Dry Eye Therapy in North York

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At Empress Eye Clinic, we use technologically advanced instruments to diagnose and treat all type of Dry Eye Disease (DED) from mild to chronic and progressive.

Understanding the cause and severity of dry eye is very important to establish an effective long-term treatment plan. In this context, we first use a series of advanced dry eye assessment tests, including interferometry, NIKTBUT (None Invasive Keratograph Tear Break Up Time), Meibography, Redness Scan and Osmolarity Test.

After proper diagnosis, the treatment initiates. Depending on the cause and severity of dry eye, the treatment could include one or a combination of the following treatments:

Antibiotics, steroid eye drops, lubricating eye drops and ointments, autologous serum, warm compress, blinking exercises, cyclosporine eye drops, lifitegrast, Omega 3, punctal plugs, probing, scleral contact lenses, amniotic membrane transplant, and ILux device treatments.

Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD), is the leading cause of dry eye in most cases. ILux Device is used to express the meibomian glands to help the flow of the meibom. Treatments are quick and efficient. Targeted and well-controlled therapy in the dry eye allows immediate treatment exactly where needed.

In a clinical study reviewed by FDA, the ILux procedure significantly improved patient ocular surface disease index scores, which measures the severity of the dry eye symptoms. The analysis always showed a significant improvement in patients’ pain and discomfort, visual acuity, and meibom quality.

What is Dry Eye Syndrome? 

Dry eye syndrome is caused by a lack of lubrication and moisture on the eye’s surface. This happens when there is an issue with any of the 3 components that make up our tears:

  • An oily layer produced by the meibomian glands
  • A watery (aqueous) layer produced by the lacrimal glands 
  • A mucous layer produced in the conjunctiva of the eye

Each component of the tear film serves an essential purpose in making sure our eyes stay healthy and seeing well.

The Types of Dry Eye

There are 2 types of dry eye:

  • Evaporative dry eye occurs when there is a lack of the mucous layer in your tears, causing your tears to evaporate too quickly, drying your eyes out.
  • Aqueous tear-deficient dry eye occurs when there isn’t enough of the aqueous layer in the tear film, stopping your eyes from producing enough tears to keep your eyes moist.

Causes & Symptoms of Dry Eye


A variety of factors can cause dry eyes. Some of the many potential causes of dry eyes include:

  • Prolonged computer use
  • Poorly fitted contact lenses
  • Aging
  • Certain medications such as antihistamines
  • Dry or windy environments
  • Smoking
  • Health conditions such as Sjögren’s syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, and meibomian gland dysfunction
  • Eye surgeries
  • Allergies

Symptoms of dry eye include:

  • Burning, aching, dry, or itchy eyes
  • Fatigued eyes
  • Eye redness
  • Photophobia (light sensitivity)
  • A gritty feeling in your eye
  • Blurred vision
  • Difficulty with vision, especially at night
  • Abnormally watery eyes
  • Discomfort when wearing contact lenses

Dry Eye Therapy at Empress Eye Clinic  

At Empress Eye Clinic, we go above and beyond when it comes to dry eye therapy. We strive to provide treatments that are quick, long-lasting, and effective. That’s why we offer the following treatments: 

  • Artificial tears, prescription eye drops, and autologous serums
  • Natural therapies such as omega-3 supplements, warm compresses, and blinking exercises 
  • Medical procedures such as eye inserts, punctual plugs, amniotic membrane transplants, or ILux device treatments
  • Specialty contacts such as scleral lenses

Say Goodbye to Dry Eyes

You don’t have to live with dry eyes anymore. See what Empress Eye Clinic can do for you!

Our Location

Empress Eye Clinic, located at Empress Walk Mall
Halfway between Finch and Sheppard on Yonge Street.
5095 Yonge Street, Unit B6
North York, Ontario
M2N 6Z4
We serve patients from North York, Willowdale, Thornhill, Richmond Hill, Scarborough, Markham, Eglinton- Lawrence, York- Centre, Donwally East and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA)
Our office is directly accessible by the Yonge-University Subway from North York Subway Station. It is also easily accessible by vehicle from Hwy 401


  • 5095 Yonge Street Unit B6
  • North York, ON M2N 6Z4

Contact Information

Hours of Operation

  • Monday: 10:00 AM 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 11:00 AM 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM 7:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM 7:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

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