You may already be experiencing some of the indications of dry eyes. After all, we’re smack in the middle of autumn, and winter has been rearing its head. That means dry indoor air and harsh winds outside. Those are conditions that create a perfect storm for dry eyes. Fortunately, we at Focus Vision Care are able to diagnose, evaluate, and treat the condition.
Weather and heating may contribute to the problem, as can exposure to tobacco smoke, but at the center of the reason why you may need to see our eye specialist in Staten Island is that your eyes either not making enough tears, or the tears being made are not of the composition to do the job properly. Some of the symptoms that you should be aware of are a burning or stinging feeling in your eyes, discomfort when you wear your contacts, sensitivity to light, blurry vision, eye redness, and tired eyes. When that happens, visit our eye specialist in Staten Island for a complete eye examination, which may also include specific testing of the quality and quantity of your tears. The most common type of treatment for dry eyes is an eye drop medication called artificial tears. They give you back the needed level of moisture. For more severe cases, there is a prescription strength version. Other measures may be necessary when artificial tears are not effective or you have continued recurrences of dry eyes even after treatment. Options include surgery, but that is usually not required. Also, wear sunglasses or eyeglasses when outdoors on windy days, and consider getting one or more humidifiers for your home.
It’s reassuring to know that you can always turn to our eye specialist in Staten Island for problems like dry eyes. Why suffer when you don’t have to? Reach out to our office and let us book you an appointment to come in for an examination.