Dry Eye Specialist

Eye Care Physicians & Surgeons PC -  - Ophthalmologist

Eye Care Physicians & Surgeons PC

Ophthalmologists located in Woodstock, VA & Winchester, VA

Everyone gets dry, itchy eyes from time to time, but if you’re suffering with chronic grittiness, irritation, scratching, burning, or watery eyes, you may have dry eye. Alla Hynes, MD, and her practice at Eye Care Physicians & Surgeons PC, located in Woodstock and Winchester, Virginia, can diagnose your condition and develop a treatment plan for you. If you’re ready to put dry eye behind you, book an appointment online or over the phone today.

Dry Eye Q & A

What causes dry eye?

Dry eye happens when you don’t have enough high-quality tears, or enough tears in general, to keep your eyes nourished and lubricated. A number of things can cause inadequate tear production. Among the most common causes are:

  • Certain medications, such as antidepressants, blood pressure medicine, antihistamines, and decongestants
  • Medical conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid disease, and diabetes
  • Blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelids)
  • Exposure to smoke, wind, or dry air
  • Prolonged staring at a computer screen
  • Refractive eye surgery
  • Prolonged use of contact lenses
  • Hormonal changes from oral contraceptives, pregnancy, or menopause
  • Age

How do you diagnose dry eye?

To determine if you’re suffering with dry eye syndrome, and if so, what kind, Dr. Hynes will begin by asking you a number of questions, such as those related to:

  • Your health history
  • Your symptoms
  • The details of your regular environment, such as if there’s smoke present, if you work in front of a screen, etc.

Once she’s done that, she’ll examine your eyes. During this part of the visit, she’ll do things like:

  • Inspect your blink dynamics and lid structure
  • Use a bright light and magnification to study your corneas and eyelids
  • Measure your tears for quantity, quality, the presence of abnormalities, and tear flow

Once she’s done this, Dr. Hynes will have a good idea of whether or not you’re suffering with dry eye. If she determines that you are, she’ll then discuss treatment options with you.

How do you treat dry eye?

How you treat dry eye depends on the type and severity of the condition you’re suffering from. Treatments range from using over-the-counter artificial tears to eyelid surgery. Generally, Dr. Hynes chooses from therapies and medications that do one of the following:

  • Conserve tears
  • Add tears
  • Increase tear production
  • Treat inflammation

Examples of treatments that produce one or more of these results include:

  • Cyclosporine eye drops for cornea inflammation
  • Autologous blood serum drops
  • Tear-stimulating eye drops, pills, or gel
  • Eyelid massage or light therapy to unblock oil glands

If you’re ready to rid yourself of the discomfort of dry eye, reach out to the caring professionals at Eye Care Physicians & Surgeons PC. Book your appointment online or over the phone today.

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