We specialize in dry eye management and treatment. There are many treatment options for chronic dry eyes. Our doctor will perform different diagnostic tests in the office to determine which treatment option would be most effective.
Dry Eyes is caused by a chronic lack of sufficient lubrication and moisture on the surface of the eye. Consequences of dry eyes range from subtle but constant eye irritation to significant inflammation and even scarring of the front surface of the eye. An adequate and consistent layer of tears on the surface of the eye is essential to keep your eyes healthy, comfortable and seeing well. Tears bathe the eye’s surface to keep it moist and wash away dust, debris and microorganisms that could damage the cornea and lead to an eye infection. A problem with any of these sources of tear film components can result in tear instability and dry eyes, and there are different categories of dry eyes, depending on which component is affected. In other cases, the primary cause of dry eye is a failure of the lacrimal glands to produce enough watery fluid to keep the eyes adequately moistened.
Causes of dry eye:
Dry eyes can develop for many reasons including age, hormonal changes in females, medications such as antihistamines and antidepressants, and medical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren’s syndrome and thyroid problems. Environmental conditions such as windy and dry climates can increase tear evaporation resulting in dry eye symptoms. Failure to blink regularly, such as when staring at a computer screen for long periods of time, can also contribute to drying of the eyes.
Signs and symptoms:
Symptoms of dry eye syndrome include irritated, gritty, scratchy or burning eyes; a feeling of something in their eyes; excess watering; and blurred vision. Advanced dry eyes may damage the front surface of the eye and impair vision.
Careful examination of your eyes by our eye doctor can reveal the presence and severity of dry eye syndrome. He/She can recommend the best type of dry eye treatment to keep your eyes healthy, comfortable and seeing well. Thankfully, there are effective treatment options if you suffer from chronic dry eye.
92 Route 23 N Suite E
Riverdale, NJ 07457