What happens when your eyes don’t make enough tears, or the tears they make aren’t of good quality? The answer is Staten Island dry eyes, a condition that can be diagnosed, evaluated, and treated at the practice of Dr. Raymond Helfand.
The symptoms you should be aware of are a burning or stinging feeling in your eyes, light sensitivity, eye redness, tired eyes, and blurry vision, especially if you read frequently or you spend a lot of time using a computer monitor. You may also notice that your contact lenses are suddenly uncomfortable. And although the tears themselves are the cause of Staten Island dry eyes, there are factors that contribute to the problem, such as exposure to smoke or wind. The diagnosis includes a standard eye exam, and possibly special tests to measure the quantity and quality of your tears. Depending on the seriousness of your Staten Island dry eyes, and whether or not previous treatment has been ineffective, additional testing may be done to look for a deeper concern. The most common and effective way to address the situation is with artificial tears. These are a medication administered in eye drop form. They can be purchased over-the-counter at nearly any drug store, but you may also need a stronger version, for which our eye doctor will be happy to write a prescription. Environmental and lifestyle changes are also helpful in achieving relief. Avoid all tobacco smoke if at all possible. Wear eyeglasses or sunglasses when you go outside on windy days. Stay out of air-conditioned rooms. And consider the addition of one or more humidifiers to your home, which will add essential moisture to the indoor air. Surgery is only an option in chronic cases where artificial tears and personal adjustments are not sufficient.
Don’t suffer with this frustrating problem any longer than necessary. Contact our office now to make an appointment.