Dry Eye Therapy at St. Clair Eye Clinic in Toronto

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Relief For Dry Eye Is Available

We often take our eyes for granted until they’re uncomfortable. A leading cause of ocular discomfort is dry eye disease. Dry eyes are common and are often part of the normal aging process. But lifestyle factors and environmental conditions can play a role in the development of dry eye too!

Dry eye is usually a chronic condition, and while it cannot be cured, there are effective ways to manage it. Relief is available, and St. Clair Eye Clinic can help. Book an appointment to discuss your dry eye symptoms today.

Dry Eye Diagnosis

If you have symptoms of dry eye disease, your optometrist will discuss your health history and current environmental conditions with you. Determining the cause of your dry eye disease will inform the treatment we proceed with.

Some of the more common symptoms of dry eye include:

  • Burning sensation
  • Stringy discharge
  • Gritty or scratchy sensation
  • Feeling like something is stuck in your eye
  • Redness
  • Excessive watering
  • Blurry vision

Tears are essential for protecting and hydrating your eyes. Dry eye disease occurs when a layer of the tear film is out of balance. The 3 main components of the tear film are the mucus layer, oil layer, and water layer.

If there is not enough mucus, the tears will not adhere to the eyes. When you don’t produce enough of the water layer, there simply are not enough tears. If the oil layer is lacking, the tears might evaporate too quickly.

Blockages in the glands that produce the oil layer, known as the meibomian glands, can also lead to dry eye disease.

Blepharitis or Dry Eye?

Blepharitis is a condition characterized by inflammation of the eyelids. Sore, red eyelids and crusty eyelashes are common signs of blepharitis. 

Bacteria grow along the margins of the eyelids, multiplying and creating a biofilm. Mites can feed on the biofilm and lead to even more mites that worsen eyelid inflammation. If the biofilm leads to inflammation and blockages of the meibomian glands, dry eye symptoms can be exacerbated.

The condition happens alongside dry eye disease so often that it is often difficult to sort out which one came first. Treating blepharitis can also reduce the symptoms associated with dry eye disease.

Eyelid Hygiene Is Important Too!

At St. Clair Eye Clinic, we offer an in-office eyelid cleaning procedure that can help with dry eye, particularly if blepharitis is the cause of your dry eye. Blephex cleans the eyelid margins and removes bacteria and biofilm. The procedure is short and helps you remain symptom-free with regular treatments.

Most patients find the treatment painless, just a bit ticklish. A soft, medical-grade micro-sponge spins along your eyelid margins, removing accumulated debris

Blephex treatments are an excellent preventative tool for dry eye when incorporated as a routine part of eye care.

What Should You Do About Dry Eye?

The best way to begin your journey to dry eye relief is to contact your optometrist. Many treatment options exist for dry eye – St. Clair Eye Clinic can walk you through the best one for your particular circumstance. Book your appointment today!

Our Location

Our office is conveniently located on the corner of St. Clair Ave West and Atlas Avenue in mid-town Toronto


  • 822 St Clair Ave W
  • Toronto, ON M6C 1C1



  • Monday: 9:30 AM 6:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:30 AM 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:30 AM 6:30 PM
  • Thursday: 9:30 AM 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:30 AM 4:30 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM 3:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

Our Services

Comprehensive Eye Exams for the Whole Family

Dry Eye Treatment to Refresh Your Vision

Immediate Response for Emergency Eye Care

Glaucoma Management

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