Do You Have Dry Eyes? Here are some questions to ask yourself.
-Are you frequently using artificial tears?
-Do your eyes feel dry, itchy, or gritty?
-Does your vision get blurry sometimes?
-Do your eyes bother you when you are on the computer?
-Do your eyes feel irritated when wearing contact lenses?
-Do you avoid activities you love because of your eyes (like reading or watching TV)?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be suffering from dry eye syndrome. Dry eye syndrome is a condition where the eyes do not produce enough tears or the tears evaporate too quickly. Dry eye syndrome can be categorized as aqueous deficient or evaporative. Aqueous deficient dry eye is a disorder where the lacrimal gland fails to produce enough of the watery component of tears. Evaporative dry eye occurs from a disorder of the meibomian glands in which the tears evaporate more easily creating an unstable tear film.
Some causes of dry eye syndrome include:
-Side effect of certain medications
-Disease on or around the eyelids or glands of the eyelids
-Long-term contact lens wear
-Post LASIK surgery
-Immune system disorders
-Inflammation of the conjunctiva from infection or irritants
-Thyroid eye disease
When tear function is affected by any of the above, it can lead to many bothersome signs and symptoms. The signs and symptoms of dry eye syndrome vary from person to person, but here are some of the most common ones you should be aware of:
-Feeling like you have something in your eyes
There are several different approaches to treating dry eye syndrome. But first, your eye doctor will determine the underlying cause to initiate the most appropriate treatment regimen. Treatment options include artificial tears, nutrition supplements, punctal plugs, eyelid hygiene, and medications. Chelsea Eye Associates offers the latest advancements in dry eye care including Thermi, a radio-frequency device used to treat meibomian gland dysfunction, a common underlying cause of dry eye. Prescription medications may also be able to help you. Ask us about Xiidra, a new FDA-approved medication prescribed for treating the signs and symptoms of dry eyes. If you are looking for relief for your dry eyes, call Chelsea Eye Associates at (212) 257-0007 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Perez.