At Eyedeology, our Optometrists treat many Calgarians with dry eye disease. We are very passionate about dry eyes and the latest treatment options. We are really excited to have a new medication approved by Health Canada after 7 years – Xiidra® (Lifitegrast Ophthalmic Solution 5%) gives our Optometrists another option to help treat patients with dry eye disease. Xiidra® is preservative free and will be available in the next few months. Symptoms have been shown to improve as early as 2 weeks.
Dry eye disease affects roughly 30% of the Canadian population and significantly affects the quality of life of individuals by affecting vision-related activities such as reading, computer work, driving, watching TV or viewing a digital device. Dry eye disease is caused by inflammation of the front surface of the eye resulting in a poor or deficient tear film.
Dry eye disease is multifactorial and women are more affected than men especially older women; people who use digital devices for a long period of time; anyone with medical conditions such as diabetes or Sjogrens disease; those that are on specific medications for high blood pressure, thyroid, or antihistamines; contact lens wearers, or anyone who has had laser refractive surgery or cataract surgery. A full list can be viewed on our website under services – Calgary Dry Eye clinic.
Signs and symptoms include any of the following: redness, itching, burning or stringing sensation, sandy/gritty feeling in the eyes, tearing during the day or when outdoors, light sensitivity, headaches, vision fluctuations causing blurred vision, and /or eye strain or fatigue. It’s important not to self-diagnose and start treatment. Rather see one of our Optometrists as medically necessary visits are covered by Alberta Health Care! We can design a treatment plan that is just right for you. Ask one of our Optometrists in Calgary if Xiidra® is right for you.