Dry Eyes Specialist

Michael's Optical

Optometry & Optician located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

Dry eyes is a common condition that affects millions of Americans every year and causes uncomfortable symptoms that may affect vision. Dedicated to helping you get the comprehensive eye care you need, the optometry specialists at Michael's Optical in Lenox Hill, Manhattan, can diagnose and treat your dry eyes to alleviate your symptoms and improve your vision. Call the office in New York City or request an appointment through the online booking tool today.

Dry Eyes Q & A

What are dry eyes?

Dry eyes develop when your tears are no longer able to keep your eyes adequately lubricated. The condition may develop from a change in the quantity or quality of your tears.

Aging, medication, or your medical history may affect tear production, limiting the number of tears available to keep your eyes adequately lubricated. 

You may also be at risk of dry eyes if you live in a windy environment or spend too much time staring at a computer screen without blinking. 

Dry eyes also develop due to a change in the quality of your tears, most often from a blockage in the gland that provides the oil for your tears. 

What are dry eyes symptoms?

You may experience a range of symptoms with your dry eyes. Common symptoms include:

  • Eye redness
  • Blurry vision
  • Burning, itching, or gritty sensation
  • Increased mucus production
  • Increased eye tearing
  • Inability to wear your contact lenses
  • Difficulty seeing at night
  • Eye fatigue

Dry eyes symptoms can be temporary, but if your symptoms are ongoing, schedule an appointment with the specialists at Michael's Optical for an evaluation. 

What can I expect during an evaluation for dry eyes?

You can expect a comprehensive eye exam when you come in to see the optometry experts at Michael's Optical for an evaluation of your dry eyes. 

The team first reviews your eye health and medical history, as well as your symptoms. Then, the team tests your visual acuity, evaluates eye structure and function, and assesses eye health.

To better understand the cause of your dry eyes, the team may measure tear production and tear quality.

To ensure you get the best care possible in a timely manner, the team requests you share your questions and concerns with the team prior to your appointment. 

How are dry eyes treated?

The team at Michael's Optical develops personalized treatment plans for dry eyes based on the severity of your symptoms and the underlying cause. 

Initially, the team may suggest over-the-counter artificial tears to alleviate your symptoms. However, if these fail to improve your dry eyes, the team may suggest:

  • Medications to reduce inflammation
  • Antibiotics to treat an infection
  • Medication to increase tear production
  • Placement of eye inserts that act like artificial tears
  • Use of special contact lenses

In some cases, procedures to close tear ducts or open up oil glands may be recommended to improve the quantity or quality of your tears.

Dry eyes is common, but it can be alleviated. For a comprehensive treatment plan, contact Michael's Optical by phone or through the online booking tool today.