Dry Eye Treatment

Dry Eye Treatment Specialist
Dry eye rarely gets the same attention as other chronic, debilitating conditions, but if you suffer from chronic dry eye, you know the impact it can have on your ability to enjoy life. At South Shore Eye Care in Wantagh and Massapequa, New York, the staff understands this. That’s why the doctors at the facility have spent their careers providing relief to patients suffering from dry eye and other eye diseases that interfere with quality of life. If you’re suffering from unmanaged dry eye, South Shore Eye Care would love to help.

Dry Eye Treatment Q & A

What is Dry Eye?

Dry eye is a condition in which tears are either inadequate or imbalanced (not containing enough lipids, for example), resulting in:

  • Dryness
  • Friction
  • Pain
  • Discomfort
  • Damage to the eye and eyelids

Why are Tears so Important?

Tears are responsible for many important functions in the eye:

  • Hydration
  • Lubrication
  • Protection against foreign bodies
  • Prevention of infection

When your tears are inadequate or imbalanced, all of these important roles are compromised.

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Dry Eye?

Patients with dry eye might experience a sandy or gritty feeling in their eyes or describe the sensation of a foreign body. In addition, they often experience:

  • Pain
  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Blurry vision

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, a trip to the eye doctor is in order before further complications result.

What Complications Can Result From Unmanaged Dry Eye?

Although it’s little known among patients, untreated or ineffectively treated dry eye can cause permanent eye damage including:

  • Corneal scratches
  • Infections
  • Ulcerations that can lead to permanent loss of vision

How is Dry Eye Diagnosed?

Diagnosis requires a combination of:

  • Medical history review
  • Examination
  • Diagnostic testing

Medical history review takes into consideration your current diagnoses and medications as well as eye or systemic disease present in your parents or grandparents. Diagnostic testing may involve measuring the volume of tears produced and/or the makeup of your tears.

What Causes Dry Eye?

Dry eye can be caused by a variety of factors including:

  • The natural aging process
  • Menopause
  • Certain medications
  • Diseases that impact tear production
  • Problems with your eyelids that prevent proper closure

How is Dry Eye Treated?

After a thorough evaluation and diagnostic testing, your ophthalmologist at South Shore Eye Care will recommend the best treatment plan for your unique case, such as:

  • Artificial tears, which can be administered in drop or ointment form
  • Temporary punctal occlusion, which involves closing the “drainage system” of the eye to prevent tears from draining
  • Permanent or long-lasting punctal plugs, which are generally recommended if temporary punctal plugs work well
  • A procedure to unblock the glands of your eyelids
  • Other medications or supplements
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