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What Causes Dry Eyes? We Are Here to Help You Serving Manhattan, NYC and New Jersey

Dry eye occurs when your body cannot produce an adequate amount of tears to keep your eyes moist, clear and comfortable. It also can be caused by changes in your body that affect the quality of your tears, making them evaporate too quickly. LASIK surgery has also been linked as a possible cause of dry eyes. Read below for information about dry eye contact lenses.

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Who Gets Dry Eye?

As many as 20 million Americans suffer from some degree of dry eye syndrome. Contact lens wearers and computer users are especially at risk, and can benefit from treatment options. A poor diet, the use of certain medications for acne, allergies, sinus problems and other health problems are also known causes, by making you more susceptible to the condition.

People who have LASIK vision correction surgery have a higher risk of dry eye. There is also an increased risk of dry eye after age 40.

Learn About the Most Common Cause of Dry Eye

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Dry Eye?

The most common signs and symptoms of dry eye include:

  • Blurred vision, burning, sore or painful eyes
  • A sandy or gritty feeling to your eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Contact lens discomfort

Alan B. Schlussel F.A.A.O., OD

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Dry Eye Treatment Options

Each case of dry eye is unique. After a thorough exam, Dr. Schlussel will choose the treatment options that are best for your specific needs.

Possible treatments include specially-formulated artificial tears, medicated eye drops, anti-inflammatory medications, punctal occlusion (a simple in-office eyelid procedure that can keep your eyes better moistened), diet modification, dry eye contact lenses and nutritional supplements.

Often, a combination of few dry eye treatments in Manhattan provides the best results.


We offer the latest Diagnostic and treatment for Dry Eye

The Dry Eye Center Of NY & NJ uses the latest diagnostic equipment and emerging, FDA approved technology to quickly and accurately pinpoint and treat the root cause of your dry eye problem. We don’t just throw any old drops at you either.

We provide custom treatment plans designed to maximize the relief of your dry eye symptoms AND treat the underlying cause of your discomfort.

The Dry Eye Treatment Center of NY & NJ is now offering the Marco Equinox Low Level Light Therapy (LLLT), the latest in dry eye treatment technology.
Developed by NASA, LLLT has proven effective at treating dry eye disease. LLLT uses specially designed LED lights to gently warm up the eyelids, causing the meibomian glands to unclog and release oils.

  • Safe, non-invasive procedure
  • 15 minutes per session
  • No recovery time needed
  • No side effects or discomfort
  • Safe for adults and children

Click here to learn more about this exciting NEW dry eye treatment.

* New treatment modalities are generally not covered by health insurance

LipiFlow® Dry Eye Treatment

LipiFlow® is one of the most advanced and effective doctor-led procedures for Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD), a common eye condition and the most prevalent root cause of severe Dry Eye Syndrome. MGD can be caused by a number of factors, such as age, ethnicity, corrective lens use, high cholesterol, bacterial infection, and even certain medications. MGD can range from being relatively minor nuisance to completely debilitating to your quality of life.

Dry eye is a condition with a variety of causes. This common and irritating syndrome occurs when your body does not produce enough lubricating tears or changes in your body decrease the quality of your tear composition.

One cause of dry eye is Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD), defined as a blockage or problem with the meibomian glands. MGD can drastically reduce the amount of lipids (oil) in your tears, which allows tears to evaporate too rapidly. Statistics estimate that 86% of all dry eye patients are affected by a problem with their meibomian glands.

Because every case of dry eye is unique, you need an experienced specialist to evaluate your condition, determine the cause and recommend the best treatment. With offices in Manhattan (NYC) and West Orange, NJ, Dr. Alan Schlussel is your leading dry eye doctor. Why suffer? For relief from your painful symptoms, schedule an appointment at the Dry Eye Treatment Center of NY & NJ

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What Can Be Done About Dry Eye?

Dr. Alan B. Schlussel, OD, FAAO, offers personalized and expert treatment of dry eye syndrome at his NYC and West Orange, NJ optometry practices. During your comprehensive eye exam, Dr. Schlussel will evaluate the surface of your eyes and make sure you have an adequate amount of tears to keep your eyes healthy and comfortable.

After examining your eyes for the cause of your discomfort, Dr. Schlussel will discuss his findings with you and explain the best treatment options for your specific dry eye condition. He will also answer any questions you have, explain the likely outcomes of the treatment, and give you helpful tips on how to avoid dry eye symptoms.

New Contact Lenses for Dry Eye

If your current contact lenses are making your eyes dry, new brands of disposable contact lenses are specifically designed to reduce dry eye problems. Dr. Schlussel has extensive experience fitting these new, more comfortable lenses and can determine if they are right for you.

Dr. Schlussel may also recommend specific styles of sunglasses and protective eyewear to reduce your risk of dry eyes and make your eyes more comfortable outdoors and on the job.

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OCULUS Keratograph 5M

Unique features include examining the meibomian glands, non-invasive tear film break-up time and the tear meniscus height measurement and evaluating the lipid layer. All of these features make the Keratograph 5M very useful in the detection and evaluation of dry eye symptoms.

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Dr. Alan Schlussel practices optometry in both Manhattan and New Jersey and is considered one of the leading experts in Dry Eye treatment and care in Manhattan. He has patients from all over that come to visit for treatment and advice, including second opinions for Sjorgens, and contact lens use for Dry eye sufferers.

Dr. Schlussel is fortunate to have hundreds of happy patients, with over 550 reviews on his zocdoc page.

Give Dr. Schlussel a call today and schedule a dry eyes appointment.

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