What Is Dry Eye?
Dry eye syndrome occurs when the eye does not produce enough tears. As a result, the eye lacks sufficient lubrication. This causes persistent feeling of dryness, burning and scratching, and it might also cause inflammation of the delicate eye tissues. The eyes might appear red, and the eyelids and the area around the eyes might become swollen. Contrary to what the name might suggest, one of the symptoms of dry eye syndrome is watery eyes. Dry eyes sometimes become watery because the persistent dryness overstimulates production of tears.
Please use our contact page to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Lippman if you notice one or more of these dry eye symptoms:
- Constant dryness
- Feelings of scratching and burning in your eyes
- Excessively watery eyes
Dr. Lippman will perform a thorough examination and recommend the most suitable treatment for your condition.
What Causes Dry Eye Syndrome?
The tear film covering the eyeball is an important part of a healthy eye. Tears constantly clean the eye, washing away minuscule debris and neutralizing microorganisms found on the eye’s surface. Patients with dry eye syndrome do not produce enough tears to create a sufficient tear film. This can happen due to a variety of reasons:
- Age. Dry eye often occurs in older patients, especially women undergoing menopause.
- Medications. Dry eye is often caused by antihistamines, antidepressants, blood pressure medicines and certain birth control pills.
- Climate. Dry, dusty climate is a major contributor to the onset of the dry eye syndrome.
- Insufficient Blinking. Certain activities, such as working on the computer, might cause insufficient blinking, which in turn can cause eyes to become dry.
- Eye Surgery. Certain White Plains LASIK and other Westchester County LASIK and cataract surgery patients experience dry eye symptoms; this condition if often temporary.
- Medical Conditions. Certain diseases, such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and rosacea are associated with the dry eye syndrome.
- Contact Lens. Long-term wear of contact lens is another common cause of dry eye syndrome.
How Is Dry Eye Treated?
To manage the symptoms of dry eye, often special eye drops are used. Some of these drops work like artificial tears, lubricating the eyeball and greatly reducing the dry, scratching sensation. The latest eye drops (such as Restasis drops) are designed not only to moisten the eye but also to stimulate the eye to produce more tears. Depending on the cause and symptoms of each patient’s dry eye syndrome, Dr. Lippman prescribes the most suitable eye drops. He also often suggests simple lifestyle changes that can significantly reduce the occurrence of dry eye syndrome, such as reducing exposure to wind and dust and wearing sunglasses when outdoors. Dr. Lippman also takes the time to explain that artificial eye drops cannot be used concurrently with contact lenses. The lenses need to be removed first. However, patients who have received artificial Premium lens implants (IOLs), such as Crystalens in Westchester County, typically do not have contact lenses.
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