Shuswap Optometric Center

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Our team at Shuswap Optometric Centre knows the effect dry eyes can have on your quality of life. Whether you’re hiking on your favourite trail or working hard at your desk, dry eyes can greatly affect how you enjoy the things you love most.

We want you to take back control of your eye comfort, so we’ve adopted leading dry eye treatments from around the globe. With our help, you can regain eye comfort so you can focus on what matters most to you.

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What is Dry Eye?

Dry eye syndrome is a chronic condition that affects the production of certain nutrients in your tears. To determine the underlying cause of your symptoms, make sure you visit our eye care team.

There are 2 common types of dry eye: aqueous tear deficiency (lack of water in your tears) or evaporative dry eye (lack of oils in your tears). These conditions affect your tear film, a fluid layer on your eyes’ surface responsible for keeping them comfortable and hydrated.

There are 3 layers in your tear film:

The Mucous Layer

The mucous layer is the tear film’s innermost layer, responsible for ensuring the rest of your tear film stays fastened to the surface of your eye. It is produced by your conjunctiva goblet cells.

The water layer, found sandwiched between the mucous and oil layers, ensures your eyes stay hydrated. Water is produced by your lacrimal glands, which is just above your eyelid.

The oil layer, or lipid layer, is the outermost layer responsible for sealing in the rest of the tears film, which prevents it from evaporating. The oil layer is produced by your meibomian glands, tiny glands found around the margins of your eyelid.

Causes & Symptoms

Dry eyes can occur for many reasons, and the symptoms you experience could be different from what another person experiences. Nevertheless, some of the most common causes and symptoms of dry eyes include:

  • Burning, stinging, and gritty sensations in and around your eye
  • Stringy discharge
  • Redness
  • Wateriness
  • Blurry vision
  • Light sensitivity

Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

One of the most common causes of dry eyes is meibomian gland dysfunction. At Shuswap Optometric, we have several treatments dedicated to managing its symptoms.

Meibomian gland dysfunction occurs when small blockages form in your meibomian glands, preventing them from producing the oil your tear film needs. The risk of meibomian gland dysfunction increases with age and is often associated with the development of blepharitis, a condition that causes eyelid inflammation and dry eye symptoms.

We can help you manage your symptoms thanks to our range of treatments, including specialty treatments like Blephex, Blephadex, and Bruder masks.

Our Treatments

Blephex

Blephex is used as a treatment for conditions like meibomian gland dysfunction and blepharitis. Blephex is a tool that uses a spinning soft-bristled brush to clear away obstructions found in your meibomian glands.

Depending on your particular case, you may need this treatment multiple times to maintain your eye comfort.

Eyelid hygiene is a big part of managing dry eyes. Blephadex is medicated wipes used to gently clean blockages in your meibomian glands. Like Blephex, you may need to have multiple treatments throughout the year so you can maintain your eye comfort.

Blephadex wipes are so easy to use that you may be able to perform the treatment at home! Please speak to our doctors before purchasing Blephadex online or over the counter.

Bruder masks are heated eye compresses. They are placed gently on closed eyes to help melt blockages in your meibomian glands, allowing your tear film to produce the oils it needs to seal in the rest of your tear film.

One of the most common ways to treat dry eyes is with medicated or specialty eye drops. These eye drops are not available to the general public, and you may need a prescription. The types of eye drops we use include:

Clear Away Your Dry Eyes Today

Our team is ready to help you find dry eye solutions that suit your needs and lifestyle. If you’re struggling with dry eye symptoms, please book an appointment with us today!

Our Locations

Shuswap Optometric Centre

How To Find Us
From the Trans-Canada Highway, turn on to Alexander Street NE going south and take your immediate right into our spacious parking lot. Accessible parking spaces are available.

Contact Information

Address

3-160 Trans-Canada HWY NE
Salmon Arm, BC V1E 1V4

Hours of Operations

Monday
8 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8 AM8 PM
Wednesday
8 AM5 PM
Thursday
8 AM5 PM
Friday
8 AM5 PM
Saturday
8 AM2 PM
Sunday
Closed

Chase Optometric Centre

How To Find Us
Our clinic is located on Shuswap Avenue, right across the street from Thompson-Nicola Regional Library and Western Financial Group.

Contact Information

Address

633 Shuswap Avenue
Chase, BC V0E 1M0

Hours of Operations

Monday
8:30 AM4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM4:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM4:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM4:30 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

We’re closed for lunch from 12:00pm to 1:00pm every day.

How To Find Us
From the Trans-Canada Highway, turn on to Alexander Street NE going south and take your immediate right into our spacious parking lot. Accessible parking spaces are available.

Contact Information

Address

3-160 Trans-Canada HWY NE
Salmon Arm, BC V1E 1V4

Hours of Operations

Monday
8 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8 AM8 PM
Wednesday
8 AM5 PM
Thursday
8 AM5 PM
Friday
8 AM5 PM
Saturday
8 AM2 PM
Sunday
Closed

How To Find Us
Our clinic is located on Shuswap Avenue, right across the street from Thompson-Nicola Regional Library and Western Financial Group.

Contact Information

Address

633 Shuswap Avenue
Chase, BC V0E 1M0

Hours of Operations

Monday
8:30 AM4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM4:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM4:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM4:30 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

We’re closed for lunch from 12:00pm to 1:00pm every day.

Our Services

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