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I highly recommended Thealoz® for contact lens wearers and those spending long hours at a computer. 

A new approach to Dry Eye Management Thealoz® is a new concept that comes from nature. It has a novel mode of action which may enable trehalose to address different causes of dryness. Thealoz® is a preservative free, pH neutral aqueous solution. It’s main ingredient is trehalose, a natural substance present in many plants and animals that are able to survive in extremely dry conditions. Trehalose has properties that enable protection of the eyes and stabilization of cell membranes on the corneal epithelium.

Thealoz® is not the answer for all forms of dry eye.  Please see our DRY EYE INFORMATION BLOG, DIGITAL EYE STAIN BLOG and speak to your eye care professional about the correct dry eye therapy for you.

Product details:
  • Preservative Free
  • Phosphate Free
  • pH neutral – well tolerated
  • Easy to use bottle and as small as a single dose unit
  • Easy to administer drops
  • Handy sized bottle
  • Contact lens compatible
  • Adapted for frequent daily use and chronic treatment
  • 300 drops per bottle
  • Can be used for up to 2 months from opening


Dry Eye Dr Morris

Dry Eye

To live our practice’s mission and create a complete, informative and a distinct eye care experience for you, when applicable our exams include a personalized DRY EYE assessment form to deliver better awareness of your own DRY EYE status as well as create clarity around the best course of individualized treatment for your condition.

The information on our forms is based on current studies, knowledge and practice. It is a personalized plan for you to have the best treatment, timely referrals and follow-up care. This DRY EYE assessment form has been modified to deliver some general information online.

Digital Eye Strain is common cause of dry eye.  Read more information on > Digital Eye Strain

Dry Eye Information

The condition name 'DRY EYE' is inherently confusing as many people with 'Dry Eyes' excessively tear.  I like to say that Dry Eye refers more to an imbalance in the tear chemistry. That thin film over your eyes is quite a complex recipe and if that is not produced by your body properly, unstable vision and discomfort and sometimes permanent damage to the ocular tissue can ensue.

For the purposes of mapping a treatment plan and communicating status, I break down DRY EYE into two main forms [1] suspected lipid deficiency [2] suspected aqueous deficiency Note that these can occur concurrently and are listed as ‘suspected’ as they are sometimes hard to distinguish clinically but are treated differently.

Management options for progressing severity for both forms of dry eye will be highlighted below. If not treated, eyes that are chronically dry progress to having DRY EYE DISEASE. This is an inflammatory condition that generally requires prescription drops or oral medications to manage. Advancing Dry Eye Disease is not only uncomfortable but can cause unstable vision and irreparable damage to ocular tissue.

Four recommendations for both forms of Dry Eye [1] Hydration – drink lots of water! [2] Humidity – consider a humidifier in house or work environment for winter [2] VDT use – try to take breaks of 5 min each hour and instill rewetting drops [3] Make-Up – consider hypoallergenic make-up and be sure not to line eye lid margins

How do I know what form of Dry Eye that I have?

The BEST way is an eye exam!  Special dyes and tests are used to identify your type of dry eye (AQUEOUS vs. LIPID Deficiency) and the best treatment course.   If this this is not possible, start with recommendations on LIPID deficiency based dry eye as it is much more common.

Recommendations based on a Lipid Deficiency Dry Eye (MOST common)

The goal of treating lipid deficiency dry eye is to reduce the evaporation of tears from the ocular surface as low moisture causes irritation and damage to the ocular tissue.

Recommendations based on current accepted care protocol.

LEVEL ONE: Use non-preserved rewetting drops designed for Lipid Deficiency Recommended 2-6 times per day
     Option 1 - Hyabak® available through our office and online (filtered bottle)
     Option 2 – non-preserved Optive Fusion or Optive Advanced - available through any pharmacy – individual use

LEVEL TWO: All level ONE recommendations but to an enhanced vigilance also add [1] 5-10min of Bruder Mask (or warm compress) at bedtime, [2] Omega 3’s (ideally of Trigyceride form) 1000mg/day to 2000mg/day (note that Omega 3 is not to be used with Coumadin or other Rx blood thinners)

LEVEL THREE: Prescription topical steroid and/or oral medications will be discussed for inflammatory dry eye disease

Recommendations based on an Aqueous Deficiency Dry Eye

The goal of treating aqueous deficiency dry eye is to dilute the tears so that they are less salty and irritating to the ocular tissue.

Recommendations based on current accepted care protocol.

LEVEL ONE: Use non-preserved rewetting drops designed for Aqueous Deficiency Recommended
     Option 1 - Thealoz® available through our office – filtered bottle
     Option 2 – non-preserved Theratears or non-preserved HypoTears – available through any pharmacy - individual use

LEVEL TWO: All level ONE recommendations but to an enhanced vigilance also add a non-preserved eye gel at bedtime -
Recommended: Ocunox available at our office or select pharmacies

LEVEL THREE: Prescription topical steroid treatment will be discussed for inflammatory dry eye disease
Congratulations you've found it! Our skiing Easter Egg.

Dr Morris loves to ski and loves to share favorite ski places. Whistler is great but there is so much choice for Western Canada skiing in the Rocky Mountains! Here is his hidden list of great skiing in Alberta and BC. (Eastern Canada coming soon!)

