Dry eye occurs when the eye does not properly produce tears of the correct quantity or consistency, meaning tears are insufficient to keep the eye nourished and healthy. Tears are important to keeping eyes cleared of debris and bacteria. The absence of proper tears can lead to a number of discomforts, so don’t hesitate to contact an optometrist if you’re experiencing issues and think you may need dry eye treatment.
Dry eye is a chronic condition in which something has gone wrong with some part of your tear film, resulting in compromised comfort, eye health, and/or vision. Your tear film consists of:
Your tears are important for comfort, protection, nourishment of the cornea (front surface of your eye), and for vision. Tears are the first refractive surface on your eye and having an unhealthy tear film can make your vision hazy even if you are looking out of the perfect prescription glasses or contacts. When discomfort becomes a daily struggle, dry eyes can have a profound impact on function and quality of life.
Symptoms often go undiagnosed and untreated, leaving our Port Jefferson residents wondering if they’ve been struck with a severe case of allergies.
Do not mistake dry eye symptoms for tired eyes or allergies. If left untreated, these symptoms can become chronic, more difficult to improve and, in some cases, permanent.
Lipiflow® is a new medical device that offers an alternative therapy for dry eye and blepharitis. The device gently massages the margins of the eyelids, using controlled heat to unclog the meibomian glands. This liquefies the secretions that block these glands, allowing the complex oils to flow freely again, restoring a healthier, more balanced tear film, which prevents tears from evaporating too rapidly.
Lipiflow® is comfortable, effective, convenient, and affordable.
To help alleviate discomfort in your day-to-day, avoid dry conditions and ensure you are allowing time for your eyes to rest between intensive use. If this isn’t doing the trick, it’s probably time to come see our optometrists at NSAEC for an eye exam.
Our eye evaluations and specific testing will help us determine the quality of tears produced by your eyes and what treatment will best serve as a solution. Whether it be state-of-the-art techniques and medications, or counseling on your lifestyle and the impact that it is having, our treatments work to restore the balance of moisture in the eyes and minimize discomfort.
Dry eye is a multifactorial disease of the tears and ocular surface. The exact causes of your dry eyes are as individual as you are. Our optometrists will give you a comprehensive evaluation to assess the specific causes of your condition and outline a treatment plan– formulated specifically for you – to help alleviate your symptoms.