Dry Eye Syndrome is an irritating condition that can cause constant discomfort or pain in your eyes. Also called keratoconjunctivitis (KCS), it occurs when your eyes don’t produce enough tears or when the consistency of your tears isn’t correct and they evaporate too quickly. If you suffer from these uncomfortable symptoms, our optometrist at Innovision Optometry PC, in Poughkeepsie, NY, will meet with you to decide upon the most helpful treatment.
When you have Dry Eye Syndrome you may find that some common daily activities become more challenging, such as using a computer or reading for long periods of time. Your ability to stay in dry environments is also reduced, and long airplane flights or desert treks will generally cause extreme irritation.
A multitude of treatments and medications to alleviate the discomfort of Dry Eye Syndrome are available. We invite you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ketan Kutlerywala, in our modern, convenient office located in Poughkeepsie, NY, inside the Lenscrafters at the Poughkeepsie Galleria Mall.
Additional Facts about Dry Eye Syndrome:
Complications Caused by Dry Eye Syndrome
Certain regular activities are complicated by the symptoms of dry eyes, such as driving, reading and watching TV or using the computer. While no risk to long-term vision loss is posed, severe dry eyes may lead to corneal infections. A very extreme future possibility is a thinning or scarring of the cornea.
Risk Factors for Dry Eye Syndrome
- Smoking, or being near smokers, or areas with high air pollution
- Female gender and menopause, hormone replacement therapy (estrogen)
- Asian ethnicity
- Spending long periods of time in environments with high temperatures, low humidity and strong winds
- Wearing contact lenses
- Having LASIK surgery
- Prolonged computer use or reading; any activities that decrease the frequency of blinking
- Specific medications, such as antidepressants, diuretics, chemotherapy, antihistamines and beta-adrenergic blockers
- Abnormal conjunctival surface
- Diseases; some examples include HIV infection, diabetes mellitus, hepatitis C, autoimmune disease, sarcoidosis, vitamin A deficiency
While there is no cure for Dry Eye Syndrome, there are plenty of medications on the market. In our Poughkeepsie, NY office, Dr. Kutlerywala will inspect and evaluate your eyes in order to discuss the best medicines for your personal condition. A variety of prescription drugs may offer you relief. These include artificial tear inserts and eye lubricants. Inserts are worn similar to contact lenses, and they aim to help increase the protective film of tears that coats your eyes. Some medication relieves painful inflammation and/or enhances natural tear production. A relatively new ophthalmologic drug that shows promise is corticosteroid drops. Antibiotics are also prescribed sometimes to reduce the level of bacteria that destroy important lipids in your tears.
There are a few outpatient procedures that can be performed in our eye care center, which may bring relief from the annoying symptoms caused by dry eyes. These surgeries work to block or reduce normal tear drainage, thereby leaving your eyes moister.
Your best at-home remedy is to use a humidifier. The extra moisture released into your atmosphere will cause tears to evaporate more slowly, and your eyes will feel more comfortable. An air filter may also be helpful, as it removes irritating dust from the air. Over-the-counter remedies that may help relieve your symptoms include: preservative-free artificial tears, lubricating ointments applied before sleep, daily fish oil supplements and hot compresses.
When dry eyes are the result of sleeping with your eyes open slightly, then special tape may be used to keep your eyelids closed throughout the night. Another option is to wear plastic shields over your eyes while sleeping.
LASIK & Dry Eye Syndrome
If you have Dry Eye Syndrome, you may not be a candidate for LASIK surgery, as you may be at risk for poor healing. If you’re considering LASIK or another refractive surgery, we’ll help treat your dry eyes first.
If you suffer from dry eyes, call Innovision Optometry PC today for a consultation with Dr. Kutlerywala in our Poughkeepsie, NY, office!