Dry Eyes Specialist

Rajat Shetty, OD -  - Optometrist

Astoria Park Eyecare

Rajat Shetty, OD

Optometrist & Contact Lens Specialist located in Astoria, NY

Over three million people are diagnosed with dry eyes per year. If you experience prolonged red, irritated, or painful eyes, you may also have the condition. You don’t have to live with discomfort caused by dry eyes. Rajat Shetty, OD, at Astoria Park Eyecare in Ditmars, Astoria, offers diagnosis and treatment of dry eyes to patients of all ages. Find out if you have dry eyes by calling the New York City practice or using the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.

Dry Eyes Q & A

What are dry eyes?

Dry eyes are a condition where your eyes don’t make enough tears for adequate lubrication, or the tears made are of poor-quality. Dry eyes are uncomfortable and may cause a burning or stinging sensation. 

What are the symptoms of dry eyes?

The symptoms of dry eyes usually affect both eyes and may include: 

  • Scratchy or burning sensation
  • Light sensitivity
  • Feeling as though there is something in your eyes
  • Red eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Tired eyes
  • Difficulty driving at night
  • Difficulty wearing contacts

Dry eyes can be more than uncomfortable and can lead to complications. Because tears protect the eyes, having inadequate tears can lead to eye infections. If left untreated, severe dry eyes can lead to inflammation, scratching of the cornea, and long-term vision problems.

What causes dry eyes?

Environmental conditions can cause temporary dry eyes, including air-conditioning, airplane air, staring at a computer screen, or standing in the wind. 

However, the primary cause of dry eyes is a lack of tears. The inadequate moisture is caused by keratoconjunctivitis sicca (decreased tear production), tear evaporation, or an imbalance in the chemical makeup of your tears. 

Keratoconjunctivitis sicca

Keratoconjunctivitis sicca is a condition in which your eyes do not produce enough tears. This happens as part of the natural aging process, as a result of certain medical conditions, medications, or tear gland damage.

Tear evaporation

The cause of dry eyes may involve increased evaporation of tears, which commonly occurs due to wind, smoke, or dry air. You may also experience increased tear evaporation if you blink less frequently, such as when working in front of a computer or when reading a book.

Imbalanced chemical makeup of tears

Tears are a mixture of oil, mucus, and water. Dry eyes may occur if the chemical makeup of tears is out of balance.

How are dry eyes treated?

If you experience mild dry eye symptoms, for some over-the-counter eye drops are sufficient to replenish the moisture in your eyes. 

If you have chronic dry eyes or severe symptoms, the providers at Astoria Park Eyecare look at treating the underlying cause. Treatments can improve the quality of tears or prevent tear evaporation. Potential treatment options include:

  • Prescription medications
  • Closing tear ducts
  • Special contact lenses
  • Eliminating blocked oil glands
  • Light therapy
  • Eyelid massage

To diagnose and treat dry eye symptoms with a customized treatment for your situation, schedule an appointment online or call Astoria Park Eyecare.