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We Can Often Alleviate Dry Eye Symptoms By Eliminating the Cause

Dryness? Itching? Scratching? Burning?

These symptoms may be more than simply irritating. They may be indicative of Dry Eye Disease, where your lacrimal glands stop producing enough tears or where the tears that are produced may evaporate too quickly.

Dry Eye Disease symptoms can often be eliminated by treating the cause.

Thorough Examinations

Our comprehensive in-house testing processes give us a clear picture into your eye health and whether or not you have Dry Eye Disease. To learn more about these specific processes and what we include in our dry eye exams, click here

Effective Treatment Options Exist!

General health, medications and environmental factors will be a consideration in managing the type of Dry Eye Disease you have. After our initial testing we will create a customized treatment plan to best address your Dry Eye Disease.

Of Canadians Affected by Dry Eye Disease

Important Information About Kids Eye Exams:

Our Comprehensive Dry Eye Exam Includes:
  • Nutrition treatment plan including food and supplements
  • Artificial tear recommendations
  • Eyelid care recommendations
  • Ways to minimize environmental exposure
  • Anti-inflammatory eye drop prescriptions
  • Dry Eye Questionnaire
  • Advanced diagnostic testing:
    • Tear osmolarity using Tear Lab
    • Tear film evaporation rate using Keratograph 5M
    • Tear volume o Assessment of corneal integrity
    • Meibomian gland expression using MG Evaluator In Office Lid Care and Expression
1 in 3 Canadians Impacted By Dry Eye Disease

Don’t be afraid to seek treatment. Dry Eye Disease is more common than you think and can be very treatable.

Our Location

North Vancouver

Westcoast designer Susan Taubensee created the new Lynn Valley practice to provide you with a relaxing and unique experience in eye care and eyewear. Our Optometry Clinic is located in the Lynn Valley Village where you can browse between over 1000 frames and 150 sunglasses to personalize your prescription.

Phone: (604) 987-9191
Fax: (604) 987-9109
E-mail: Email Us

Lynn Valley Optometry
255 - 1233 Lynn Valley Road
North Vancouver, BC, V7J 0A1

Hours

Monday: 9am - 6pm
Tuesday: 9am - 6pm
Wednesday: 9am - 6pm
Thursday: 9am - 6pm
Friday: 10am – 6pm
Saturday: 9am – 5pm
Sunday: Closed

Vision Therapy Reviews

  • Vision Therapy has helped me become an all-around solid reader. When reading books, I now fully understand what is happening and I don’t have to read one part in a book over and over to understand. I can also read fast while still understanding. My eyes are also being much more efficient, which is making me less tired when I read.

    Max, Age 12

  • Before Vision Therapy, I was seeing double vision and I couldn’t see the board. Now I can see the board and I can only see double vision when I cross my eyes!

    Alida, Age 8

  • I have improved in spelling because I get better grades. Before I was getting C’s and B’s in spelling, and now I’m getting A’s. I have improved in Math because before I didn’t know my times tables that good. I didn’t know 7 x 9, and now I know it’s 63, and I get better grades. Now I can draw better and more detailed pictures. I don’t have very much headaches and stomach aches any more, and my eyes don’t hurt when I read, and they don’t get tired anymore, so I read a lot more.

    Micheal, Age 11

  • When Michael first visited the optometrist he was experiencing frequent headaches and tummy aches, as well as sore, tired eyes. His grades were slipping at school and he disliked reading. He was beginning to consider himself as “dumb”. The combination of eye glasses and vision therapy has made a world of difference to Michael...

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  • Jason was in grade 2 when he was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder. He had coordination issues and had a hard time with motor skills. We had him thoroughly tested by various specialists. His ears and eyes checked out fine. He was placed on drugs at 8 years old...

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  • Vision Therapy has made a huge difference to what I see. Even though I’m halfway through, the changes have been nothing but extraordinary. My peripheral vision and depth-perception has improved, making driving and parking, especially in tight spaces, a whole lot easier. Before, I would panic and give up. Now I have much more awareness and I no longer have to worry about hitting things. Considering I had my eyes cosmetically operated on three times, it’s an overall amazing change.

    Alex, Age 21

Dry Eye Treatment

If you suffer from Dry Eye, our eye doctors at Lynn Valley Optometry, have completed extensive training on dry eye disease and treatment. We are very happy to offer a very thorough evaluation of your dry eye disease and subsequently design a treatment plan specifically for you. We have worked with many pharmaceutical companies to stay abreast of the newest and best treatments available for dry eye disease. We are dedicated to resolving your dry eye issues and look forward to seeing you.

Our doctors can perform in-office diagnostic tests to evaluate the quality and quantity of your tears. General health, medications and environmental factors will be a consideration in managing the type of Dry Eye Disease you have.

Three common screening tests we use are:

Tear Break-Up Time (TBUT)

TBUT gives us an indication of how stable your tear film is. Because the tear film in people with Dry Eye Disease is unstable, it will break up faster than normal and cause the eye surface to feel uncomfortable. In a TBUT test, fluorescein dye is added to the eye and the tear film is observed while the patient avoids blinking. TBUT is the time it takes between a blink and the development of tiny dry spots in the stained tear film. The longer it takes, the more stable the tear film. If your tear film breaks up in less than 10 seconds, you may have Dry Eye Disease.

Fluorescein and Lissamine Green Staining

These tests use a yellow or green dye along with a blue or white light respectively to detect damage that may have occurred to your eye. A piece of blotting paper containing the dye is touched to the surface of the eye. The patient is asked to blink, which will spread the dye on the tear film. A light is then directed at the eye. Any problems on the surface of the cornea will be stained by the dye and appear green under the blue or white light.

Meibomian Gland Expression

This test allows us to see if your oil-secreting meibomian glands within the eyelids are clogged. These oils help prevent tear evaporation.