Dry Eye Therapy in New Brunswick

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What Causes Dry Eyes?

Dry eyes usually occur when you either don’t produce enough tears, or the tears you do produce are of poor quality. Tears are essential for nourishing, protecting, and maintaining your eyes’ health and comfort. With dry eyes, there are gaps in the tear film that leave your corneal nerves exposed. This causes pain and irritation, especially while blinking.

While dry eyes are chronic, there are many reasons why they may develop in the first place. These include:

  • Environment: Hot, dry houses during the winter, dry, air-conditioned homes in the summer, windy or smoky environments, and arid climates can cause dry eyes.
  • Medication: Medications like antihistamines, antidepressants, decongestants, diuretics, and hormone replacement therapies have side effects that cause dry eyes.
  • Age: Changes to our eyes as we age include reduced tear production that leads to dry eyes.
  • Gender: Dry eyes are more common in women, especially those experiencing hormonal changes due to pregnancy, menopause, or birth control.
  • Skin and eyelid disorders: Inflammatory skin disorders like rosacea, infections, and inflammatory eyelid disorders can block the eye’s meibomian glands responsible for producing oil that keeps the eyes from drying too quickly.
  • Systemic disorders and other diseases: Autoimmune diseases like Sjögren’s syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, scleroderma, and diabetes are often linked to dry eyes.

Individuals who wear contact lenses, spend a lot of time working on digital screens, or have had laser eye surgery may also experience dry eyes as a side effect.

Dry Eye Diagnosis & Treatment

Dry eyes can be diagnosed during a routine comprehensive eye exam. There are many treatments and therapies available, but the best one for you ultimately depends on your dry eyes’ root cause. If your dry eyes are a condition of a systemic disease, treating the underlying condition may improve dry eyes. Alternatively, if your medication is responsible, you can talk to your doctor about options.

We can also look at the possibility of prescription eye drops, like Xiidra and Restasis, to treat dry eye inflammation and provide lubrication.

Ultimately, we’ll need to conduct a thorough eye exam to develop a personalized treatment plan for you.

Our Locations

St. George

You can find our St. George location just off Main Street, next to the Community Living Centre.

Contact Information

Phone: (506) 755-3332
Fax: (506) 755-9890

Address

124 Main Street
St. George, New Brunswick E5C 3S3

Hours of Operations

Mondays
9 AM5 PM
Tuesdays
9 AM5 PM
Wednesdays
9 AM5 PM
Thursdays
9 AM7 PM
Fridays
9 AM2 PM
Saturdays
Closed
Sundays
Closed

You can find our St. George location just off Main Street, next to the Community Living Centre.

Contact Information

Phone: (506) 755-3332
Fax: (506) 755-9890

Address

124 Main Street
St. George, New Brunswick E5C 3S3

Hours of Operations

Mondays
9 AM5 PM
Tuesdays
9 AM5 PM
Wednesdays
9 AM5 PM
Thursdays
9 AM7 PM
Fridays
9 AM2 PM
Saturdays
Closed
Sundays
Closed

Saint John

Located between Grannan St and Princess St across from Trinity Royal Anglican Church.

Contact Information

Phone: (506) 634-8882
Fax: (506) 634-0864

Address

101 Germain Street
Saint John, New Brunswick E2L 2E9

Hours of Operations

Mondays
8 AM5 PM
Tuesdays
8 AM5 PM
Wednesdays
8 AM5 PM
Thursdays
8 AM7:30 PM
Fridays
8 AM5 PM
Saturdays
Closed
Sundays
Closed

Located between Grannan St and Princess St across from Trinity Royal Anglican Church.

Contact Information

Phone: (506) 634-8882
Fax: (506) 634-0864

Address

101 Germain Street
Saint John, New Brunswick E2L 2E9

Hours of Operations

Mondays
8 AM5 PM
Tuesdays
8 AM5 PM
Wednesdays
8 AM5 PM
Thursdays
8 AM7:30 PM
Fridays
8 AM5 PM
Saturdays
Closed
Sundays
Closed

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