Did you know that by 65 years of age over 26% of females and 11% of males suffer from dry eyes? Dry eye disease is a multifactorial disease and causes a loss of homeostasis (stability) of the tear film. It leads to inflammation and damage to the front surfaces of the eye. While it is considered a chronic condition that progresses with age, early identification and treatment can help to prevent permanent damage and allow you to see clearly and comfortably.
Symptoms and Signs of dry eyes include:
- Burning sensation
- Red eyes
- Excessive tearing (reflex tearing)
- Lid scalloping and irritation
- Frequent eye and lid infections
- Light sensitivity
- Blurred vision
- Fatigued and ‘heavy’ eyes
Triggers can include prolonged digital screen use, contact lens wear, and eye surgery such as Lasik and cataracts.
Other risk factors include:
- Living and working in a dry environment such as southern Alberta
- Certain occupations with prolonged close work (data entry, accountants, students)
- Medications such as antihistamines and decongestants, diuretics, beta-blockers, and birth control pills
- Gender- higher incidence for females at all age groups
- Diets poor in essential fatty acids and anti-inflammatory foods
- Auto-immune diseases such as Sjogren’s syndrome, arthritis, and lupus
- Certain diseases such as diabetes
At Mayfair Eye Care, we are experienced in providing instant relief and long term solutions for anyone suffering from Dry Eye. Our Calgary office offers patient questionnaires and diagnostic testing, including tear assessment, measurements, and eyelid gland expression. These tools help determine the underlying cause and allow our doctors to develop an individualized treatment plan to help manage your symptoms. Book your consult with our Calgary optometrists today!
Myopia tends to continually worsen as a child grows and the demands upon their eyes increase. The younger the child is needing glasses, the greater the concern that they will become a high myope.
The goal of Myopia Control is to minimize the normal change in the eyes so that the child does not become a high myope with all the associated ocular health issues.
There is a variety of techniques that can be suggested for myopia control. They include:
- Environmental factors such as increased time outside, and decreased computer screen time
- Atropine eye drops that are used at bedtime
- Specialty lenses for glasses
- Specialty soft contact lenses
- Orthokeratology (overnight wearing of specialty hard contact lenses)
Come into Mayfair Eye Care and talk to one of our eye doctors about which myopia control technique would be best for you or your child.
Pink eye or conjunctivitis can be due to a number of causes from bacterial and viral eye infections to various inflammations of the front surface of the eye such as allergies and dry eye disease.
Proper diagnosis is the key to proper treatment. Make sure you come into our office, so that Dr. Penny can determine the underlying cause.
Eat for your Eyes is a carefully curated collection of recipes that are delicious and good for your vision and eye health. Certain foods contain lots of goodness to help keep your eyes healthy, such as beta carotene and vitamin A. The team at Mayfair Eye Care encourages you to be your best and eat healthy to ensure good vision for your best life!
The theory is that dark chocolate is high in antioxidant flavanols, which are touted as having many potential health benefits, including effects on the nervous system… And after eating milk chocolate, their vision was 20/15 – still better than normal, but not quite as sharp as with dark chocolate. Apr 27, 2018Read More
Healthy eyes start with healthy living. Here are some factors we should all take to heart:
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What is it?
Blue light is the short wavelength light of the visible light spectrum that makes up approximately 1/3 of all visible light. Blue light is generally defined as visible light ranging from 380-500 nanometers. Our main source of blue light is sunlight, however the number of indoor sources, being digital devices, is on the rise. Even though our eyes are good at blocking UV rays from reaching the retina, they are not very good at blocking out blue light. The effect of this exposure is cumulative and will vary depending on the total number of exposure hours.Read More