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Dry Eye Syndrome
Have your eyes ever felt dry, itchy, scratchy, or a foreign body sensation? Then you likely have a condition called Dry Eye Syndrome. It can cause redness, burning, or, believe it or not, excessive watery eyes. This problem is more complicated than it seems with the symptoms coming from an issue with the oily, water, or mucus layer of the tears of the eye or sometimes all three. This is why Dry Eye Syndrome needs to be fully evaluated and also explains why a cure for one person such as artificial tears will have little comfort for another person who has a problem in another layer of the tear film.
Certain medications, climate, aging, menopause, and also geographic surroundings can cause an onset of Dry Eye Syndrome. Long-term contact lens care can also contribute, which is why we work very closely with our patients to ensure that they’re using lenses the correct way.
Do you have Dry Eye Syndrome?
A short visit to our office will determine whether you have Dry Eye Syndrome or are at risk. If needed we can use scans of the eyelids to evaluate the effectiveness of your tear layer and even image the glands that produce some of the tear layer to make sure they’re healthy.
Treatment of Dry Eye Syndrome
Depending on the cause and severity, our doctors may make a variety of recommendations. We may prescribe eye drops, suggest wearing glasses instead of contacts, suggest making environmental changes at work or at home, or we may recommend inserting punctual plugs, which are permanent silicone plugs that are inserted painlessly and help your eyes retain your natural tears.
If you’re suffering from any of these symptoms, please contact our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Levy, or Dr. Goldberg, both of whom are Dry Eye Syndrome specialists.
Contact us if you think you may benefit from any of our Dry Eye Spa options. If there is a need for surgical help or therapy, we’re also able to book appointments with incredible ophthalmologists and vision therapists who may otherwise not be open to new patient referrals.