Dry eyes can be annoying and bothersome, though in general it is a condition that poses no long-term threat to your vision. Nevertheless, if you have dry eyes you might suffer a temporary negative effect on your eyesight. At Brook Plaza Ophthalmology, you will be examined by our Brooklyn eye doctor. A full evaluation will lead to recommending the best method for addressing the concern and alleviating your discomfort.
There are certain symptoms that are associated with dry eyes. By being aware of them, you can stay on top of things and call us right away for an appointment. Among the signs that can indicate dry eyes are a burning or stinging sensation in your eyes, sensitivity to light, blurry vision, reddening of the eyes, or tired eyes. Blurriness is often linked to the amount of time you spend working at a computer on a regular basis. Risk factors for getting dry eyes include exposure to smoke and wind, and the effects of wearing contact lenses. While any of the listed symptoms can be related to various eye health issues, it is important to get a checkup so that a diagnosis can be reached. Regardless of what determination is made, it is essential that the proper treatment protocol is used. One of the tests that our Brooklyn eye doctor will order is a measurement of your tear volume. Blotting strips of paper will be placed beneath your lower eyelids. Special eye drops can also gauge the quality of your tears, which is as important as the quantity. Other tests will be ordered as necessary.
The good news is that dry eyes are usually fairly simple to treat with non-invasive methods. Artificial tears, either over-the-counter or prescription strength, are typically effective. Lifestyle adjustments are often recommended, such as avoiding air conditioning, smoke, and wind. Humidifiers add moisture to the air, and as such do a very good job of mitigating symptoms. Surgery is considered to be a last resort, and one that our Brooklyn eye doctor is only likely to suggest if other treatments prove to be insufficient to remedy the situation. If dry eyes are troubling you, we’re here to help.