Why Your Tears Matter
Dry eye syndrome takes place when your eyes can’t produce enough tears to lubricate themselves. They’re draining faster than you can produce them, or maybe the tear film isn’t balanced, causing evaporation. Each of these problems has an underlying cause that needs to be addressed separately.
Not Enough Tear Production
Your eyes need a lot of hydration. If you’re not producing enough tears, your eyes become red and irritated. We offer a range of medical grade eye drops, ointments, gels, dietary supplements, and lid care products to treat this issue, as over-the-counter eye drops may not be enough to treat dry eye syndrome. Prescription eye drops may be an adjunct therapy if medical grade drops and therapies are not managing the dry eye symptoms. So visit us in Simcoe for a comprehensive eye exam, where we will find the product that works best for you.
Too Much Drainage
Another problem that affects eye hydration is excessive drainage of your tears. The punctum is a small opening at the lateral margins of your eyelids that drains excess tears. But if they drain too much, it can harm your eyes.
A potential solution to correcting your dry eye is plugging these small orifices. This is usually done when prescription eye drops are not enough to medicate your eyes. We offer this solution, called punctal plugs, at Simcoe Optometric. Come see us for a thorough eye examination so we can assess your dry eye situation and see if punctal plugs are a solution for you.