Chronic dry eyes are common among patients of all ages and lifestyles. There are a variety of different causes for this frustrating condition, which can lead to corneal ulcers, scarring, and even vision loss if left untreated. Fortunately we offer a range of dry eye treatments at our West Nyack and Garnerville, NY, locations to relieve pain and discomfort. Although there is no permanent cure for dry eye, our doctors can develop an appropriate treatment plan to manage your symptoms.
What Causes Dry Eye?
There are a number of different factors that can lead to the development of dry eyes. As we age, the amount of tears we produce begins to diminish, which can contribute to dry eyes in senior patients. Patients who wear contact lenses regularly may also experience dry eyes. Other factors can include:
- Medical conditions, such as diabetes or hormonal changes
- Certain medications, such as antihistamines or antidepressants
- Environmental factors, such as windy or smoky conditions
In some cases, eliminating causes, such as a medication, can relieve symptoms. In other cases, we may need to provide treatment to alleviate your discomfort.
Diagnosis and Treatment
After thoroughly reviewing your medical history, we can better pinpoint the potential for medical causes of dry eye such as an existing health concern or medication you may be taking. Your doctor may also ask about your line of work and your living conditions to determine if an environmental factor could be to blame. We will then conduct a comprehensive exam of the eye, eyelids, and cornea. Our advanced diagnostic equipment can analyze your tear film to help determine if you have dry eyes. Once we have all this information, we can develop an appropriate treatment plan.
Our treatment options vary depending on the severity of your condition. Generally, we prefer to start with more conservative solutions, such as over-the-counter products. These might include topical lubricants, lid hygiene products and dietary supplements. Warm compresses are also recommended to help open the glands and improve natural fluid flow. If these conservative measures are ineffective, we may recommend prescription eye drops or inserting small punctal plugs into your tear duct openings.
Our doctors will work with you to determine the cause of your dry eyes and find a solution to relieve your symptoms.
Improving Quality of Life
Dry eye is a frustrating condition that can lead to frequent sensations of burning and itching, and eyes that become red and even painful. Reading and working on the computer can become difficult and you may even experience periodic blurriness in your vision. Addressing dry eyes with an appropriate treatment can help alleviate these debilitating and uncomfortable symptoms. It can also help prevent lasting damage that can result from dry eyes. With a treatment plan, you can manage your dry eyes so you can enjoy your life with clearer vision.
Schedule an Appointment Today
If you suffer from dry eyes and artificial tears from the drugstore have been ineffective, contact our ophthalmological office online or call (845) 947-2240 today to discuss more advanced treatment options. Our doctors will work with you to determine the cause of your dry eyes and find a solution to relieve your symptoms.