Dry Eye

Dry Eye Treatment from Your Optometrist in Northport, NY

Most people are surprised to learn how common dry eye syndrome is.  Almost half—48 percent—of American adults regularly suffer from the symptoms of this disorder.  Fortunately, our optometrist offers a number of treatments that can bring relief to patients who visit our Main Street Optometry practice in Northport.

woman receiving an eye exam for her dry eye

Causes of Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry eye syndrome develops after a chronic lack of acceptable lubrication and moisture on an eye’s surface.  It is commonly associated with aging.

In order to stay healthy and comfortable, an eye needs a sufficient and consistent tear layer on its surface.  An inadequate quantity or a substandard quality of tears causes dry eyes. 

For some patients, the culprit is a failure of the lacrimal glands to produce the right quality or quantity of tears.  These factors also commonly increase risk:

  • Use of computers and other digital devices
  • Wearing contact lenses
  • Smoking
  • Reaching the age of 50
  • Being post-menopausal
  • Dry or windy environment
  • Poor indoor humidity
  • Flying frequently

A number of health conditions linked to dry eyes.  Among them are certain eyelid problems and systemic diseases such as Sjögren’s syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, lupus, and disorders associated with the thyroid.  Birth control pills, antidepressants, some blood pressure medications, and antihistamines also play a role.

Without treatment, patients with dry eyes might experience some serious complications:

  • Increased risk of eye infections
  • Surface damage such as corneal abrasion, eye inflammation, corneal ulcers, or vision problems
  • Compromised quality of life

Common Symptoms of Dry Eyes

Symptoms typically affect both eyes:

  • Sensation of a foreign body in the eye
  • Scratchy, stinging, or burning sensation
  • Blurry vision
  • Eye fatigue or a heaviness sensation
  • Eyes watering from irritation
  • Redness
  • Light sensitivity
  • Stringy mucus in or surrounding the eyes
  • Trouble driving at night
  • Difficulty wearing contacts

Treatment Options from Our Optometry Practice

Our doctor of optometry diagnoses this disorder after a comprehensive eye exam.  One helpful tool is the Schirmer’s test to measure eye moisture.

Therapeutic options include:

  • Adding tears via non-prescription artificial tear solutions
  • Conserving tears with removable plugs or by closing tear ducts
  • Boosting tear production with eye drops
  • Treating any eyelid of eye surface inflammation with drops or ointments, lid massage, warm compresses, and/or eyelid cleansers.

Schedule an Exam with Our Northport Optometrist

Don’t let a dry eye problem interfere with your daily activities.  Our Northport eye doctors, Richard E. Young, and Arlene Vazquez provide a full range of eye and vision care as well as emergency services.  The foundation of our Main Street Optometry practice is professional care and personal attention.  Be sure to call us today at 631-757-6190 to schedule an appointment with either optometrist for your next exam.

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