Dry Eyes

Optometrists located in Bronx, NY

Dry Eyes

Dry eyes are one of the most common eye-related health problems affecting millions of Americans each year. At Vistasite Eye Care in The Bronx, New York City, experienced optometrist Rostislav Ryvkin, OD, provides complete care for dry eyes. After identifying the underlying cause, he makes personalized treatment recommendations to keep your eyes moist and free of irritation. Call Vistasite Eye Care in The Bronx today to schedule dry eye treatment, or book your appointment online. 

Dry Eyes Q & A

Why do my eyes feel dry and itchy?

Your tears are essential for maintaining healthy eyes and vision. Every time you blink, tear film spreads over your eye, creating a covering that provides lubrication, delivers oxygen and nutrients, and protects your eyes from dust and germs.

If your body doesn’t produce enough tears or your tears evaporate too quickly, you experience dry eyes. 

Other common causes of dry eyes include:

  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Exposure to smoke, wind, and dry environments
  • Looking at electronic screens for extended periods
  • Wearing contact lenses too long
  • Oil gland dysfunction
  • Eyelid inflammation

Certain medications can also affect your eyes' ability to produce tears, including decongestants and antihistamines. 

What are the symptoms of dry eyes?

Dry eye symptoms include the following:

  • Strings of mucus in the eyes
  • Tired eyes
  • Blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Red eyes
  • Stinging and burning eyes

Dry eyes often cause excess tear production. Your eyes respond to the irritation by producing more tears. 

Do dry eyes increase the risk of other vision problems?

You might develop more serious eye problems if you have a severe case of dry eyes and don’t get treatment. Without the lubrication and nourishment provided by tears, you’re at risk of experiencing inflammation, corneal abrasions, corneal ulcers, and other vision problems.

How does an optometrist treat dry eyes?

Dr. Ryvkin offers several treatments for dry eyes, including: 

Treating the underlying condition

Dry eyes often occur when the oil-producing glands in your eyelids get blocked. As a result, your tears don’t mix with the oil and evaporate too quickly. Warm compresses and gently massaging your eyes can remove the blockage and restore your tears. 

Adding tears

Mild cases of dry eyes often improve with prescription or over-the-counter eye drops.

Increasing tear production

Dr. Ryvkin might prescribe eye drops with medication that increases your tear production. He might also encourage you to take omega-3 fatty acid supplements. 

Conserving tears

If you have a severe case of dry eyes, Dr. Ryvkin might recommend tear preservation. For example, punctal plugs can block your tear ducts and prevent moisture from leaving your eyes. 

Contact Vistasite Eye Care in The Bronx today if you need relief from dry, irritated eyes. Call the office to make an appointment, or book your visit online.