If your eyes feel dry and frequently irritated, you may have a condition called dry eye. There are many ways that dry eye can affect you, and it can be important to see an optometrist to have it treated if you have it. Dry eye can interfere with many of the things you want to do, and there are treatments available for it so that it doesn't interfere with your life anymore. When you need an optometrist to examine your eyes for dry eye, call us if you live in Mid Town East, NY, or New York, NY, to schedule your appointment. We at Manhattan Vision Associates are here to help.
What Causes Dry Eye?
There are many causes of this condition, and you might not discover what is causing yours. However, many patients can figure out what is causing theirs and are able to make changes that can alleviate or eliminate their dry eye. One of the most common causes is aging. Dry eye is highly prevalent in seniors. You may also have a medical condition, such as either type of diabetes, that causes it. There is a wide range of medications that can cause it as well, including antidepressants. Being in a room frequently that is over air-conditioned or that has a fan facing you can also cause it. If you run, jog, or bike without eye protection, the wind can cause dry eye. Spending a lot of hours at the computer is another cause.
What Are the Symptoms of Dry Eye?
Dry eye comes with a number of possible symptoms, and you may have several of them. Having strings of mucus coming from your eyes is a clear sign. Your eyes may turn red, and they may simply feel dry. Eye irritation, a burning sensation, and stinging in your eyes are all common symptoms. You might think there is a foreign object in your eye or have a gritty feeling. Dry eye can also make your eyes feel fatigued and strained. It's common to have your eyes water because the body will try to overcompensate for the dryness. It can be important to keep track of the eye symptoms you have so that you can report them to an optometrist on our team.
What Can Help?
Sometimes a change in environment is all that is needed. Eye drops might also help. For severe cases, or one in which the underlying cause is more serious, advanced treatments might be needed.
See an Optometrist on Our Team
If you are in Mid Town East, NY, or New York, NY, we have an optometry office that is convenient for you. Make sure that you get your eye exam from an optometrist on our team if you suspect that you might have dry eye. We can help you with treatment options. Call us at (212) 688-4277 for Manhattan Vision Associates.