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Welcome to our specialized Dry Eye Clinic at Lifetime Eyecare!

Dr. Hook and Dr. Chai are proud to be able to provide another service to the community focusing on just Dry Eyes! After months of preparation, researching on choosing the most up-to-date instruments to diagnose, and researching on the best available products for the management of dryness, we recognize the need and prevalence. We are here to help!

What sets us apart from other clinics is the personal care and time devoted entirely to exploring all options and having access to various diagnostic tests and treatments specific to ocular surface disease. Above all, success to anything requires proper education, due diligence in executing the treatment plan, along with patience.

How do I know if I have "dry eye"?                Dry Cracked Eye

Edmonton and Calgary have the lowest humidity averages of major Canadian cities. In addition to already living in a dry climate, a handful of folks become snow birds and travel south during the winter to one of America's driest big cities - Phoenix, Arizona. You can already see where we're going ...

Most individuals who have dry eyes don't necessarily experience dryness. Most individuals experience dryness in different ways, using phrases/comments such as:

  • I feel like I have an eyelash/cat hair in my eye, but when I try to look in the mirror, there's nothing there!
  • Almost feels like sand in my eye - very gritty
  • My eyes are always red when I look in the mirror
  • Sometimes I get a very sharp, needle-like pain in my eye for a split second
  • Very tired or fatigued eyes
  • I can't read/do near tasks for long periods of time anymore
  • My vision fluctuates a lot - I have good and bad days, and I find that it gets better when I blink for split second
  • My eyes always water

These are only some of the common concerns our patients have. If you have experienced or currently are experiencing any of these, chances are you have some form of dryness. In fact, most individuals (including children these days) have varying signs of dryness. The common theme with dry eye is that it can affect the daily routine and activity of a person's day. It can range from mildly annoying to completely disabling and life altering and our clinic strives to understand where you stand in this broad spectrum.

What exactly is dry eye?

Advances in research has drastically increased our understanding of dry eyes within the last decade. Traditionally, we thought of dry eyes as the lack of water production produced by the lacrimal gland above the eye. Naturally, the primary treatment for the dryness were over-the-counter lubricating eye drops that would work now and then. We now understand that there is a complexity to the underlying cause of dry eyes where there is an imbalance to the many components working together to provide comfort.

In a nutshell, the term "dry eyes" is an umbrella term encompassing a myriad of signs and symptoms. In the professional optometry world, experts in the field are now encouraging all optometrists to start using the term ocular surface disease in place of dry eyes. Now, since we are using the term "disease" there needs to be a shift in how we think about dry eyes, and of course a shift in paradigm in how we approach it.

Dry eye can be categorized into two general distinct groups:

  • Aqueous Deficient Dry Eye (ADDE)
  • Evaporative Dry Eye (EDE)/Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD)

The majority of dry eye are now believed to be evaporative in nature, but as with anything, most individuals have a combination of the two in varying degrees. Dry eye is often multifactorial and can be secondary to extrinisic factors such as refractive surgery (i.e. LASIK), oral medications, and eye infections to name a few.

Lastly, dry eye has a slow progressive nature and as it worsens over time, inflammation becomes a greater part of the disease profile. 1 in 5 of our patients that we see during their routine eye examination have early signs but no symptoms of dryness. We know that it is only a matter of time (years down the road) where it starts to become an issue.

How do I schedule an appointment for the Dry Eye Clinic?

Most of the time, your eye doctor will already see signs of dryness at your routine eye examination. In the allotted time we have, we are unable to get into the nitty-gritty details of what we see regarding your dry eyes. In addition, there are extra screening tests specific for dry eyes we do here at Lifetime Eyecare that we are unable to address during the time of your routine eye examination.

If you are already a patient of ours, Dr. Hook or Dr. Chai will have already made you aware of what they see during your routine eye examination and perhaps start a dialogue around potentially plugging you into our Dry Eye Clinic. Definitely feel free to bring it up at your appointment, even if you are just wanting more information or curious!

If you are seeing your regular optometrist, we first recommend for you to bring up your concerns regarding your dry eyes with your optometrist to see if they are able to help relieve your symptoms. We welcome referrals from colleagues only if you or your optometrist find that you may be at a cross-road or running out of effective options.

 What should I expect at my Dry Eye Clinic appointment?

We ask first and foremost to arrive to your appointment around 15-20 minutes early to fill out paperwork. You will immediately notice the immense amount of paperwork we ask you to fill out - this is all intentional and purposeful. We ask that you fill in the information as best and as accurate as possible as this is what Dr. Hook and Dr. Chai consider "gold" through the course of your experience with us.

First, Dr. Hook and Dr. Chai will take the time to go through the paperwork, screening tests specific to dry eyes, and evaluate the health of your eyes.

Next, a good portion of your time with Dr. Hook or Dr. Chai will be spent educating you about dry eyes (in the general sense), YOUR eyes, and discussing the treatment plan designed for you, and the follow up appointments needed.

You can probably see the complexity of your initial visit with us and our goal is to help you understand dry eye better when you walk out the door of our office than when you walked in. Expect your appointment to be about 1 hour.

For more details regarding our Dry Eye Clinic, please contact us at our office at (780) 462-7500.

 

 


 

Mission Statement:

Our mission is to provide comprehensive, personalized, vision care utilizing state of the art instruments and technology.

Vision Statement:

Our Vision is our patients, whose needs are met by a dedicated, enthusiastic team committed to providing the best professional service possible.

Our Goal:

Our goal is to educate our patients, about their eye health and visual needs for a lifetime.