What is Dry Eye?

The tears on the surface of our eyes act as a barrier to keep out irritants and to keep our vision clear. If your eyes feel scratchy or irritated, you may be experiencing dry eye. This happens when the eye does not produce the appropriate quantity and/or quality of tears.

Some people wonder how they can have dry eye if their eyes are watering. But overly wet eyes can still be a sign of dry eye, as your eyes may be producing tears with the wrong balance of ingredients.

What causes Dry Eye?

Some of the most common causes of dry eye include:

  • environmental allergies
  • exposure to dry air due to weather or heating/air conditioning
  • diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, Sjorgren’s syndrome, lupus, and thyroid disease
  • eyelid conditions like blepharitis
  • side effects of certain medications
  • ageing

Common Symptoms of Dry Eye

An imbalanced tear film can cause:

  • light sensitivity
  • intermittent blurry vision
  • redness
  • excessive tearing
  • stinging, burning, or gritty sensations


Some of the most common causes of dry eyes include:

  • allergies
  • diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, Sjorgren’s syndrome, lupus, and thyroid disease
  • conditions like blepharitis or meibomian gland dysfunction
  • medications
  • ageing
  • poorly fitted contact lenses

How We Can Help

We offer a range of different treatments to relieve the discomfort of dry eye:

  • non-prescription artificial tears – high-quality, preservative-free artificial tears to keep your eyes moist
  • prescription eye drops – specifically designed to treat dry eye
  • eyelid care – lid cleaning wipes to help keep your eyelids free of bacteria causing irritation
  • warm compress masks – to help improve the quality of the tears
  • omega-3 nutrient supplements – for long-term improvement of the tear film

 If home treatment is not enough, we can also discuss in-office treatments to help with more severe cases.


Dry eye can ruin your day, but relief might be easier than you think. Finding the cause of your dry eye is the first step to successful treatment.

Where to Find Us

We’re at the corner of Bath Road and Speers Boulevard, in Heritage Square Plaza.


6 Speers Boulevard, Unit O
Amherstview, ON K7N 1Z6



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Saturdays are open on alternate weeks. Please call to confirm.

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