Book an AppointmentOrder Contact Lenses

Dry Eye Disease

Our eye doctors at North Toronto Medical Optometry and Vision care believe that the importance of effectively diagnosing and managing dry eye disease (DED) cannot be overstated. We have come to understand that dry eye and ocular surface diseases are chronic and progressive in nature, and that early detection and initiation of treatment is essential for prevention of further advancement. Ocular surface disease, now being viewed by many eye care practitioners, is being seen like glaucoma. Therefore, missing the diagnosis can lead to serious, long-term consequences.

At North Toronto Medical Optometry and Vision Care, our proactive eye doctors take the time to educate our patients on the chronic nature of dry eye disease and the importance of compliance with doctor’s recommendations for successful management of the disease. We tailor our dry eye treatments for each patient based on guidelines set by the DEWS II report.

Take the Dry Eye Test

What is the dry eye disease?

Computer Vision Syndrome

Computer Vision Syndrome

Computer vision syndrome, or digital eye strain, is becoming an increasingly common condition. People who spend more than 4 hours a day in front of a computer screen either at home or at work may experience symptoms like blurred vision, irritated eyes, headaches, excessive tearing, or dry eyes.

If you're concerned about computer vision syndrome, talk to our eye doctors at North Toronto Medical Optometry and Vision Care for some pointers and recommendations that can help.

Suggestions might include:

  • 20-20-20 Rule: Every 20 minutes, stop and take a 20 second break from your computer screen and focus on something at least 20 feet away from you. Looking out a window is usually the easiest.
  • Blinking: Computer users have been shown to have a decreased blink rate or incomplete blinks, which can lead to dry eyes. During your 20-second break remember to practice complete blinks. The sequence is as follows:
    • Close your eyes– Pause – Pause – Open your eyes – Relax eye muscles Close your eyes – Pause – Pause – gently Squeeze eyelids – Open your eyes – Relax eye muscles

Need an eye exam? Request an appointment online.