Dry Eye Therapy in Quebec & Ontario

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Do You Have Dry Eye Disease?

Studies estimate that approximately 30% of Canadians suffer from problems related to dry eye disease.

Dry eyes are often a normal part of the aging process. Medications, hormonal changes, lifestyle factors, or dry environments can exacerbate the problem.

There are two main types of dry eye disease: aqueous deficiency and evaporative dry eye.

Aqueous Deficiency

When your body doesn’t produce enough tears, you might have aqueous deficiency dry eye disease. It can either be caused by age, or by something more serious like Sjogren’s Syndrome, an autoimmune condition which attacks tear glands.

Evaporative dry eye syndrome is the most common cause of dry eye disease. It occurs when one of the three main layers of your tear film is out of balance.

If you don’t have enough mucus in your tears, the water won’t spread evenly over the surface of the eye. If you lack sufficient oil, water will evaporate too quickly. If you don’t have enough water, well, your eyes will probably be dry.

Maybe It’s The Meibomian Glands

If you have evaporative dry eye syndrome, you might also have meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). Your eyelids have tiny glands along their edges called meibomian glands. These glands are responsible for producing the oil layer of the tear film.

If the glands are blocked, there might not be enough oil in your tears to hold water on the surface of the eye. In such cases, your tears can evaporate too quickly and your eyes can become dry.

Dry Eye or Allergies?

Dry eye disease and allergies have many of the same or similar symptoms. So how can you be sure that you have dry eye disease instead of just allergies?

Extreme itchiness is generally an allergy symptom, whereas foreign body sensation is more commonly associated with dry eye disease. While you might feel an itch or burn in both cases, allergies usually don’t come with a feeling that something is stuck in your eye.

The best way to determine for sure whether it’s allergies or dry eye disease is to visit your optometrist. During a comprehensive eye exam, your optometrist will evaluate your symptoms and help you determine the underlying cause of any discomfort.

Treatment for Dry Eye Disease

At LMC Optometry, we offer a variety of different treatments for dry eye disease. Your optometrist will recommend the best one for your particular case. Here are just a few of the treatments we offer:

Blephadex

Blephadex uses a combination of tea tree oil and coconut oil to cleanse the skin around the eyes, including lids and lashes. The products not only cleanse but soothe the area as well.

If your dry eye symptoms are a result of meibomian gland dysfunction, debridement is proven to help. Debridement treatment involves scaling the eyelids with a special tool and scraping off any accumulated debris. Once debris is removed, the meibomian glands can often do their job again.

ILUX treatment can help people whose dry eye symptoms result from meibomian gland dysfunction. The treatment involves applying heat and gentle pressure to the eyes, helping to liquefy blockages in the meibomian glands and express those blockages.

These tiny devices are no larger than a grain of rice and are inserted into tear ducts to block drainage. Punctal plugs allow the eye to retain more tears and keep moisture on the surface of the eye longer.

Punctal plugs are nearly invisible to the naked eye and can be inserted in a matter of seconds.

There are many over-the-counter options available for dry eye disease. Lubricating eye drops, also known as artificial tears, add moisture to the eye by mimicking your natural tears.

Drops are available in preservative-free form, and this type is best for people with severe dry eyes who need multiple applications each day. Ointments, which are thicker than artificial tears, are also readily available.

Make an appointment with your optometrist to discuss which type of product is best for your specific needs.

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Our Locations

Barrie

You’ll find our Barrie location in the Barrie Primary Care Campus on Bayview Drive.

Contact Information

Address

370 Bayview Dr
Barrie, ON L4N 7L3

Our Hours

Monday
Closed
Tuesday
Closed
Wednesday
9 AM5 PM
Thursday
11 AM7 PM
Friday
9 AM5 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Brampton

You’ll find our Brampton location in SmartCentres Bramport on Bovaird Drive East.

Contact Information

Address

2979 Bovaird Dr E
Brampton, ON L6S 0C6

Our Hours

Monday
9 AM5 PM
Tuesday
9 AM5 PM
Wednesday
9 AM5 PM
Thursday
9 AM5 PM
Friday
9 AM5 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Thornhill

LMC Thornhill Optometric Centre is located in the Tim Horton’s plaza, just off Steeles Avenue West.

Contact Information

Address

#5 – 1600 Steeles Ave W
Concord, ON L4K 4M2

Our Hours

Monday
8 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8 AM5 PM
Wednesday
8 AM5 PM
Thursday
8 AM5 PM
Friday
8 AM4 PM
Saturday
Closed *call for scheduling, we’re open some Saturdays!
Sunday
Closed

Ville Saint-Laurent, QC

You’ll find our Ville Saint-Laurent location at the main intersection of Trans Canada Highway and Highway 40.

Contact Information

Address

6363 Transcanadienne, Suite 238
Ville Saint-Laurent, QC H4T 1Z9

Our Hours

Monday
Call to book an appointment
Tuesday
Closed
Wednesday
Closed
Thursday
Closed
Friday
Closed
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Montreal, QC

You’ll find our Montreal location close to the Montreal Children’s Hospital, across Decarie Boulevard.

Contact Information

Address

5325 Crowley Ave, Suite 301
Montreal, QC H4A 2C6

Our Hours

Monday
Closed
Tuesday
Call to book an appointment
Wednesday
Closed
Thursday
Closed
Friday
Closed
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

You’ll find our Barrie location in the Barrie Primary Care Campus on Bayview Drive.

Contact Information

Address

370 Bayview Dr
Barrie, ON L4N 7L3

Our Hours

Monday
Closed
Tuesday
Closed
Wednesday
9 AM5 PM
Thursday
11 AM7 PM
Friday
9 AM5 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

You’ll find our Brampton location in SmartCentres Bramport on Bovaird Drive East.

Contact Information

Address

2979 Bovaird Dr E
Brampton, ON L6S 0C6

Our Hours

Monday
9 AM5 PM
Tuesday
9 AM5 PM
Wednesday
9 AM5 PM
Thursday
9 AM5 PM
Friday
9 AM5 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

LMC Thornhill Optometric Centre is located in the Tim Horton’s plaza, just off Steeles Avenue West.

Contact Information

Address

#5 – 1600 Steeles Ave W
Concord, ON L4K 4M2

Our Hours

Monday
8 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8 AM5 PM
Wednesday
8 AM5 PM
Thursday
8 AM5 PM
Friday
8 AM4 PM
Saturday
Closed *call for scheduling, we’re open some Saturdays!
Sunday
Closed

You’ll find our Ville Saint-Laurent location at the main intersection of Trans Canada Highway and Highway 40.

Contact Information

Address

6363 Transcanadienne, Suite 238
Ville Saint-Laurent, QC H4T 1Z9

Our Hours

Monday
Call to book an appointment
Tuesday
Closed
Wednesday
Closed
Thursday
Closed
Friday
Closed
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

You’ll find our Montreal location close to the Montreal Children’s Hospital, across Decarie Boulevard.

Contact Information

Address

5325 Crowley Ave, Suite 301
Montreal, QC H4A 2C6

Our Hours

Monday
Closed
Tuesday
Call to book an appointment
Wednesday
Closed
Thursday
Closed
Friday
Closed
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

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