Updated: Mar 2, 2021
OK everyone. I have to admit, I am super excited!
For those of you who know me in real life, you know I struggle to find medical professionals who are knowledgeable about Sjogren's. It's increasingly frustrating when I need to teach the doctors about my own disease.
But, I have good news, I finally found a dry eye specialist in Calgary and I am SO happy about it! 😁
I met Dr. Sal at the Market Mall Eye Clinic. Dr. Sal and his team are dedicated to helping individuals who suffer from dry eye disease(s). Of course, dry eye diseases can occur for many reasons, ranging from medications to illness.
Of course, as Sjogren's patients, we know all too well just how debilitating dry eyes can be. Which is any it's so important to have your eyes checked regularly.
While most Sjogren's patients see an Ophthalmologist, I do still recommend seeing an optometrist to help manage your eye health.
Why do I recommend Dr. Sal?
Well for one, he knows all about Sjogren's. As I've mentioned before, it can be hard to find a medical professional who really knows a lot about Sjogren's. Trust me, Dr. Sal is knowledgeable and excited to help.
Secondly, he specializes in dry eye treatment. I visited his clinic and he has all levels of treatment options available. He will teach you about eye health and daily eye routines which may include eye drops, ointments, heat masks, supplements. He also has treatment options for more severe dry eyes including Bleph-ex (for blepharitis), punctal plugs, sclaral lenses, Lipiflow, I-Lux, and IPL (Intense Light Pulse) treatments.
Thirdly, Dr. Sal and his team have completed additional training on dry eyes, moreso than your regular optometrist. Dr. Sal and his team are involved in research and development of treatment for dry eye diseases. I know he is one of the first practitioners in Canada to be offering IPL treatments, and he is working with Doctors from the UK and Brazil on co-studies.
You can learn more at the Market Mall Eye Clinic Website here.
For all my Alberta followers, especially those living here in Calgary, If you plan to see Dr. Sal, don't forget to mention my name for a discount on the Dry Eye Assessment. Tell him "Heather from the Sjogren's Society of Canada sent me"
Health and Happiness,