Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry Eye Syndrome

If you frequently experience symptoms of dryness, scratchiness and a burning sensation, you are not alone. Dry Eye Syndrome regularly affects more than 45% of American adults, predominantly women. Dry Eye causes visual blur as well as difficulty using computers in the mild to moderates stages, but can become even more visually and physically debilitating as it progresses. Non-prescription eye drops (lubricants/artificial tears) are often only minimally and temporarily effective.

Many factors contribute to Dry Eye including gender, age, medications and environment. Any or all of these can cause alterations and deficiencies in the health of the tear film. Most Dry Eye results from a combination of two mechanisms: a tear film which evaporates too quickly and a lack of sufficient tear production.

Our office specializes in the comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of Dry Eye Syndrome. We utilize the latest technologies to evaluate your particular condition. We employ non-invasive computerized instrumentation as well standard microscopic observation techniques to determine the underlying causes of your symptoms. Simply put, we measure and evaluate both your tear quality and tear quantity.

Using this information we tailor a treatment program for you. Our goal is to keep it as simple and cost-effective as possible. A combination of well selected newer formulations of lubricants and prescription drops, as well as nutritional support will jump-start the treatment, reduce exacerbations and provide relief from acute flare-ups.

What's even more exciting, however, it that we now have the ability to treat the underlying cause of the most common form of dry eye, Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. Our LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation system applies automated heat and massage to unblock the obstructed glands which are responsible for maintaining a healthy tear film oil layer. This oil layer is critical to preventing evaporation of tears. This painless 12-minute in office treatment is available in our Manhattan location and is quickly becoming the most sought after remedy for chronic dry eyes. It may significantly reduce your dependency on artificial tears and allow you to wear your contact lenses here more comfortably.

We recognize that Dry Eye Syndrome is a chronic condition that requires on-going management. Our goal is to help prevent both the symptoms and the treatment from becoming an increasingly intrusive part of your life!