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Dry Eyes Specialist

Center for Sight of New York

Comprehensive Ophthalmology Specialists located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

If over-the-counter eye drops don’t relieve your dry eyes very well, it’s likely because the underlying problem remains untreated. At Center for Sight of New York in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York City, the eye health professionals offer comprehensive dry eye care, including help with underlying causes like Meibomian gland disease and blepharitis. Call the office now, or request an appointment online.

Dry Eyes Q&A

What is dry eyes?

Dry eyes or dry eye syndrome is an uncomfortable condition that happens when you don’t produce enough tears, or when your tears don’t contain enough lubricants (natural oils and mucus). Most dry eye syndrome sufferers have dry-feeling eyes but also other issues, including:

  • Eye soreness
  • Red eyes
  • Stinging or burning eyes
  • Gritty eyes
  • Mucus strings in your eyes
  • Blurry vision, especially close-up

When you have dry eyes, it’s not uncommon to have tear floods at times, usually when your eyes feel particularly irritated. Those tear floods are mainly water, which doesn’t soothe the irritation at all. 

What causes dry eyes?

Many conditions can cause dry eyes, such as

  • Blepharitis - swollen red eyelids
  • Meibomian gland dysfunction
  • Entropion - eyelids turning inwards
  • Ectropion - eyelids turning outwards
  • Regular exposure to smoke, wind, or dry air
  • Excessive computer use
  • Long-time contact lens wear
  • Medications (cold, blood pressure, antidepressant, and other drugs)
  • Diseases (rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid disease, and others)

Laser eye surgery, like laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK), can also potentially cause dry eyes. But, it's usually a temporary condition if caused by LASIK. 

How is dry eyes diagnosed?

Dry eyes diagnosis generally includes a full eye exam, including your eyelids. You describe your symptoms, and demonstrate blinking mechanics, during the exam. Sometimes, dry eyes diagnosis also includes a Schirmer test that measures tear production over a five-minute period. You may also need a test that analyzes tear composition. 

Through the diagnostic process, the Center for Sight of New York team determines the cause of your dry eyes, which helps them formulate the optimal treatment. 

What is the best solution for dry eyes?

Center for Sight of New York offers comprehensive management that can help with all cases of dry eyes, from mild to severe. Eye drops often help, as they add the tears you need. The Center for Sight of New York team may also recommend warm compresses and/or gentle eyelid massage at home.

If your dry eyes are related to blepharitis, BlephEx™ treatment removes the biofilm along your eyelid margins to relieve your symptoms.

For severe dry eyes, punctal plugs may be the best choice. Punctal plugs are very small silicone or collagen inserts that go in your tear ducts. Temporary punctal plugs gradually wear away over time, and permanent plugs stay in place long-term. They prevent tear loss and keep your eyes moisturized.

Center for Sight of New York has dry eyes solutions, so don’t wait for help. Call the office or request an appointment online now.