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What is Dry Eye?

Dry eye is an uncomfortable condition that can impact your ability to go about your day-to-day activities. When our eyes are burning, or feel scratchy or gritty, it’s hard to think about anything else.

It’s usually a chronic condition that occurs when your eyes either don’t produce enough tears or produce tears with a poor chemical composition. 

Tears play an important role in keeping your eyes hydrated and comfortable. They provide lubrication, reduce the risk of infections, and wash away debris in the eyes. 

Recent studies show that approximately 30% of Canadians suffer from dry eye-related issues. But, relief is available! 

At Finch Avenue Optometry, we’ve invested in the latest diagnostic technology to assess your eyes for dryness. When you book an eye appointment, we’ll discuss your symptoms, lifestyle, and general overall health. If you’re diagnosed with dry eye, we provide a range of treatment options, tailored to your unique situation. 

Book your appointment today to find relief.

Dry Eye Symptoms

The most common symptoms of dry eye include

  • Stinging sensation
  • Scratchy feeling
  • Gritty sensation
  • Fluctuating vision
  • Burning feeling
  • Foreign body sensation
  • Excessive watering

Start by filling out our dry eye questionnaire today, to see if your symptoms are likely the result of dry eye.

What Causes Dry Eye?

Dry eyes are caused by two main factors: inadequate tear volume and poor tear quality. Our eyes depend on a healthy and balanced tear film to stay lubricated. When we aren’t able to produce enough tears or the tears we do produce are poor quality, our eyes become dry and irritated.

Inadequate Tear Volume

Our bodies produce tears using several different glands located in and around our eyelids. As we age, our eyes aren’t able to produce as many tears as they once did, which can cause dry eyes. Some medical conditions and medications can also impact tear production.

Environmental factors can also cause dry eyes. Even if we can produce enough tears, dry air or windy weather can cause our tears to evaporate too quickly.

Tears are made up of three main ingredients: meibum (a type of oil), water, and mucin. Meibum is the outer tear layer, forming a thin protective barrier and preventing our tears from evaporating too quickly. Mucin helps our tears spread evenly across the surface of our eyes, protecting our corneas. If our tears evaporate too quickly, or our tears are not uniformly distributed, it can result in dry eyes.

Our Dry Eye Treatments

We offer several types of dry eye treatment so we can work with you to determine which approach is best for your needs.


BlephEx is a revolutionary eyelid cleaning procedure that can help reduce irritation associated with dry eye and blepharitis. The process involves using a handheld sponge to gently remove excess bacteria, biofilm, and bacterial toxins.


Meibography is a procedure used to observe the meibomian glands, which secrete oils to help keep the eyes lubricated. Using this technique, we can detect and diagnose eye conditions such as meibomian gland dysfunction and blepharitis.


Meibomian gland expression involves gently squeezing the meibomian glands to release any blockages that are impacting the production of the tear film’s oil layer. Unclogging these glands can reduce symptoms of meibomian gland dysfunction.

Meibomian Gland Expression

Anterior segment photography is a noninvasive procedure that provides high-resolution images of the front third of the eye. The images allow your optometrist to study the anterior segment structure and pinpoint any signs of an ocular surface disorder.

If you suspect you may have dry eyes, we would love to take a look for you! Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.

Anterior Segment Photography

Cynosure’s TempSure Envi is a revolutionary tool that uses radiofrequency technology to regenerate collagen. The innovative system heats deep into the skin to stimulate collagen production and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

As saggy skin around the eyes can contribute to dry eye symptoms, TempSure can also tighten the skin around the eyes and effectively reduce dryness.

TempSure Envi

Our Dry Eye Products

Thealoz Duo Preservative-Free Drops

These preservative-free eye drops contain natural substances to help hydrate and regenerate the surface of the eye. Trehalose is a sugar found in plants that survive in extremely dry conditions. It helps protect the eye from dryness.

Hyaluronic acid is naturally occurring in the body. It’s a gentle ingredient for lubricating the eye.

Thealoz Duo Preservative-Free Drops

These artificial tears offer long-lasting protection and relief from dry eye. They are suitable for contact lens wearers and don’t sting when you apply them.

HYLO Lubricating Eye Drops

These eyelid wipes contain a patented blend of tea tree and coconut oils. They soothe and cleanse the eyelids, helping to moisturize and remove debris.

Blephadex Science-Based Lid Wipes

This mask improves the function of your meibomian glands, allowing oil to flow freely and stabilize the tear film. It is anti-bacterial and non-allergenic, as well as washable and reusable.

Bruder Eye Compress Moist Heat

Omega-3 fatty acids can help to reduce inflammation, a contributor to dry eye. They also improve meibomian gland function. This liquid is a natural lemon/lime flavour.

Omega Essentials High Potency Liquid

Blephagel is a hypoallergenic, preservative-free gel for cleaning eyelids and eyelashes. Keeping the entire eye area free from debris and bacteria can alleviate dry eye.



Some of Our Services

Where to Find Us

We have been serving the Greater Toronto Area since 1995. Our clinic is right on the corner of Finch Avenue West and Endell Street.

Our Address

244 Finch Avenue West
Toronto, ON M2R 1M7

Contact Information

Phone: (416) 222-7788
Text: (647) 370-2673
Fax: (416) 222-5370
[email protected]

Hours of Operations

9 AM5 PM
11 AM7 PM
8 AM4 PM
9 AM5 PM
8 AM4 PM
8 AM2 PM
Our office remains locked during office hours and all visits are currently by appointment only.
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