New Tecumseth Optometry Clinic
4 Victoria St E Alliston ON L9R 1T4 (705) 435-2020

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Alliston, ON
(705) 435-2020
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Dry eye disease is very common in Canada, especially in the higher prairies and mountainous provinces. It is so prevalent that it is estimated that one out of every three Canadians experience some degree of dry eyes. Many of these occurrences can be easily treated with over the counter eye drops, however there are some levels of dry eyes that does require some form of medical intervention.
In most cases of intervention, the dry eyes are associated with a risk factor. Such risks include:

  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid issues
  • Damaged tear ducts from trauma

In addition, sometimes severe dry eyes can be attributed to tears not being properly formulated and evaporate too quickly from the surface of the eyes. This is commonly called aqueous tear-deficient dry eye, and is attributed to the lacrimal glands in the periphery of the eye socket having some sort of disease, deficiency, or malformation.

Symptoms of Dry Eyes

Common dry eyes usually present with:

  • Red, itchy eye surfaces
  • Excessive tearing to moisten the eye
  • Itchiness in the inner corner of the eye by the tear ducts
  • Heavy eyelids
  • Gritty feeling when blinking
  • In cases of severe dry eyes, it is not uncommon for there to be a burning sensation on the surface of the eye, sudden and exceptional eye fatigue such as when reading from a computer screen or book, and a stringy, sticky discharge from the eye.

Dry eyes are also not uncommon after eye surgery, including lens replacement surgery and LASIK procedures. In these cases, eye drops are usually prescribed to assist the body’s natural tearing to re-moisten the eye.

Treatment of Dry Eyes

By far the most common treatment of dry eyes is via over the counter eye drops that are formulated to resemble natural tears. Using these eye drops as necessary should not have any adverse effects, however, as with all medications, over use may lead to negative side effects.
In cases of severe dry eye, a drug known as cyclosporine may be prescribed. It is the only known medication specifically meant to treat dry eye, by reducing inflammation, promoting tear production, and helping manage symptoms of dry eyes. As well, corticosteroid anti-inflammatory eye drops may be used should the dry eye present as inflammation in the eyelid and on the surface of the eye.
In rare cases, including where tear ducts are damaged by trauma or disease, a surgery known as a punctual cautery can be performed, where some drainage ducts from the eyes are permanently closed, to allow what natural tears that are produced to stay on the surface of the eye longer.

What You'll Find at New Tecumseth Optometry

Our clinic is completely wheelchair accessible and has been recently renovated to update our exam and testing rooms. You’ll also find our eyewear boutique showing off many of the latest styles of frames and sunglasses from trendy new brands, as well as your old favourites from brands you already love.

Thanks to our on-site lab, we are able to significantly reduce the lead time between when you receive your prescription and when your new set of glasses or sunglasses are ready. Using our Optics Lab, we are better able to monitor quality of the lenses and frames that we offer our patients and clients.

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.
Click here to learn more about OCT Imaging

Location Information

We are located in the heart of Alliston.
Found on the corner of Church St N and Victoria St E, our clinic is easy to find. If you are unfamiliar with the area, we are across the street from the Alliston Library, and just east of the Bank of Montreal.

Free parking is available behind the Dollar Store as well as the Town Square.


4 Victoria St E
Alliston, ON L9R 1T4

Contact Information

Phone: (705) 435-2020
Fax: (705) 435-5031
  • Monday: 8:30am - 5pm
  • Tuesday: 8:30am - 8pm
  • Wednesday: 8:30am - 8pm
  • Thursday: 8:30am - 8pm
  • Friday: 9:30am - 5pm
  • Saturday: 8am - 1pm
  • Sunday: Closed
  • Dr. Hani Amarnath
  • Dr. John Peacock
  • And Associates
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