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Dry Eye Clinic

Welcome to Our Dry Eye Clinic

Summerland Optometry has a customized approach to diagnosing and treating dry eye disease with both in office procedures and at home treatment options.

Traditionally, we’ve provided many at home treatment options for our patients including; preservative free lubricating eye drops, warm compresses, prescription eye drops, eyelid cleaners, omega 3 fatty acids, and hypochlorous sprays. Many people find great relief from these options, but unfortunately, for many patients, these traditional treatments are not enough to alleviate their symptoms.

Fortunately, there are new treatments available. Our newest in office procedures include IPL (Intense-Pulse Light), RF (RadioFrequency) and BlephEx Lid Exfoliation.


Take our dry eye quiz to help identify your symptoms.

15+: severe dry eye

11-15: moderate dry eye

8-11: mild dry eye

*The score is out of 22

Diagnosing Dry Eye

Dry eye disease is a multifactorial dysfunction of the ocular surface characterized by a loss of homeostasis of the tear film. With a series of targeted diagnostic tests and a careful case history, we can better determine the cause(s) of your dry eye.

We use the MediWorks Dry Eye Diagnostic System during our dry eye assessment which includes:

Meibography is a technique we use to photograph the meibomian glands to detect meibomian gland dysfunction, a disorder that affects 86% of people with dry eye.

There are three layers of tear film including the mucin layer, the lipid (oil) layer and the aqueous (tear) layer

Imaging the lid margins detects Demodex, Blepharitis and Ocular Rosacea

After completing our Dry Eye Assessment, our team will work with you to find an individual treatment plan to help improve your symptoms and comfort.


Dry Eye Treatments

We are excited to bring in new technology from InMode– Forma-I Radiofrequency (RF) and Lumecca Intense pulse light (IPL) to offer in-office treatments for dry eye. These are non-invasive, efficient and effective treatments using state of the art technology.

IN MODE Lumecca Intense Pulse Light (IPL) treatment

MODE Lumecca Intense Pulse Light (IPL) treatment works to control inflammation. IPL treats ocular rosacea, meibomian gland dysfunction, and inflammatory dry eye. IPL delivers high intensity light to the skin which is used by dermatologists to treat pigmented and vascular lesions.

For our dry eye patients, we use a custom designed handpiece which allows us to treat around the eyelids. When IPL is used around the eyelids, it directly targets the small blood vessels of the eyelids which are causing chronic inflammation. It has also been shown to decrease demodex and bacteria load on the eyelids. This increases the function of the meibomian glands, thereby leading to better oil production and a reduction in dry eye symptoms.

The Benefits of IPL

• Reduction in dry eye symptoms, targeting the inflammatory component of dry eye
• Reduction in age spots
• Reduction in small blood vessels on the face ‘spider veins” commonly seen in rosacea
• Reduced freckles
• Reduced sunspots

It has been recently approved by Health Canada as a safe effective treatment for blepharitis, ocular rosacea and dry eyes.

Radio frequency (RF)

Radio frequency (RF) is a non-invasive skin treatment that has been used in dermatology for decades.

It delivers targeted heat to the deeper layers of the skin. This reduces fine lines and wrinkles and stimulates new collagen and elastin production. Improving the skins overall appearance.

For our dry eye patients we treat both the upper and lower eyelids. RF delivers targeted heat to the meibomian glands which melts away any blockages and greatly enhances their function. Poorly functioning meibomian glands are one of the biggest causes of dry eye disease.

The main benefits of RF are:

• Safely heating meibomian glands for expressions
• Tightening existing collagen at the dermal level
• Stimulating the production of NEW collagen in the deeper dermis

The Forma Eye has also been recently approved by Health Canada as a safe and clinically proven treatment for dry eye.

Bleph Ex

BlephEx Treatment is a painless in-office procedure that cleans the eyelid.

It uses a spinning medical grade micro-sponge along the edge of your eyelids and lashes, removing scurf and debris and exfoliating your eyelids. It will commonly be added to your treatment plan if there is a bacterial or demodex mite infestation of your eyelids. It also does a great job of cleaning the meibomian gland openings, allowing the meibum (oil) to flow freely.


Demodex are tiny mites that commonly reside in our hair follicles and sebaceous glands.

The cause of chronic blepharitis can sometimes be secondary to a Demodex infestation of the eyelid follicles. Your optometrist will be able tell by examining your eyelashes if there is an overpopulation of the demodex mites.

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V0H 1Z0;
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Summerland Optometry
13225 N Victoria Road
Summerland, BC
V0H 1Z0
Tel: 250 494-9266