To our patients:

Due to COVID-19 our office is closed until further notice.

We will continue to monitor the situation and follow the guidelines of the College of Optometrists of Ontario and the Province of Ontario.

Our staff will contact you to reschedule your appointments.

We are committed and focussed on your health as well as the health of our staff. If you have an ocular emergency, please call our office number between 10:00 am -1:00pm Monday to Thursday to leave a message explaining your ocular emergency. We will contact you as soon as we can and schedule you an urgent appointment or provide direction if you need to be seen by a specialist or go to the hospital.

We thank everyone for their patience during this time.
Dry eye refers to the lack of normal lubricating tears in your eyes.

Dry eyes are usually caused by reduced tear production and/or incorrect tear fluid composition. Dry eye can be a chronic condition, most often related to aging. People over age 50 have dramatically increased rates of dry eye, and post menopausal women are especially at risk due to hormone changes.

Dry eye can also be triggered by:

Environmental conditions: Sun, wind, smog, smoke, dry climate, high altitude, air-conditioning, prolonged work at a computer or other tasks providing eye strain or reduced blinking.

Diseases: Asthma, diabetes, blepharitis, Sjogren’s syndrome.

Medications: antihistamines, antibiotics, anti-diarrheals, decongestants, diuretics, anti-hypertensive, birth control, anti-depressant medications.

Contact Lens Wear: of those patients who discontinue contact lens wear, 50% do so because of ocular dryness and discomfort.

Symptoms: In mild cases, a slight burning sensation is common and your eyes might feel dry or scratchy or you might have a sandy/gritty sensation. In moderate to advanced dry eye, you might experience blurred vision, sensitivity to light and even uncontrolled tearing.

Treatment Options: The focus of the treatment is to alleviate symptoms since there is no cure for dry eyes. Most commonly, ocular lubricants provide adequate relief from mild to moderate dry eye. In more severe cases, lubricating gels may be recommended as they usually have a longer lasting effect. Other medicated eye drops may be prescribed, if available, such as Restasis which is used twice daily to increase production of the body’s own tears. Results usually take weeks to months.

Supplements such as Omega-3 fish oil (usually 3x/day as per formulation ~100-300mg EPA & 50-200mg DHA) or Flax Seed Oil (~2-3g of oil taken 3 times a day) have been shown to be effective dry eye treatment in some patients in which an inflammatory component may be contributing to the dryness.

Punctal Plugs are also a method of treating dry eyes. Their goal is to keep the tears you do produce in the eye by reducing their natural drainage. Punctal plugs can be temporary or permanent.