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 include:


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.

  • 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 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

Our treatment options includes a combination of: lifestyle changes, over-the-counter treatments, prescription treatments and surgery.

Nutritional Supplements: New studies are showing the benefits of various dry eye vitamins in the treatment of dry eyes. Our eye doctors will review this option with you during your visit at our eye clinic Calgary.

RESTASIS® is the only Canadian labeled approved eye drop demonstrated to treat the underlying cause of Dry Eye disease. RESTASIS® is indicated for the treatment of moderate to moderately severe Dry Eye diseases. It helps increase the eye’s natural ability to produce tears, which may be reduced by inflammation due to this disease. It is the only prescription eye doctor believed to treat the underlying cause of Dry Eye disease.

Ask Dr. Farrah if RESTASIS® is right for you! Learn more about RESTASIS®.

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