Whitby Family Eye Care, Dr.Leslie Fitzgerald & Associates
25 Thickson Rd Whitby ON L1N 8W8 (905) 728-7017
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Whitby, ON
(905) 728-7017

What Is Dry Eye?

You probably know what it feels like to have dry eyes. Everyone experiences them at some point. But when you experience that feeling every day, it becomes more than just an annoyance or a frustrating sensation; it becomes a genuine problem.

Dry eye syndrome is a serious issue which develops for one of two reasons: insufficient tear volume or poor tear quality.

Tear Volume

Tears provide your eyes with protection, lubrication, hydration, and cleansing. Your eyes need a certain volume of tears to work properly and comfortably. If your tear glands don’t produce enough tears, your eyes will start to feel dry and irritated.

Healthy tears contain a natural oil called meibum. Meibum makes a film on the surface of your tears to keep the water from evaporating. If your tears don’t contain the right level of meibum, your tears evaporate too quickly, causing your eyes to feel dry. Most cases of dry eyes are due to poor tear quality.

Symptoms of Dry Eye

  • Redness
  • Itching and irritation
  • Burning or stinging
  • Feeling that something is in your eye
  • Eye fatigue or heavy eyelids
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Blurry vision
  • Periods of excess tears
  • Stringy discharge

If these symptoms sound familiar, request an appointment with us today.

Diagnosing Dry Eye

At Whitby Family Eye Care, we aren’t satisfied with just treating your symptoms; we want to treat the underlying problem to help you find long-term relief. We use a special diagnostic tool called the I-Pen to test your tears and determine the root cause of your dry eye symptoms. The right diagnosis empowers us to help find the right treatment for you.

Visit Our Practice

Whitby Family Eye Care is at the north east corner of Thickson Rd & Hwy 2, in the KFC plaza.

  • Please note that we are closed on February 18th (Family Day).
  • On May 7th, our we operate from 9am to 5pm.


25 Thickson Rd North
Whitby, ON, L1N 8W8

Contact Information

Phone: (905) 728-7017
Fax: (905) 728-0865


Monday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday:9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday:11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday:9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Some Saturdays:9:00 AM - 2:00 PM