When your body doesn’t make enough tears, or the quality of those tears is poor, the result is dry eyes. It’s not something to be alarmed about, but it can cause a temporary impact on your vision. Here at Throggs Neck Optical, our East Bronx eye doctor offers you relief from the effects of dry eyes.
Tears are your body’s natural lubrication for your eyes, keeping the surfaces smooth, clear, clean, and free of infections. Not enough impedes that. Your tears are made of water, fatty oils, and mucus. If the ratio of those ingredients is not proper, this too can lead to dry eyes. Other causes include problems with your eyelids, the side-effects of some prescription medication, and environmental factors. Exposure to smoke or wind can also contribute to it. Among the symptoms of dry eyes are blurred vision, especially if you spend a lot of time reading or working in front of a computer monitor; difficulties wearing your contact lenses; a burning or stinging sensation in your eyes; red eyes; tired eyes; and sensitivity to light. None of the listed signs poses any longterm danger to your eye health, but dry eyes should not be ignored, either. Our East Bronx eye doctor will diagnose you by measuring both the quantity and quality of your tears, using separate tests. Treatment for dry eyes is typically artificial tears, which are special eye drops. You can buy them in a store, or if prescription-strength is required, our East Bronx eye doctor will take care of that for you. It’s a wise idea to avoid cigaret smoke (your own and second hand), as well as wind and air-conditioning whenever possible. You should also try to blink a lot. And buying a home humidifier can be very helpful by adding moisture to the air.
If you are noticing signs of dry eyes, which can be especially prevalent in the winter, call us and schedule an examination by our East Bronx eye doctor.