Frequently Asked Questions
What is Dry Eye?
Dry Eye occurs when the tears in our eyes fail to properly lubricate the eye.
What are the symptoms of Dry Eye?
Dry Eye symptoms can include burning, scratchiness, swelling of the eyelids, and irritated sensations in the eye. Your eyes may also tear excessively.
Is Dry Eye more common in the winter months?
Dry eye occurs all year round and is not tied to any one season. However, you may experience worsening of symptoms from seasonal occurrences like allergies, dry heat, air conditioning and fans.
How does tear film relate to Dry Eye?
There are three layers in your tear film that wash away debris and keep the eye healthy. These layers include a mucous layer, acqueous layer and an oily layer. The composition of each layer is crucial to providing the best protection to the eye’s surface. Dry Eye occurs when there is a disruption to one of these layers.
Can I prevent Dry Eye?
Patients can take some steps to prevent Dry Eye. Patients should avoid smoking. We recommend eating a healthy diet and drinking a lot of water. In some cases supplements may help. We recommend always maintaining good eyelid hygiene. Be sure to take frequent breaks from working on computers and using mobile devices. Also be seen by your eye doctor to identify any Dry Eye issues.
How do you treat Dry Eye?
There are several ways to treat Dry Eyes. Eye drops and punctal plugs are available and recommended for some patients. For patients diagnosed with Meibomian Gland Dysfunction we utilize the advanced treatments, LipiFlow and BlephEx. Prokera Cornea bandages may also be recommended for certain types of Dry Eye. It is important to be properly diagnosed so that the most effective treatment protocol can be implemented.
What happens if I don’t treat my Dry Eye?
If you do not treat your Dry Eye, you may be more susceptible to eye infections.
Can I wear contacts if I have Dry Eye?
Many patients can successfully wear contacts with Dry Eye. The doctor can advise you of your options after a thorough examination and diagnosis.
Is Dry Eye Syndrome Common?
Yes. Dry Eye is common. In fact, many patients visit the eye doctor each year due to dry eye complaints.
What should I do if I think I have Dry Eye?
If you suspect that you have Dry Eye, contact our office at 413-584-6666 to schedule an eye exam for dry eye.