Have your eyes been feeling constantly irritated? Are you finding it difficult to wear contact lenses or that you need to often use eye rewetting solutions? If so you may have dry eye. Dry eye is a common condition that can be the result of age, environmental conditions, weather, or other medical or eye conditions. Our East Bronx eye doctor at Throggs Neck Optical will be able to provide you with definitive diagnosis as well as dry eye treatment.
Our expert optometrists at Throggs Neck Optical are Dr. William Guerrero and Dr. Martin Sabesan. Many times people with dry eye often feel like they have something in their eye. If this sensation does not easily go away or constantly reoccurs it may well be dry eye. Other feelings that accompany dry eye can be a feeling of grittiness, dryness, or stinging in your eyes. This condition in itself is not dangerous. However if it is allowed to continue it can cause permanent damage to your cornea. For this reason it is important to not ignore the symptoms, but to be seen by our East Bronx eye doctor who will be able to diagnose whether or not you have dry eye. Dry eye can be caused by two different eye tear situations. Dry eye can be caused by an insufficient amount of tears. Tears are needed to cleanse and nourish the eye. A second clause of dry eye can be that the quality of the tears you are producing is of inferior quality so that they cannot effectively do their job. The treatment you need for dry eye will depend totally on the cause and extent of the problem.
Sometimes our East Bronx eye doctor will simply recommend that you use an over-the-counter tear solution, if your dry eye condition is very slight. However, our eye doctor is also able to prescribe eye drops or oral medicines that will increase the amount of tears you create. If you have an advanced condition of dry eye you may need to have tiny silicone plugs inserted into your tear ducts which will help the tears stay in your eyes longer. In the most serious cases, there is an operation that can be performed which will permanently close your tear ducts. However, remember that dry eye affects almost 20 million people in the United States. It is a common eye condition that can usually be easily treated. If your eyes have been red and irritated, and your vision has been blurred, you will want to make an appointment to see our eye doctor soon.