Dry Eye Center
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. When you come to our Brooklyn office, the eye doctor will determine if you have chronic dry eye syndrome and what treatment options may work best for your individual needs.
What Are the Symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome?
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
- Trouble with driving at night
- Trouble wearing contact lenses
- Red eyes
- Blurred vision
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.
What Causes Dry Eyes?
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.
- Gland damage caused by radiation or inflammation may lead to dry eyes.
What Treatment Options Can Help with Dry Eyes?
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.
- Artificial Tear Inserts: If you do not produce enough tears, artificial tear inserts in your eyes may help. These very small inserts work to slowly release tears.
- Closing Tear Ducts: We may recommend a minor procedure 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.
- Oil Gland Care: In some cases, dry eyes are caused by blocked oil glands. We can use a treatment called LipiFlow thermal pulsation to overcome this condition.
- Contact Lenses: In some cases, special contact lenses can be 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.
Seeking treatment is important for anyone who has dry eye syndrome. If you are suffering from chronically dry eyes, contact our Brooklyn eye doctor for a consultation.