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What Is Dry Eye?

Dry eye is a common condition that occurs when your eyes are not receiving sufficient lubrication. It is estimated that up to 30% of the Canadian population lives with dry eye.

Symptoms of Dry Eye

Many of the symptoms of dry eye mimic other eye conditions – such as conjunctivitis – and are often ignored or improperly attributed as a result.

Symptoms include:

  • Light sensitivity
  • Scratchy, itchy eyes
  • Degraded vision quality, blurred vision
  • Red eyes/eyelids
  • Uncomfortable mucus around your eyes
  • Eye fatigue
Testing for Dry Eye

Dry eyes are typically diagnosed via a comprehensive eye exam. In some cases, we may also measure the quantity and quality of your tears to dive further into what’s causing your dry eye symptoms.

Dry Eye Management & Treatments

In most cases, the symptoms of dry eye can be effectively managed. If you aren’t seeing relief from your dry eye symptoms, we encourage you to book an eye exam so that we can get you started on your treatment.

Doctor-Assisted Treatment Options

After diagnosis, our Optometrist will provide a recommended course of treatment. Note that the results of dry eye treatment often takes weeks (or sometimes months) to begin to demonstrate their effectiveness. We know it is frustrating, but patience is key.

Treatments include:

  • Oral anti-inflammatory medication or antibiotics
  • Eye drops – Antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, and corticosteroids
  • Artificial tears (in the form of eye drops)
  • Medication to stimulate tear production (oral, eye drops, or gels)
  • Specially-designed contact lenses
Lifestyle Factors that Influence Dry Eye

There are medical studies that suggest that supplementing your diet with omega-3 fatty acids may decrease dry eye symptoms. While not all patients respond to dietary supplementation, we have had success and still recommend it in addition to your ongoing treatments.

Sources of omega-3 fatty acids include fish and flaxseed oil, though you can buy gel/oil supplements as well.

Next Steps

More Information About Dry Eye

At-Home Dry Eye Symptom Relief Options

You can try a few process and lifestyle techniques that may help alleviate your dry eye. These include:

  • 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

Learning More About Dry Eye

Given its prevalence, dry eye is a well documented and investigated eye condition. Due to the way dry eye is classified it cannot be “cured”, but its symptoms can be treated. Dry eye may be ongoing, one-time, intermittent, or all of the above throughout your lifetime.

Many Canadians experience dry eye and live through its symptoms. If you’re one of them, we encourage you to come talk to us.

NTOC Testimonials

  • Since 2004, Dr. Peacock and Dr. Amarnath of NTOC have very capably managed my eye care needs in conjunction with my Ophthalmologist. As a regular patient at their clinic, I can attest to their competence and to their hightech equipment. The NTOC Optometrists have an excellent working relationship with the two Ophthalmologists who have privileges at Stevenson Memorial Hospital. This is so important to their patients who are determined to require the next level of eye care. Their staff are very pleasant, friendly and helpful. NTOC is a great place to entrust your eyes.

    J.J. Paul Whiteside, CMA, FCMA, Alliston

  • Dr. Amarnath and Dr. Peacock have been more than accommodating under both our planned and emergency situations. NTOC always provides flexible options and they are always happy to see us. Each visit is a very positive experience. The services and products they provide are comprehensive, but not high-pressured, and they provide service and guarantees that are much higher than industry standards. We totally enjoy and appreciate being their patients and recommend NTOC without reservation.

    Maryann & Gordon Foy, Alliston

  • When I experienced a serious eye condition in 2006, I was very impressed with the knowledge, expertise, and quick response by Dr. Amarnath and his team at NTOC. I was referred to an eye specialist the very same day, and my follow-up care was thorough and efficient, even to this day. This team works with absolute professionalism, and I would highly recommend them to my family and friends.

    Gregg Fullarton, Cookstown

  • I have been a patient of Dr. Peacock since 2002, and find him to be very competent and thorough. Dr.Peacock genuinely listens to any concerns I have about my eyes, and takes the time to enquire with interest about my family. His team is always pleasant, polite and helpful, making me feel very comfortable when I visit the clinic.

    Patricia Murphy, New Tecumseth

  • I was very impressed with my first visit. From the moment I walked in, the staff was more than friendly and she did her best to explain procedures and tests that would be done today. I am a very nervous eye patient and Dr. Peacock did everything to ease my tensions and explain all procedures. When choosing my glasses, I felt very confident in her suggestions and was very pleased with the time taken to ensure the correct choice and fit. All in all, I am thrilled with my choice of optometrist office. And, I look forward to my next visit. Something I have never experienced before. Thank you.

    Merry Clayton, New Tecumseth