Dry Eye Therapy in North York

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Dry eye is an uncomfortable condition that occurs when your eyes do not produce enough tears, or the tears they produce are not high enough quality. Tears that do not have the proper chemical composition may evaporate too quickly, exacerbating symptoms of dry eye.

Additionally, a good quality tear film plays a significant role in keeping the eyes lubricated and washing away bacteria and debris.

What is the Tear Film?

The tear film is a thin layer covering the outside of the eyeball. The tear film has a similar composition to saliva, containing various enzymes designed to keep the eye moisturized.

Tears are made up of 3 layers, a thin lipid layer, a thick aqueous layer, and an innermost hydrophilic mucin layer. Each layer works together to wash away bacteria and keep tears from evaporating too quickly.

Some common symptoms of dry eye may include:

  • Red, inflamed eyes
  • A dry, irritated, or itchy feeling in one or both eyes
  • Sticky, discoloured discharge
  • Overly watery eyes
  • Sensitivity to light

Dry Eye Treatment

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

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

This innovative dry eye therapy helps liquefy and release hardened oils that could be clogging the oil-producing meibomian glands that line your eyelid margin. The treatment consists of 3 to 4 noninvasive sessions over 75 days, each session lasting only a few minutes. 

To perform this treatment, we use the Icon by Cynosure to apply a series of precisely calibrated light pulses around your eye.

We can significantly reduce or prevent dry eye symptoms by implementing good eyelid hygiene. Zocular eyelid system treatment (ZEST) is performed in-office to give you a deep and gentle eyelid exfoliation and cleaning. Using a microsponge applicator, we gently cleanse and exfoliate any dead cells or debris that can collect on the eyelid margins and contribute to irritation and inflammation.

LipiFlow is a process we perform in-office that uses heat and gentle massage to unblock the oil-producing meibomian glands that line the eyelid. The treatment is relatively noninvasive. First, we place specially-designed activators over the eyes, then heat the area to liquefy any blockages. After heating, a massaging pressure flushes away the debris. Some patients find the LipiFlow process quite relaxing as well as effective in reducing dry eye symptoms. 

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 detect any blockages causing discomfort. Additionally, the procedure can reduce symptoms of meibomian gland dysfunction by unclogging the glands.

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.

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.

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.


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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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