Are you suffering from frequent dry eye symptoms? Dry eye syndrome is one of the most common conditions that our Bayside eye surgeon sees in the patients that visit us here at New York Cornea Consultants. Dry eye syndrome is characterized by either an insufficient quantity of tears being produced, or a quality level of tears that is insufficient for proper lubrication and nourishment. Dry eye syndrome often occurs in people who are otherwise healthy, and your risk for developing dry eye syndrome increases with age. Other causes of dry eye syndrome include: undergoing hormonal changes, spending a lot of time in a dry environment, spending a lot of time in the sun, smoking, being exposed to second-hand smoke, taking certain medications, recovering from some eye surgeries, suffering from heat or chemical burns, and more. Dry eye syndrome, in addition to dry eyes, also typically presents the following symptoms that you should be aware of: blurry vision, burning eyes, itchy eyes, red eyes, a gritty feeling in the eyes, and excess light sensitivity.
If you are experiencing these symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with our Bayside eye surgeon as soon as possible here at New York Cornea Consultants so that we can provide you with the relief you need. The main goal of the treatments is to restore the quantity and quality of your tears. Our Bayside eye surgeon will often recommend that you use artificial tears in the form of eye drops in order to increase the lubrication inside your eyes and give you relief from your symptoms. If you wear contact lenses or glasses, we might also recommend that you switch to a different brand or type in order to increase the moisture in your eyes. We may also prescribe medications designed to increase your natural tear production. Another common treatment is the plug the drainage ducts in your eyes in order to keep your eyes better moisturized. Making lifestyle changes like stopping smoking, using a humidifier, and more can also be incorporated into your medical treatment for dry eye syndrome. Our Bayside eye surgeon can make more personalized treatment recommendations during your next visit to our office.