Learn More About Causes of Dry Eyes
Treatment options, including dry eye contact lenses, are available in Manhattan and West Orange.
What causes dry eye?
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.
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.
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
- Sensitivity to light
- Contact lens discomfort
What can be done about dry eye? What treatments are available?
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.
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 treatments provides the best results.
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.