Chronic dry eye is a bothersome condition, though not dangerous. Your vision and your general health are not threatened by it, at least not in the long run. In the short term, chronic dry eye can have some negative impact upon your sight. At Vision Center of New York, our Williamsbridge eye doctor will evaluate and treat your chronic dry eye. Both Dr. Gary R. Fishman and Dr. Simon Wu are highly skilled ophthalmologists with a great deal of experience in this area.
You are likely to experience one or more symptoms with chronic dry eye. For example, a burning or stinging sensation in the eyes, tired eyes, sensitivity to light, reddening of the eyes, and blurry vision (especially if you read a lot or spend a great deal of time in front of a computer) are all signs that could point to chronic dry eye. Risk factors for it include wearing contact lenses, as well as exposure to smoke or wind. If you notice any of the listed symptoms, the first thing you should do is call us to arrange an appointment with our Williamsbridge eye doctor.
A thorough checkup, including diagnostic tests, will assist in forming a diagnosis. One of these tests will measure the volume of your tears. Blotting strips of paper will be placed underneath your lower eyelids. In addition, specially dyed eye drops will determine the quality of your tears. These, and possibly additional tests as needed, will allow our Williamsbridge eye doctor to evaluate your chronic dry eye and to recommend the best way to address it.
Fortunately, most of the time chronic dry eye can be treated fairly easily using non-surgical methods. Artificial tears can work very well, either over the counter or in prescription strength. Surgery is a last resort and is rarely needed to treat chronic dry eye. In addition to noninvasive remedies, certain lifestyle changes may be recommended as well. Among these are avoiding smoke, wind, and air conditioning. Humidifiers can do a great job in mitigating symptoms of chronic dry eye by adding moisture to the air in your home or office. If you are suffering with chronic dry eye, you can depend on our Williamsbridge eye doctor to work with you on the solution.