If your eyes have been feeling irritated and your vision has become intermittently blurred, you may be suffering with dry eye syndrome. At Suburban Eye Associates, our North Philadelphia eye specialists, one of whom is Dr. Yelena Fishman, can provide you with an eye exam and determine whether or not you are having problems with his easily treatable eye condition.
A patient can develop dry eyes for different reasons. Sometimes hormonal changes that occur as you age can cause you to have dry eyes. Dry eyes can also be caused by environmental factors, and can even be made worse by dry or cold weather conditions. Dry eye can also be caused by certain medications that you may take which can include blood pressure medicines, antidepressants, or antihistamines. In addition, certain medical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or thyroid problems, can also can cause dry eye. When a patient has dry eye, it means that the tears that they produce are not of sufficient quality, or quantity, to keep the eyes well lubricated and healthy. When a patient has dry eye, their eyes may be feeling irritated, or gritty. Dry eye in itself is not a serious condition, however, if it is left untreated, the cornea can become damaged due to constant irritation. For this reason, it is very important that you are treated for dry eye. Dry eye can be easily diagnosed during an eye exam by our North Philadelphia eye specialist. In mild to moderate cases of dry eye, dry eye can usually be easily treated by the use of prescription eye drops which are self-administered on a daily basis. In more severe cases of dry eye, our eye doctor may recommend that you have tiny plugs inserted into your tear ducts; these plugs are removable and are made to keep tears in the eyes longer. In the most serious cases of dry eye, eye surgery can be performed which will permanently close your tear ducts.
For an appointment to meet with our North Philadelphia eye specialist regarding dry eye diagnosis and treatment, contact us today.