Dry Eye Treatment
Chronically dry eyes can be extremely uncomfortable, making your workday and hobbies frustrating and tiring, and impacting your appearance.
Rockland Eye Physicians & Surgeons provides personalized dry eye treatment that addresses the cause of your dry eyes and provides relief.
Find out how treatment at our West Nyack and Garnerville, NY, offices can help you...
3 Benefits of Dry Eye Treatment
Dry eye is a frustrating condition that can lead to frequent sensations of burning, itching, redness, and even pain. 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 dry eye symptoms.
Protect Your Eyes
In addition to alleviating symptoms, treatment can also help prevent lasting damage that can result from dry eyes. There are a variety of different causes for this frustrating condition, which can lead to corneal ulcers and even vision problems if left untreated. With a custom treatment plan, we can manage your condition so you can enjoy life with clearer vision.
Gentle Treatment Options
Depending on the cause of your dry eye, our doctors may prescribe artificial tears, eyelid scrubs, supplements, or in-office therapies like LipiFlow® that provide long-lasting relief without surgery or invasive treatment.
Defining Dry Eye
Our tears are more complex than you might think. They are made up of more than 1,500 proteins that work together to keep the eye lubricated and protected from external conditions. Dry eye occurs when insufficient tears or poor tear quality fail to properly lubricate the surface of the eye.
The cause of dry eye varies from patient to patient. In some, tear quality may be compromised by meibomian dysfunction so tears evaporate too quickly from the eye. As we age, the amount of tears we produce also begins to diminish, which can contribute to dry eyes in senior patients. Other contributing factors can include:
- Wearing contact lenses regularly
- 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 others, we may need to provide treatment to alleviate your discomfort.
Millions of Americans Struggle with This Condition
Schedule a Dry Eye Consultation When:
Your Symptoms Are Ongoing
If your dryness persists even after trying over-the-counter treatments like artificial tears, taking a break from contact lenses, or potential irritants have been avoided, it's time to see a doctor for professional treatment.
You're Committed to Treatment
Many take-home treatments require strict patient compliance and only work for as long as you use them. In order to see results, you will need to be committed to your prescribed treatment.
LipiFlow Can Provide Lasting Relief
LipiFlow® is one of the newest treatments offered at our practice. The advanced system is recommended for patients whose dry eye is caused by meibomian dysfunction. Lipiflow is a non-surgical treatment that is designed to remove blockages through thermal pulsation, allowing the glands to properly lubricate the eyes. During a LipiFlow session, a member of our team will place the device on the eyelids for just 12 minutes. Many patients describe the experience as a gentle eyelid massage.
Alleviate Discomfort with Dry Eye Treatment
Chronic dry eyes are common among patients of all ages and lifestyles. 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.
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 doctors will work with you to determine the cause of your dry eyes and find a solution to relieve your symptoms.
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.