Did You Know
1 IN 3 CANADIANS ARE IMPACTED BY DRY EYE DISEASE
Only an examining Optometrist can determine the exact frequency a patient should be having exams definitively. The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends the following:
Infants and Toddlers
(birth to 24 months)
Infants and toddlers should undergo their first eye examination between the ages of 6 and 9 months.
(2 to 5 years)
Preschool children should undergo at least one eye examination between the ages of 2 and 5 years.
School Age Children
(6 to 19 years)
School children aged 6 to 19 years should undergo an eye examination annually.
These symptoms may be more than simply irritating. They may be indicative of Dry Eye Disease, where your lacrimal glands stop producing enough tears or where the tears that are produced may evaporate too quickly.
Dry Eye Disease symptoms can often be eliminated by treating the cause.
Our comprehensive in-house testing processes give us a clear picture into your eye health and whether or not you have Dry Eye Disease. To learn more about these specific processes and what we include in our dry eye exams, click below.
General health, medications and environmental factors will be a consideration in managing the type of Dry Eye Disease you have. After our initial testing we will create a customized treatment plan to best address your Dry Eye Disease.
If you suffer from Dry Eye, our eye doctors at Lynn Valley Optometry, have completed extensive training on dry eye disease and treatment. We are very happy to offer a very thorough evaluation of your dry eye disease and subsequently design a treatment plan specifically for you. We have worked with many pharmaceutical companies to stay abreast of the newest and best treatments available for dry eye disease. We are dedicated to resolving your dry eye issues and look forward to seeing you.
Our doctors can perform in-office diagnostic tests to evaluate the quality and quantity of your tears. General health, medications and environmental factors will be a consideration in managing the type of Dry Eye Disease you have.
3 Common Screening Tests
WE USE ARE:
Tear Break-Up Time (TBUT)
TBUT gives us an indication of how stable your tear film is. Because the tear film in people with Dry Eye Disease is unstable, it will break up faster than normal and cause the eye surface to feel uncomfortable. In a TBUT test, fluorescein dye is added to the eye and the tear film is observed while the patient avoids blinking. TBUT is the time it takes between a blink and the development of tiny dry spots in the stained tear film. The longer it takes, the more stable the tear film. If your tear film breaks up in less than 10 seconds, you may have Dry Eye Disease.
Fluorescein and Lissamine Green Staining
These tests use a yellow or green dye along with a blue or white light respectively to detect damage that may have occurred to your eye. A piece of blotting paper containing the dye is touched to the surface of the eye. The patient is asked to blink, which will spread the dye on the tear film. A light is then directed at the eye. Any problems on the surface of the cornea will be stained by the dye and appear green under the blue or white light.
Meibomian Gland Expression
This test allows us to see if your oil-secreting meibomian glands within the eyelids are clogged. These oils help prevent tear evaporation.