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Waking up with Crusty, Glued Shut Eyes? Introducing BlephEx

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Imagine waking up each morning feeling like your eyes are on fire- and to top it off, your eye lids are literally glued shut! Terrifying, right? Well, for thousands of blepharitis sufferers across North America, this is a painful reality of everyday life. If you’re fortunate enough to be unfamiliar with the symptoms of blepharitis, you should know that the relentless eye lid condition often develops and occurs alongside dry eye disease. The chronic disease is caused by … [Read more...]

The Heart of the Problem in Dry Eye Disease: ‘Mr. Hyperosmolarity’

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I recently had the privilege of attending the annual American Academy of Ophthalmology conference in Chicago, IL. While there, I took notice of the (self-proclaimed) ‘talk’ of the meeting. He seemed to be an individual with a rather dry sense of humour and went by the name 'Mr. Hyperosmolarity.' Upon first glance, it was clear that the man had a special affinity for all things dry and salty. Being that I suffer from moderate dry eye myself, I took immediate notice of Mr. … [Read more...]

Is it Dry Eye Disease or Ocular Allergy?

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Spring has officially sprung! And while you’re probably welcoming the warmer weather with open arms, odds are you’re less excited about the allergies that often crop up around this time of the year. For many, spring allergies are more than just runny noses, sneezing and itchy skin. If you struggle with them, then you know that seasonal allergies can wreak havoc on your eyes. But how can you be sure if you’re afflicted by dry eye disease or seasonal allergies? It’s a … [Read more...]

The Cost of Novelty Halloween Contact Lenses

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With Halloween approaching, many of us are getting in the mood to sport a spooky costume. From dramatic make up to whacky hairstyles to coloured contacts, many Halloween enthusiasts are willing to go to great lengths in order to get their desired look. But what’s scarier than your vintage Dracula costume? Well, for one, the dangers of those over the counter, non-prescribed contact lenses used to create the illusion of red or pitch black eyes! In fact, they can have flat … [Read more...]

8 Common Medications that Cause Dry Eye Symptoms

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Most of us are aware that medications can have certain side effects such as dry mouth, fatigue and itchy skin, for example. But did you know that many medications can also cause visual issues like dry eyes and light sensitivity? On that note- could your medicine cabinet be harboring the primary cause of your dry eyes? Properly targeted prescriptions can be life-saving and crucial to quality of life; and when prescribed by a doctor, the majority of medications do more … [Read more...]

Dry Eyes? Are You Sleeping with Your Eyes Open?

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Do you suspect that you sleep with your eyes partially open? Perhaps someone has even told you that your eyelids tend to open while you sleep. Seem odd? Well, it’s actually not uncommon for people to naturally sleep with one or both eyes partially open. Scientifically known as nocturnal lagophthalmos, when your eyelids do not fully close during rest, the ocular surface is overexposed to the open atmosphere. In fact, even a hairline gap between eyelids during sleep can … [Read more...]

Eyelid Twitching: Is Dry Eye Disease to Blame?

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Eyelid twitching, also sometimes known as blepharospasm, is fairly common. You’ve probably experienced eye twitches yourself, where your upper or lower eyelid jumps and goes into a “spasm”. Sound familiar? The causes for such spasms can be various, but can include eye trauma or multiple sclerosis. However, more commonly, eye twitching indicates dry eye disease. Yes. Surprise, surprise, eyelid twitching is yet another symptom of dry eye disease. It has been shown that … [Read more...]

Fall Allergies or Dry Eye Disease?

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If you follow the news, you may already know that this autumn is expected to be especially unpleasant for allergy sufferers. The warm, dry weather has experts predicting a particularly harsh, extended fall allergy season. And whether your eyes are dry, sore, itchy or watery this time of the year, you shouldn’t automatically assume that your discomfort is being caused solely by allergies. Deciphering whether a patient has allergies or dry eye disease is one of the … [Read more...]

Should Dry Eye Sufferers Undergo Eye Lift Surgery?

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Going under the knife is never the most comfortable of affairs. However, modern society has us fearing the concept of aging naturally so much that many are tirelessly trying to deter the process. Desires to meet the media’s idealism and the struggle to find the youth fountain are concepts often so consuming, people will stop at nothing. Such an endeavor can include undergoing blepharoplasty. Commonly known as an eye lift, the optional surgery is performed merely to … [Read more...]

Are Contact Lenses Causing your Dry Eyes?

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When a contact lens wearer is having problems with their eyes, the complaint is often: “my contacts make my eyes feel so dry!” The fact is, dry eye disease is widespread among contact lens wearers; and it’s true, contacts could be directly contributing to your dry eye issues. After all, dry eye symptoms are reported by 50 to 80 percent of people who wear contacts on a regular basis. [1] Studies have also indicated that the preservatives found in many lens cleaning … [Read more...]