Dry eyes develop in up to 50% of people around the world, and nearly 16.5 million Americans have this frustrating condition today. If you have red, itching, burning, and generally irritated eyes, it’s likely a very treatable problem. Bainbridge Eye Care, located in the Norwood neighborhood of the Bronx, New York City, offers the most cutting-edge diagnostics, management, and treatment for dry eyes in the entire area. Book your appointment by calling the office or scheduling online now. You can also walk in any time for dry eyes help.
Dry eyes, aka dry eye syndrome, means you have inadequate eye moisture and lubrication. This occurs when your eyes don't make enough natural tears, or when your tear film — the thin tear layer that moisturizes and protects your eyes at all times — is of poor quality.
Dry eyes can cause chronic discomfort, and can potentially have serious effects like cornea damage and eye infections.
There are many possible reasons for dry eyes, including hormone fluctuations, meibomian (eyelid) gland dysfunction, autoimmune disease, and allergies.
The symptoms of dry eyes usually include:
Dry eyes can also cause eye flooding. But that rush of tears is only water, so it lacks the oils and mucus components of normal, healthy tears.
In the most severe cases of dry eyes, the constant dryness can lead to problems like corneal abrasions or ulcers. Dry eyes can also increase your risk of serious eye infections.
Bainbridge Eye Care offers the most modern and up-to-date diagnostics, management, and treatment for dry eyes. Dry eyes treatment depends on the diagnosis and the cause of your dry eyes.
To diagnose dry eyes and find its cause, you need a comprehensive eye exam and specialized testing to measure how quickly you make tears. Other tests assess tear quality and thickness.
After diagnosis, your treatment may include:
Prescription eye drops such as Restasis®, Xiidra®, and Cequa™ can effectively relieve dry eye symptoms with consistent daily use.
Punctal plugs are very small plugs that go inside your tear ducts to prevent moisture loss. There are a few options in punctal plugs, including dissolvable collagen plugs and semipermanent ones made of acrylic or silicone.
Prokera® is a type of temporary corneal bandage made from amniotic membrane, which is rich in healing and regenerative properties. If you have corneal damage due to dry eyes, Prokera can minimize inflammation and restore your cornea to a healthy state.
Sometimes, you can also make lifestyle changes that help with dry eyes. For example, reducing screen time and taking omega-3 fatty acids may help in conjunction with your medical treatment at Bainbridge Eye Care.
If dry eyes are causing continual problems in your life, Bainbridge Eye Care can improve your comfort right away. Call the office or use online booking now.