Dry Eye Treatment in Brooklyn, NY
New York Laser Vision is an Accredited Dry Eye Center
While everyone occasionally has dry eyes, for others, the condition is chronic. For those individuals, the condition can cause several uncomfortable symptoms.
Dry eye doesn’t necessarily mean that your eyes feel dry. In fact, many people find that they suffer from dry eyes yet experience watery eyes. Dry eye means that there is something wrong with the tear film of your eye. The tear film is a complex combination of different layers, which include water, oil and mucus. Each of the three layers in typical tear films come from different sources, therefore disruption to any of these sources can affect lubrication and lead to dry eye.
Dry Eye Syndrome Symptoms
Most of the time, dry eye syndrome is a condition that is chronic and progressive. However, with proper management, it is possible to reduce your symptoms and experience significant improvement in your overall comfort. Some of the symptoms of chronic dry eye are:
- Stringy mucus that comes from the eyes
- Stinging or burning sensations
- Scratchy, itchy eyes
- Feeling of foreign body in the eyes
- Eyes sensitive to light or water
- Trouble with driving at night
- Trouble wearing contact lenses
- Red eyes
- Blurred vision
- Discharge, especially in the morning
- Eyes feeling tired after using the computer or reading
If you have these symptoms, it’s important to speak to your eye doctor about the condition. You should seek medical care if your dry eyes do not get better on their own after a few days. Contact your doctor right away if your eyes are painful or irritated. After proper diagnosis, you’ll learn more about the treatment options available for dry eye syndrome.
Dry Eye Syndrome Causes
Dry eye occurs as a result of a lack of production of tears or a lack of production of quality tears. A variety of conditions can occur to cause this:
- Dry eye is common in older people.
- People who suffer from diabetes, thyroid disorder, lupus, arthritis, vitamin A deficiency, Sjogren’s syndrome, or scleroderma are more likely to suffer from dry eyes.
- Previous laser eye surgery may result in dry eyes.
- Some medications may cause dry eyes, including decongestants, high blood pressure medications, birth control medications, antidepressants, hormone replacement therapy, and Parkinson’s disease medications.
- Tear gland damage caused by radiation treatment or chemotherapy may lead to dry eyes.
Dry Eyes Treatment Options
There are several treatments for dry eyes. The eye doctor in our Brooklyn office will start you off with the least invasive treatment and then suggest advanced procedures as necessary. Some options include:
- Medications: We can use several medications to treat dry eyes, including drugs that reduce inflammation in the eyelid. Eyedrops can control inflammation of the cornea.
- Tear Duct Punctal Plugs: We may recommend collagen plugs. These are small pellets to close your tear ducts, which helps keep the tears from draining from your eyes too quickly and helps prevent premature drying of the eyes.
- Blepharitis Control/Oil Gland Care: In some cases, dry eyes are caused by blocked oil glands (meibomian glands). We educate our patients on proper eyelid hygiene to improve blepharitis since it is essential in controlling and preventing dry eye.
- Stem Cell Treatment: In some cases, stem cells from dry preserved amniotic membrane are used to reduce the impact of dry eyes.
- IPL for Dry Eyes: Intense Pulsed Light treatment for dry eye utilizes pulses of light to treat eyelid dysfunctions that cause dry eye disease.
What Does it Mean to be an Accredited Dry Eye Center?
New York Laser Vision had earned the accreditation by being certified and equipped with the latest dry eye testing equipment and treatment modalities. We test our dry eye patient’s tear film to diagnose the cause of the problem. This allows us to individualize the treatment plan for each and every person.
Schedule a Consultation Today!
Seeking treatment is important for anyone who has dry eye syndrome. If you are suffering from chronically dry eyes, contact New York Laser Vision today by calling us at 718-676-6464 or filling out an online contact form.