Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry eyes occur when your eyes do not produce enough tears ( low quantity) or produce tears with poor composition (low quality).

  • Symptoms include:
  • Irritated, scratchy, dry or uncomfortable eyes
  • Redness of the eyes
  • Burning sensation of the eyes
  • A gritty feeling, like something is actually in the eyes
  • Excessive tearing
  • Blurred vision

There are several contributing factors of dry eye syndrome:

  • Age
  • Prolonged computer, smart phone or tablet use
  • Certain medications
  • Environmental factors (e.g., dry climate, wind, ceiling fans, A/C, heating systems)
  • Certain health conditions (e.g., arthritis, thyroid problems, autoimmune disorders)
  • Hormonal imbalance (e.g., menopause)
  • Inflammation of eyelids
  • Contact lens wear

In many cases, dry eye syndrome is a lifelong problem. Depending on the cause, there may or may not be a cure, but you can relieve the symptoms.

Our doctors can evaluate the type of dry eye and provide the best treatment options for each individual patient. Treatment may include artificial tears, gels and ointments, hot compress and massage, lid scrubs, anti-inflammatory eye drops and oral medications, nutritional supplementation and blocking tear drainage with plugs or surgery.