Smart Eye Care
Ophthalmologists located in Brooklyn, NY
If you suffer from dry eyes caused by long hours at the computer or air conditioned environments, consult the doctors at Smart Eye Care in Brooklyn, New York. The medical team offers testing of the quantity and quality of your natural tears and offer several effective treatments to provide relief from this common, but debilitating condition. To make an appointment with Dr. Edward Rubinchik, Dr. Evelyn Icasiano, Dr. Leon Aleksandrovich, or Dr. William Kestin, call the office or use the online booking tool to set up a consultation today.
Dry Eyes Q & A
Why are dry eyes a problem?
Healthy tear production maintains the front surface of the eye and helps preserve clear vision. When you blink, your tears spread across the eye surface and play essential roles in:
- Reducing risk of infection
- Washing away foreign matter and pollutants
- Keeping the surface of the eye clear
What are the symptoms of dry eyes?
You may be diagnosed with dry eyes if you feel chronic itching or burning in your eyes. Other symptoms include:
- Sensations of grittiness or scratching in your eyes
- Excessive watering
- Blurred vision
- Feeling you have something in your eyes
What causes dry eyes?
As you age, you’re more susceptible to developing dry eyes. The more screen work you do, such as in front of a computer or smartphone, the more likely you are to develop dry eyes, too. Air-conditioned environments, a diet high in caffeine or alcohol, and certain prescription medications also trigger dry eyes. Long-term contact lens use and changes in hormones, particularly in women during pregnancy or with the use of birth control, can be other culprits.
How are dry eyes diagnosed?
At Smart Eye Care, the ophthalmologists test the quality and quantity of your natural tears. They review your medical history to determine if environmental problems, medications, or general health may be contributing to your dry eyes. You’ll undergo an external examination of the eye, including the lid structure and blink patterns. The doctors then evaluate the eyelids and cornea.
How are dry eyes treated?
Treatment depends on what the ophthalmologists determine as the cause of your dry eyes. In some cases, the doctors recommend lifestyle changes, including reduced screen time and dietary measures, to improve your condition. The doctors may also recommend over-the-counter or prescription artificial tears to improve lubrication.
You may also be a candidate for punctal plugs. These plugs are inserted into your tear duct openings in the corners of your eyes in a minor, outpatient surgical procedure. The procedure usually is well tolerated, and you shouldn't need any downtime afterward. The plug prevents the tears from flowing out into the back of your nose and throat, keeping them in your eyes for optimal lubrication.