Dry Eye Center of Excellence at Pelham Vision Center
Our doctors are trained to provide the highest quality of dry eye care using advanced diagnostic techniques and treatments. The diagnosis of dry eye disease involves both your symptoms and examination of the surface of the eyes and eyelids. Together we can determine which treatment option will work best to help you maintain a clear, comfortable vision.
If you have any of the dry eye symptoms listed below, make an appointment with one of our doctors today. We will be able to assess your level of dry eye disease and then customize a treatment plan for you. If a dry eye disease is not properly treated, it may lead to permanent eye damage. Typically treatment is required daily but usually, with minimal effort on your part, your eyes can feel, see and look much better.
Symptoms of Dry Eye Disease
- Dry, itchy eyes
- Burning or stinging
- Watery eyes
- Blurred vision
- Foreign body sensation
- Decreased contact lens wear time
Causes of Dry Eye Disease
Dry eye disease (DED) is a chronic condition that develops when your eyes do not produce and maintain enough tears to keep the eye’s surface lubricated. This can be due to a reduction in tear production or increased tear evaporation from a lack of lipid in the tears that stem from oil glands in the eyelids. DED affects millions of people in the United States and is one of the most common reasons that people visit their eye care providers.
Dry eyes can occur naturally as a result of aging or hormonal changes, typically in women who are pregnant, taking oral contraceptives or going through menopause. In fact, women over 50 have a 50% greater risk of dry eye disease than men do of the same age. It can also result from taking certain medications that reduce tear production such as antihistamines, blood pressure medications, and antidepressants. Environmental factors can also play a role in drying out the eyes, and DED is common in areas where the climate is dry, dusty and windy. Home air conditioners or heating systems and excessive time spent staring at a computer or television screen can also dry out eyes and exacerbate symptoms due to the lack of blinking while staring at our screens.
Individuals that suffer from certain medical conditions such as diabetes, blepharitis, lupus, arthritis, and thyroid problems are more vulnerable to developing DED.
Treatment for Dry Eyes
The treatment phases that are implemented are based on the severity of each patient’s dry eye disease.
- Phase 1: Artificial Tears, Warm Compresses, Eyelid Exfoliation and Supplements
- Phase 2: Prescription Eye Drops
- Phase 3: Eyelid and Oil Gland Cleansing
- Phase 4: Punctal Plugs that Maintain Tear Volume on Eye Surface
- Phase 5: Eye Hydrating Therapy Goggles
- Phase 6: Customized Contact Lenses to Retain Eye Hydration
Helpful Dry Eye Tips
- Avoid dry environments, hairdryers, heaters, and fans
- Avoid smoky environments
- Wear eye protection such as wrap around glasses or goggles when in dusty or windy areas
- Use a humidifier to add moisture to dry indoor air
- If working on the computer or watching television, make sure to blink normally
- Avoid rubbing your eyes
- Stay hydrated by drinking at least 8 to 10 glasses of water per day