Sunshine Village Skiing
Sunshine Village - 2017

Western Canada Skiing

Whistler Blackcomb -

Largest in Canada – Peak to peak gondola

Favorite Runs – Blackcomb Glacier - anything around Kaleidoscope

Amazing Village, Après Ski and nightlife

Skied here dozens of time – snow unpredictable

Fly to Vancouver BC – easy access depending on traffic, ~2+hrs from Vancouver

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Sun Peaks -

Second Largest in Canada – Patrolled back country skiing/riding @ Mt Tod

Favorite Runs – Hat Trick & The Sticks

Good Village but limited night life

Skied here once (Dec/Jan) – upper elevations great snow, lower village poor coverage

Fly to Kamloops BC

Big White -

Known for great snow – ice climbing and many activities

Favorite Runs – Paradise & Paradise Glades

Good Village but limited night life

Skied here twice (Dec/Feb) – Great snow

Fly to Kelowna BC

Silver Star -

Known for great snow – tubing and many activities one price

Favorite Runs – Bon Diablo

Limited Village – would not stay here – 2 sides to mountain with long T bar traverse (the one’s boarders hate)

Skied here twice (Dec/Feb) – Great snow

Supposed to have a new Gondola soon to help lift lines

Fly to Kelowna BC, near Vernon BC

Fernie -

Not much Village – town of Fernie is cute – (hot tub time machine filmed here)

Favorite Runs – Anything into Currie bowl

Limited Village – huge range of terrain

Skied here twice (Jan/March) – Too warm in mid-March

Fly to Calgary – long drive

Kimberly -

One of few resorts with night skiing

Favorite Runs – Black forest Area

Skied here twice (Jan/March) – Too warm in mid-March

Fly to Calgary – long drive

Lake Louise -

Lots of great glades

Favorite Runs – Summit Platter down through Charlies choice & glades

Skied here many times – Part of (highly recommend)

Fly to Calgary – Drive – Stay in Banff or Lake Louise

Sunshine Village-

Wide open bowls – You park then take a gondola into village – you can ski in Alberta and BC as straddles border

Favorite Runs – Anything to the left of Mt Standish lift or Schoolmarm or the glades behind the lodge

Because of high elevation - you can ski here generally later in the season than anywhere else (PICTURE above is May 2017)

Skied here many times – Part of (highly recommend)

Fly to Calgary – Drive – Stay in Banff or Lake Louise

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Have tried a few times but poor snow or ice makes me want to drive a bit further for more consistent snow at Sunshine or Lake Louise.

Part of multi mountain pass - Great deal!

Fly to Calgary – Drive – Stay in Banff or Lake Louise


Great terrain – Great Steeps, great kid's program

Favorite Runs – Millennium , View of 1000 Peaks (smaller pic below)

Limited Village - Sleepy

Fly to Calgary – Drive – stay if you want to relax!

Check out Arrowhead micro brewery on the way in

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Kicking Horse

Known for Powder – massive bowls

Great terrain – Great Steeps – Advanced mountain (lower beginner’s area not good)

Favorite Runs – Sluiceway, Sliver Lining > Cloud Nine

Limited Village but town of Golden BC nice

Fly to Calgary – Drive – beautiful drive through the mountains – some very nice condos at base


I have not been – someday!

Red Mountain


I love this place - You NEED to get yourself here

Favorite Runs – Beer Belly, Cory's Run

Fly to Spokane Washington – ~ 250km drive North Across Border  or about 3 1/2 hours from Kelowna

Marmot Basin

I have not been – wish list

~400km from either Edmonton or Calgary – Jasper AB

Power Mountain Cat Skiing (Just South of Whistler)

Great guides and feels very safe backcountry - Many short runs at high elevation

Rent FAT powder skis min 100mm underfoot

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Have fun!!!

Jason Morris

Digital Eye Strain
Digital Eye Strain Information

When we use a computer or phone for a long period of time, many of us experience digital eye strain. There are several reasons why this occurs including: posture, long periods of sustained focus, back-lit screens, improper glasses, eye muscle imbalance (see Digital Device Dilemma below).  The fact that we blink significantly less when our attention is focused on a screen also significantly contributes to eye irritation, blurry vision and fatigue.

If you suffer from digital eye strain, one of the most impactful things that you can do is use a rewetting eye drop (such as Thealoz®) at least twice a day and see your Optometrist.

Digital Device Dilemma

Except from "Eyes Over Exposed: The Digital Device Dilemma" (The Vision Council 2016)

We awake to the glow of a phone acting as an alarm clock. We work for hours on our computer screens, perhaps stopping to look at something on another screen—a television, a tablet, a smartphone. The pattern is repeated again and again as our days are filled with electronic images of news reports, online shopping, video games, movies, emails and texts….

This constant exposure to technology is a shock to our eyes. For centuries, we have evolved our sight by viewing a wide variety of objects outside from varying distances. A combination of factors including the proximity at which we view digital screens, the frequency and length of time of this use, physical responses to screen habits, and exposure to high-energy visible (HEV) or blue light, have conspired to cause visual discomfort in 65 percent of Americans. 1 This stress and strain, combined with other physical discomforts, is called digital eye strain.    READ MORE

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