing the benefits of various dry eye vitamins in the treatment of dry eyes.

Our eye doctors will review these options with you during your dry eye visit at our eye clinic in Calgary.