The experienced ophthalmologists at Seeta Eye Centers understand the impact dry eye syndrome can have on your life, and we make a commitment to providing the safest and most advanced methods for the examination, diagnosis and treatment of dry eyes.
If you believe you may be suffering from dry eye syndrome and you are ready to find relief, call 845-443-4998 to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced Poughkeepsie eye care specialists.
What Is Dry Eye Syndrome?
Dry eye syndrome refers to a deficiency of the tear film due to either an inadequate production of natural tears or excessive tear evaporation. It is an extremely common condition, affecting more than 30 million Americans.
Symptoms of dry eye syndrome can include:
- Persistent dryness
- Feelings of scratchiness, soreness or burning sensations
- Red eyes
- Sensitivity to light
- Difficulty wearing contacts
With careful diagnosis and a systematic therapeutic approach, sufferers of dry eye syndrome can most often experience considerable relief and visual improvement.
Treatment Options for Dry Eye Syndrome
Depending on the severity and the cause of your dry eyes, our eye doctors may recommend a number of different treatment options including:
- Artificial tear drops - Depending on the nature of your tear film deficiency, we can recommend a specific type of artificial tear to best suit your symptoms.
- Environmental changes – Monitoring your exposure to heat ducts or fans blowing as well as exposure to proper humidity levels can reduce symptoms of dry eye syndrome.
- Dietary alterations – Sometimes increasing your consumption of oily fish, taking flax seed oil as a dietary supplement and drinking more water can improve tear film deficiencies.
- Punctal plugs – Dissolvable or semi-permanent punctal plugs can be inserted to slow down or even stop the drainage of tears from the eye.
- Alternative eye drops - For patients with moderate to severe dry eyes, Restasis® or Xiidra eye drops can facilitate the production of natural tears and can be used individually or combined with other treatments.
- Oral antibiotics or anti-inflammatory drops – If you suffer from underlying issues with inflammation or infection, oral antibiotics such as doxycycline or steroid eye drops might be necessary.
- LipiFlow Dry Eye Treatment —This option is best for patients with lipid deficiency due to clogged meibomian glands. LipiFlow applies light pressure and heat to liquefy and release the contents blocking the secretion of lipids.
The best way to determine how to treat your dry eye syndrome is to schedule an appointment with our experienced eye care specialists.