Dry Eye Treatment in Philadelphia

The team of board-certified ophthalmologists at Northern Ophthalmic Associates knows that dry eyes can be very uncomfortable and distracting for our patients. We understand that after a while dry eyes can start to take a toll on quality of life. Our goal is to quickly identify the cause of the problem and treat it in order to reduce symptoms and restore ocular health.

What Is Dry Eye Syndrome?

 Dry Eye Treatment Northeastern Philadelphia

Many factors, including allergies, medication and contact lenses, can trigger the occasional bout of dry, itchy eyes. However, chronic dry eye syndrome is caused by decreased tear production or increased tear evaporation.

Tears are critical for keeping the eyes lubricated, washing away dirt and debris and reducing the risk of infection. Tears have a mixture of water, mucous and oil; the water moisturizes the eye, the mucous helps spread the tears over the surface of the eye and the oil keeps the tears from prematurely evaporating off the eye’s surface.

If an insufficient number of tears are produced — or if the tears produced have an insufficient amount of oil — dry eye syndrome can occur. The meibomian glands play a key role in tear production, as they are responsible for secreting oil to prevent the tears from evaporating.

Signs and Symptoms of Dry Eye

Dry eye syndrome can cause any of the following symptoms (usually in both eyes):

Who Is At Risk of Dry Eye Syndrome?

Risk factors for dry eyes include the following:

Diagnosing Dry Eye

Anyone experiencing dry eye symptoms is encouraged to see one of our ophthalmologists for a screening. Our ophthalmologists can use several different techniques to measure the production and composition of the tears. We look at the eyelids and the surface of the eye in order to determine the exact cause of the condition. If a diagnosis of dry eye is confirmed, we can review the appropriate treatment options.

Treating Dry Eyes

Our goal is to identify what causes dry eye — whether it be decreased tear production or a chemical imbalance of the tears — and treat that.

Dry Eye Treatment Northeastern PhiladelphiaA common therapy for dry eyes is using artificial tears and lubricating ointments to supplement the moisture in the eyes, thus alleviating symptoms. Artificial tears are used throughout the day and the ointment applied before bed. We can recommend over-the-counter or prescription options, based on the case.

Other drugs like Restasis are designed to treat the cause of dry eye by boosting tear production. These can be used alongside artificial tears.

Punctal plugs are an effective way to stop tears from draining away. The tiny implants fit into the tear drainage ducts. Some plugs are temporary and dissolve after about three months, and others are permanent. The plugs cannot be seen or felt in the eye.

If these methods fail to work, a minor, in-office procedure to close the tear drainage system may be recommended. This helps to conserve natural and artificial tears.

Learn More about the Treatment of Dry Eyes

If you experience dry, itchy or burning eyes, you could have dry eye syndrome. Northern Ophthalmic Associates invites you to call or email our office and request an appointment to be screened.

Our Locations

Jenkintown

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Northern Ophthalmic Associates - Jenkintown
500 Old York Road, Suite 102 Jenkintown PA 19046 (215) 885-6830

Norristown

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Northern Ophthalmic Associates - Norristown
1330 Powell Street, Suite 503 Norristown PA 19401 (610) 272-6888

North East Philadelphia

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Northern Ophthalmic Associates – North East Philadelphia
9880 Bustleton Avenue, Suite 313 Philadelphia PA 19115 (215) 677-9762

Central City Philadelphia

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Northern Ophthalmic Associates – Central City Philadelphia
840 Walnut Street, Suite 1240 Philadelphia PA 19107 (215) 885-6830