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Dry Eyes Specialist

VistaSite Eye Care -  - Optometrist

VistaSite Eye Care

Optometrists located in Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Valley Stream and Manhattan, New York, NY

Dry eyes can cause you significant discomfort, and may require a specialized plan of care to effectively manage the problem. The optometrists at VistaSite Eye Care in New York City are experts in the care and treatment of dry eyes. For your own specialized treatment plan, call or book your appointment online today at the nearest office in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, Valley Stream, or Washington Heights.

Dry Eyes Q & A

What are Dry Eyes?

Dry eyes is a common problem caused by a lack of lubrication in your eyes. This lubrication is normally responsible for keeping your eyes moist and protecting them from irritants and infection.

They’re generally the result of a decrease in the production or flow of tears, which help to lubricate your eyes. There could also be an imbalance in the chemical makeup of your tears that negatively impacts their effectiveness. Lack of adequate lubrication means you don’t get proper protection from infection, your eye movement may be uncomfortable, and can cause other complications as well.

What Causes Dry Eyes?

Your optometrist at VistaSite Eye Care determines the underlying causes or factors that may be contributing to your dry eyes. Possible causes include:

  • Aging
  • Side effects of some medications
  • Certain health conditions like arthritis, diabetes, or thyroid issues
  • Damage to tear ducts
  • Laser eye surgery (usually temporary)
  • Exposure to eye irritants like wind, smoke, or some chemicals
  • Seasonal allergies

Understanding the underlying cause of your dry eyes may help your optometrist create an effective plan to relieve your discomfort.

How are Dry Eyes Diagnosed and Treated?

The team at VistaSite Eye Care will take a detailed health history and ask you a number of questions about your symptoms to determine any possible underlying cause for your dry eyes. Common symptoms of dry eyes include:

  • Burning
  • Redness
  • Irritation
  • Scratchy feeling
  • Increased light sensitivity
  • Blurry vision

Often, dry eyes can be treated with over-the-counter artificial tears. If these are inadequate, your optometrist may prescribe a stronger eye drop like Restasis. They may also suggest you seek a medical evaluation for any conditions contributing to your dry eyes that may need specialized treatment.

Your overall health is important to the team at VistaSite Eye Care, and they take it into consideration with the care of your dry eyes. To learn more, call or use online booking to schedule an appointment today.