Georgian Bay Optometry Clinic
1026 Mosley St Wasaga Beach ON L9Z 2G7 (705) 422-0020
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Wasaga Beach, ON
(705) 422-0020
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Dry Eye Therapy

What is Dry Eye?

Up to 30% of Canadians experience dry eye symptoms at any given time. Dry eye occurs when your eyes do not receive sufficient lubrication; your body does not produce enough tears, or the quality of the tears it does produce is low.

Dry eye may be intermittent, seasonal, or ongoing.

Dry Eye Symptoms

Dry eye can be hard to pin down at first because some of its symptoms mimic other eye conditions.

Symptoms of dry eye include:

  • Dry eyes
  • A burning sensation, especially when you close your eyes
  • Inability to produce tears when crying
  • Poor vision quality
  • Red eyes and eyelids
  • Eye fatigue, heavy eyelids
  • Slimy mucus around the eye

Dry is caused by one of two things: lack of tears, or tears of poor quality that evaporate too quickly.

Insufficient Tear Production

  • Ageing
  • Medical conditions (notably, diabetes)
  • Medications
  • Surgical eye procedures, including laser refractive surgery
  • Restricted tear glands (inflammation, physical damage)

Tear Evaporation

  • Environmental conditions, such as haze, smoke, poor air quality, lack of humidity, or wind
  • Staring intensely at an object for long periods of time (working at a computer, reading a book, etc.)

Diagnosing & Treating Dry Eye

To obtain a diagnosis all that is required is a general examination, though we may test for tear quantity and quality.

Symptom Management

Management of dry eye is dependent on the cause. Depending on the cause of your dry eye, treatment may take weeks or months to show positive change.

Treatments include:

  • Eye drops – artificial tears, anti-inflammatories, antibiotics, or corticosteroids
  • Medications that stimulate tear production (may be taken orally or applied as eye drops/gels)
  • Oral medication or antibiotics

Most people will experience symptoms of dry eye at one point or another during their lifetimes. Many people find varying levels of relief by making some small lifestyle and behaviour changes, including:

  • Following the 20/20/20 rule when using digital displays – Every 20 minutes look at something 20 feet (or more) away for 20 seconds. This reduces digital eye strain and may assist in relieving your dry eye symptoms
  • Frequent blinking – Given that the cause of dry eye is poor lubrication, blinking more frequently can help prevent symptoms from developing; if you have poor quality tears, this may only have limited effectiveness
  • Look at other causes, such as medications – Some medications, such as birth control, antihistamines, antidepressants, and others can have side effects that mimic the symptoms of dry eye
  • Supplementing omega-3 fatty acids into your diets – Certain foods – such as many types of fish – contain omega-3 fatty acids. Studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids can improve tear production and quality.

When looking for the cause of your dry eye, a good place to start is by assessing any medications you are taking. Many medications – including antihistamines – can cause dry eye symptoms as a side effect.

What You'll Find at Georgian Bay Optometry Clinic

Many people still think that they need to commute to Barrie or the GTA to get the eye care they need. Our clinic - located in Wasaga Beach - has the equipment and staff needed to conduct comprehensive eye exams, specialized diagnostic testing, dress eyewear and sunglass styling and fitting, contact lens fittings, and more. Visit us in-store to see what we can do for you.

Our Optometrists are local to the Wasaga Beach area and are raising their own families here. Many eye diseases are best treated when caught and addressed early. For this reason, we stress the importance of preventative eye care for all family members.

At NTOC we have advanced imaging equipment called the Cirrus HD-OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography). The OCT not only takes pictures of the eye, it can also take direct cross-sectional images of the retina and optic nerve thereby screening for eye disease such as macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease, and glaucoma. It is a very useful tool for early diagnosis and management of eye disease.
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Georgian Bay Optometry Clinic

We are on the corner of Mosley St and 22nd St N. Our clinic is completely wheelchair accessible.

Address

1026 Mosley St
Wasaga Beach, ON L9Z 2G7

Contact Information

Phone: (705) 422-0020
Fax: (705) 422-0120
  • Monday: 10am - 6pm
  • Tuesday: 9am - 5pm
  • Wednesday: 12pm - 8pm
  • Thursday: 9am - 5pm
  • Friday: Call to Confirm
  • Saturday: Call to Confirm
  • Sunday: Closed
  • Dr. Anna Dionisio
  • Dr. John Peacock
  • Dr. Hari Amarnath
  • And Associates
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