Dry Eyes

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If your eyes frequently feel irritated, you may be suffering from dry eyes. Your eyes need to constantly be lubricated, and not just when you cry. Tears have many benefits that actually contribute to the health of your eyes. At Brass Eye Center, our Albany area ophthalmologists understand that if left untreated, dry eye symptoms can cause further issues down the road. Which is why we strive to provide various cutting edge treatments to ensure you the best optimal visual health.

What is Dry Eye?

Tears have a greater purpose than just expressing yourself when you’re feeling sad. Our Albany area ophthalmologists know that tears are very important for the eyes, and for a number of reasons. They not only act as a lubricant, but also a cleanser – keeping away and washing out dust, debris and foreign objects – and also as an antibacterial, neutralizing any microorganisms which take residence on the eye's surface. Therefore, when tear production is insufficient, it can create many problems for the eyes. Not only are dry eyes uncomfortable, they are also more prone to injury and infection.

What are the Symptoms of Dry Eye?

Our Albany area ophthalmologists believe you may suffer from Dry Eye if you experience the following symptoms:

  • Burning or stinging
  • Scratchy eyes
  • Decreased tolerance to contact lens
  • Itching eyes
  • Red eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sandy or gritty feeling
  • Tired eyes

If you only have incidental cases of dry eyes, over-the-counter eye lubricants are all that may be required to ease the discomfort. But when the body cannot or does not produce enough tears, or when the tears are drained or evaporated too quickly to properly protect the eye, this can be a condition known as dry eye syndrome. Depending on the cause and extent of dry eye syndrome, it may or may not be able to be completely cured. Even when not cured, however, the symptoms can be managed.

How Dry Eye is Treated

If you suffer from dry eye syndrome, there are many treatment options our Albany area ophthalmologists offer. Some of the treatments we offer for dry eye are:

Restasis Eye Drops

Restasis eye drops are a prescription artificial tear formula that contains special medications that not only lubricate and comfort the eye, but also encourage the eye to produce more tears. Another dry eye medication was approved for dry eyes called Xiidra. Xiidra works in a similar fashion to Restasis. Your doctor will help choose which medication would be best for you.

Lacrimal Plugs

Another possible treatment is the installation of lacrimal plugs, also called punctal plugs, which are inserted into the tear ducts to stop tears from draining off of the surface of the eye too quickly.

Surgery

In more extreme cases, the tear ducts might also be closed surgically.

If your dry eyes are a result of environmental conditions, it may also be helpful to fight the environmental causes, such as wearing sunglasses in dusty climates or using humidifiers for dry climates. Nutritional insufficiencies can also be to blame for dry eyes, in which case our Albany area ophthalmologists suggest taking nutritional supplements or drinking more water.

Other treatments may involve topical eye drops, steroid eye drops, oral nutritional supplements, oral antibiotics and drops such as Oasis Tears™ and LidHygenix™

Contact Your Albany Ophthalmologist Today!

If you believe you are suffering from dry eye symptoms, our Albany ophthalmologists are here to help. Your vision is important to us, which is why we encourage you to call us at (518) 782-7827 or contact us with any of your questions or concerns. At Brass Eye Center, your vision is our ultimate priority, so schedule your appointment today!