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Dry Eyes Specialist

Cohen Laser & Vision Center

Board-Certified Refractive Surgery Specialists in South Florida

If your eyes are stinging, itching, and red, you could be suffering from dry eyes, which can make everyday activities like driving and watching TV difficult. At Cohen Laser & Vision Center in Boca Raton, Florida, G. Richard Cohen, MD, and Joshua Cohen, MD, specialize in managing dry eyes and offer revolutionary treatments, including LipiFlow®, to ease your symptoms and improve your quality of life. To schedule an appointment with the ophthalmology team, call the office or request an appointment online today.

Dry Eyes

What are dry eyes?

Dry eyes is an eye disease in which your eyes are unable to produce enough tears (aqueous deficiency) or the tears produced evaporate too quickly (meibomian gland disease).

It’s very common and affects as many as 100 million people worldwide.

If you have dry eyes, you might notice that situations like when you spend too much time staring at your computer screen or when you’re sitting in an air-conditioned room make your eyes drier.

What are the symptoms of dry eyes?

Dry eyes can cause a range of symptoms that vary in type and severity. Some of the symptoms you could experience include:

  • Eye burning and stinging
  • Eye dryness
  • Grittiness
  • Tearing
  • Eye fatigue
  • Stringy mucus around your eye
  • Blurry vision
  • Difficulty wearing contact lenses
  • Eye redness

With dry eyes you could also have a hard time driving at night, watching TV, or reading.

If you’re experiencing these symptoms, the team at Cohen Laser & Vision Center can evaluate your eyes and create a treatment plan to ease or eliminate your symptoms.

What causes dry eyes?

You develop dry eyes when your eyes lack an adequate supply of tears. Your tears are comprised of water, oil, and mucus. This mixture not only keeps your eyes lubricated but also offers protection against germs.

The primary causes of dry eyes include:

Decreased tear production

Your tear production might decrease due to an underlying health condition, certain medication, or from inflammation in the tear duct. You tear production also decreases as you get older.

Increased tear evaporation

Overexposure to wind, cold temperatures, and certain chemicals can cause your eyes to dry out. Not blinking for an extended period while you look at your computer screen can also lead to an increase in tear evaporation.

Imbalance in tear composition

It’s also possible that your dry eyes are due to an imbalance in the composition of your tears. If the oil glands (meibomian glands) in your eye become clogged, then your tears might not have an adequate amount of oil to properly lubricate your eye.

You could be at risk of developing dry eyes if you wear contact lenses or your diet doesn’t supply an adequate amount of vitamin A or omega-3 fatty acids.

How are dry eyes treated?

Selecting the right treatment for dry eyes depends on what’s causing the condition. You might be able to improve eye moisture by making a few lifestyle changes like limiting screen time or being more conscious of your blinking. You can also try dry eye drops to reduce inflammation and artificial tears to improve eye moisture.

The team at Cohen Laser & Vision Center also offers revolutionary treatments for dry eyes, including LipiFlow and BlephEx®. LipiFlow uses Vector Thermal Pulse Technology™ to unclog your meibomian gland to improve tear composition. BlephEx is a special tool that exfoliates debris around your eye to remove bacteria and biofilm that could be causing your eye inflammation and dryness.  

Dry eyes can have a significant on your quality of life. For comprehensive treatment to get you the relief you need, contact Cohen Laser & Vision Center by phone or online today.