Advanced Eye Care

Dry eye clinic

Dry eye is a condition being diagnosed and managed more often these days. Not only is this condition found in an older population group but also in young age groups due to increased use of technology and decreased blink rate. This leads to an unstable tear film and therefore causing dry eye syndrome from digital eye strain. This condition can also arise from genetic corneal disorders, blepharitis, environmental factors and systemic conditions. Our clinic is equipped with various tests and the latest technology that allows us to better assess the tear film and diagnose the root cause of the dry eye. Special dyes are used primarily in making the diagnosis. Once diagnosed we can better determine the best form of treatment as each form of dry eye various from person to person. It is important to note that dry eye syndrome is a chronic condition and if not caught early enough will get worse and become harder to treat/manage. If symptoms of burning, itching, redness, tearing, or the feeling of sandy/gritty are experienced, it is important to have your ocular health assessed for dry eye syndrome as soon as possible to prevent worsening of the condition.

Ocular disease/emergencies

As eye care providers, the ocular health of our patients is extremely important. Our clinic is equipped with the latest technology to rule out ocular conditions that are considered ocular emergencies versus ocular diseases. Please note if you are experiencing symptoms such as sudden red eyes, pain, sudden blurry vision, flashes of light, black spots moving around (floaters), sudden loss of vision, foreign body sensation, or any other symptoms that are causing any form of discomfort an urgent visit to an optometrist is deemed necessary.

Ocular Nutrition

Having a healthy balance diet that includes eating leafy greens and oily fish (rich in omega 3’s) is important not only for your body health but also eye health. Foods and supplements rich in lutein and zeaxanthin are important for your macula, the part of the retina that provides your clear central vision. This is also the area where age related macular degeneration (AMD) develops and causes the loss of central vision. If AMD runs in your family, it is important to ask your optometrist about eating healthy and ocular supplementation to prevent and/or delay progression of AMD early in life. AMD is genetic but if caught early can be delayed. For those with AMD, you should already be taking some form of ocular supplementation to delay further progression. Please ask our optometrist which vitamins/ocular supplements may work best for you.