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It's easy to take our eye health for granted--yet virtually every major aspect of life can be significantly impacted by conditions affecting your vision. Chronic dry eye is one such condition that affects thousands of people every year. However, dry eye treatment and management is available with your Bronx optometrists.
Dr. Oleg Lisitsyn and Dr. Diana Ilyasova, along with their optometry team, work with many people suffering from dry eye, a condition characterized by disruption of the normal moisture and tear film on the eye's surface.
Since dry eye is a relatively broad and multifaceted syndrome, the exact cause of a person's dry eye can vary significantly--and may not even always be clear. That said, common causes of dry eye include:
Side effects from medications
Injury to or inflammation of the tear ducts or tear glands
Environmental factors, including smoke, air conditioning, and weather changes
Difficult or prolonged visual acuity and focusing tasks, such as excessive computer use
Dry eye is often a sign of another underlying medical condition, including diabetes, lupus, and Sjögren's syndrome (a disease which impairs the function of moisture-producing glands within the body).
As with most health conditions symptoms of dry eye can vary significantly from person to person. Severity, type, and duration of symptoms can be affected by factors including the underlying cause, time of day, and the individual's age, overall health, and lifestyle.
Common symptoms of dry eye include:
Itchy, red, burning eye
Watery or mucus-like discharge (often an over-compensation for lack of adequate tear production); this may form a dry crust overnight
The sensation of a foreign object or grittiness in the eye
Hypersensitivity to light
Difficulty seeing at night
Whether you're experiencing acute or chronic dry eye symptoms, it's wise to consult with an eye doctor as soon as possible. An optometrist can evaluate your eyes, diagnose and identify the underlying factors or causes of your condition, and implement the appropriate plan of eye care.
Common treatment for dry eye includes:
Artificial tears or tear substitutes (in the form of specialized eye drops)
Topical steroids and other anti-inflammatory medications
Corrective lens modifications (e.g., switching from contact lenses to glasses)
The optometrists at Pelham Parkway Vision Center keep up-to-date with current research from the worlds of optometry and ophthalmology, which further expands and enhances their diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to dry eye--which helps their patients reach better outcomes in the long run. Contact us today to learn how we can help you.