Dry Eye Syndrome

Summary Content

Dry Eye Syndrome (DES), characterized by insufficient moisture and lubrication on the eye's surface, presents challenges ranging from discomfort to an increased risk of infection and corneal inflammation. Symptoms often include dryness, a scratchy feeling, and a sensation of something foreign in the eye, potentially leading to overproduction of tears in some cases. At Health Today, we emphasize the importance of accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment plans, following the guidelines set by the Canadian Association of Optometrists. Our comprehensive approach ensures not only relief from discomfort but also protection against the progression of DES.


The root causes of Dry Eye Syndrome are diverse, encompassing factors such as the natural aging process, particularly in women over 40, side effects from a range of medications, environmental conditions like Calgary's dry climate, and lifestyle factors including prolonged screen use and contact lens wear. Systemic diseases like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and Sjogren’s Syndrome also contribute to DES, as do certain surgical procedures that affect eyelid closure. Recognizing these causes is the first step in crafting effective treatment strategies tailored to each individual's needs and lifestyle.

Did You Know Alberta Health Care Covers Eye Exams?

Ages 0-18: AHS covers one annual eye exam for all children. Additional coverage for medical needs is possible; speak with your optometrist for more.
Ages 19-64: Eye exams are not covered, but check with your insurance or our visit us at Health Today for possible billing options.
Ages 65+: AHS covers one annual eye exam, with potential additional coverage for specific medical conditions; speak with your optometrist for more.
Note: Urgent eye care and infections are covered*; no referral is needed. 
*Confirm any additional costs with our Optometrist before the appointment.


At Health Today, we offer a broad spectrum of treatments for Dry Eye Syndrome, aimed at alleviating symptoms and improving quality of life. Our recommendations may include:

  • Artificial Tears: For immediate relief from dryness and discomfort, with options available for those with contact lenses.
  • Steroid Eye Drops: To reduce inflammation and provide short-term relief.
  • Prescription Eye Drops: Designed to increase natural tear production.
  • Punctal Plugs: To minimize tear drainage and maintain moisture on the eye's surface.
  • Lacrisert: A lubricating insert that provides long-lasting moisture.
  • Contact Lens Consultation: Advice on suitable lenses and eye drops for contact lens wearers.
  • Protective Eyewear: Recommendations for sunglasses to shield eyes from the elements.
  • Indoor Air Quality Improvement: Using humidifiers and air purifiers to manage indoor air moisture and cleanliness.
  • Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) Treatments: Including warm compresses and in-office procedures to clear blocked glands.
  • Nutritional Supplements: Essential fatty acids to support tear production.
  • Hydration and Diet Advice: Encouraging water intake and a balanced diet to alleviate symptoms.
  • Medication Review: Consulting with healthcare providers to adjust or change medications that may contribute to dry eye.

Health Today also provides education on eyelid hygiene and the potential impact of Dry Eye Syndrome on candidates for LASIK or other vision correction surgeries, ensuring patients are fully informed and prepared for their treatment journey.



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