Dry Eye Center
Dry Eye Center
What is Dry Eye?
Dry eye is one of the most common reasons patients see their eye care doctor. To help keep eyes and vision optimal, a normal, thin film of tears coats your eyes, which are made up of three layers. The innermost consist of mucus, the middle is a watery layer and the top most superficial layer is a very thin layer of oils. Dry eye occurs when the eyes aren’t sufficiently moisturized, leading to itching, redness and pain from dry spots on the surface of the eye. The eyes may become dry and irritated because the tear ducts don’t produce enough tears, or because the tears themselves have a chemical imbalance. Dry Eye Syndrome (DES) is a common disorder of the tear film, affecting a significant percentage of the population, especially those older than 40 years of age. DES can affect any race and is more common in women than in men. Chronic DES is characterized by decreased tear production due to inflammation.
Common symptoms of dry eye disease
· Sensitivity to light
· Blurred vision
· Discomfort in windy or dry conditions
· Stinging or burning of the eye
· A sandy or gritty feeling as if something is in the eye
· Episodes of excess tears following very dry eye periods
· A stringy discharge from the eye
· Pain and redness of the eye
· Episodes of blurred vision
· Eye fatigue
Dry eyes can also create difficulty in performing visual tasks that can affect
· Watching TV, work and driving
· Using a computer or reading for extended periods of time
· The ability to wear contact lenses comfortably
· Trouble being out in the sun
· Symptoms that worsen later in the day
How is Dry Eye Treated?
A series of evaluations will be performed to determine the likely cause of your dry eye. Currently there is no cure for Chronic Dry Eye, however, patients have several choices for managing the symptoms that accompany the condition. Together, you and your eye doctor will choose the treatment that best serves your dry eye needs. Once TearLab Osmolarity testing, along with other assessments are completed, your doctor will accurately evaluate your condition and suggest a course of treatment to best fit your individual needswhich could include:
· Over-the-counter (OTC) eye drops that may temporarily lubricate the eye and relieve dry eye symptoms.
· Prescription therapies and available treatment options that may be right for you.
· Punctal plugs (tear duct plug) which are small medical devices that can be inserted into the tear duct (puncta) of an eye to block the duct. This prevents the drainage of liquid from the eye.
Our eye doctors at Eye Care For The Adirondack can perform advanced technology diagnostic testing and treatment, as well as taking the time necessary to provide each patient with information needed to fully understand their condition and to achieve their best possible visual outcome. If you would like to schedule an appointment please call our office at: