Eye Conditions

 

MOVSHOVICH  PC

Family Eye Care Center

Alexander Movshovich, MD

 596 Anderson Avenue Suite 101Cliffside Park, NJ  07010Telephone 201-943-0022

 

DRY EYES

Dry eye syndrome is a common disease in which the eye under-produces tears or tears leave the eye too quickly.  A normal functioning eye constantly

produces tears to form a tear film, which acts as moisturizer and lubricant.  For someone with dry eye, the resulting lack of moisture and lubrication

can cause a variety of problems.

 

Dry eye symptoms may include:

 

A burning, stinging, or scratchy sensation in the eyes.

 

Eyes may redden and become easily irritated by wind or smoke.

 

The eyes may produce stringy mucus.

 

Contact lenses may be difficult or impossible to wear.

 

Sometimes the eye will actually produce excessive tears, and overflow.*

 

*Though it sounds contradictory, sometimes the eye will actually produce

excessive tears, and overflow. The eye becomes irritated by the lack of

lubrication and attempts to cleanse itself with a flood of tears.  This is a

similar phenomenon to the tearing that occurs when foreign matter is

stuck in one’s eye.

 

Dry eye syndrome is typically more common in older people and women;

however, there are many other factors that can cause this to happen.

A common cause of dry eye can be over the counter and prescription

medications such as antihistamines, beta-blockers, sleeping pills,

pain relievers and many others.  Overuse of diuretics can also play a role in

developing dry eye.  For this reason, it is very important to inform your ophthalmologist about any medications you are currently taking, which can

help the doctor in the proper diagnosis of the disease.

 

Sometimes the cause is unknown in a case of dry eye.  Known causes of dry eye may be natural, related to a larger condition, or the side effect of

certain medications.  Also, tear production often slows down as people get older.  This is particularly common for women after menopause.

 

Treatments for dry eye:

 

Artificial tears:  Mild to moderate cases of dry eye syndrome may be treated by applying artificial tear eye drops as little or as often as necessary.

There are a wide range of products available without a prescription that the doctor can recommend.

 

Prescription medications:  Can sometimes increase tear production for those with chronic dry eye.  It does this by targeting inflammation in the eye.

 

Conserving tears:  An effective way to make better use of the tears in the eye is surgery to close the tear ducts, thus preventing existing tears from

leaving the eye as quickly. This may be done temporarily, with punctal plugs made of collagen, or permanently with silicone plugs or by cauterizing the

tear ducts closed.

 

Controlling one’s environment:  Patients should avoid situations in which tears evaporate quickly; for example, by using a humidifier in a dry house,

wearing wrap-around glasses in the wind, and not smoking.

 

If you are experiencing any symptoms of dry eye, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule a consultation.

 

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