Dry Eyes

Connecticut Retina Consultants

Ophthalmologists & Retina Specialists located in New Haven, CT & Fairfield County, CT

If your tear duct system doesn’t work as it should, you may experience uncomfortable dry eyes. At Connecticut Retina Consultants, with locations in New Haven, Hamden, Madison, Trumbull, and Fairfield, Connecticut, the expert team of ophthalmologists helps evaluate your dry eyes and treats your condition so you experience relief from redness and itching. Call the office for an appointment for treatment for dry eyes.

Dry Eyes Q & A

What are dry eyes?

Your tears are produced by special glands by the eyes. Tears are made up of water, mucus, lubricating oils, and antibodies and keep your eyes healthy. When you have dry eyes, you aren’t producing enough of this fluid. Your eyes are therefore at greater risk of infection and discomfort. Dry eyes can describe a poor quality or quantity of tears.

What causes dry eyes?

Dry eyes can be caused by something as simple as a tear-flow drain that’s out of balance. You may also be subject regularly to an eye-irritating environment, such as excessive heat, air conditioning, or smoke. Your doctor looks for other potential causes for your eye dryness, including drug side effects, autoimmune disease, the natural aging process, or eyelids that don’t close properly.

Other potential causes include thyroid conditions, long-term use of contact lenses, and diabetes. Women are more likely to experience dry eyes than men.

What are the symptoms of dry eyes?

Dry eyes can cause your eyes to feel gritty and itchy. You may have excessive redness, blurry vision, or light sensitivity.

Dry eyes can also cause excessive tearing as your body tries to compensate for a lack of moisture. These compensatory tears don’t correct your dry eye problem, however, because they’re made mostly of water and don’t offer all the other compounds available in natural tears.

What is the treatment for dry eyes?

If over-the-counter tear replacement drops aren’t enough to resolve your symptoms, the team at Connecticut Retina Consultants may prescribe prescription ointments or artificial tears. Often they’re enough to resolve your problem and give you relief.

In special instances, you may need surgery to put in temporary or permanent plugs for the tear ducts.

Dietary changes, testosterone cream, or other medications can also help jump-start your natural tear production.

Other at-home treatments that can help relieve tears include:

  • Regularly blinking when reading or staring at a computer screen
  • Increasing the humidity in the air at work or at home
  • Wearing sunglasses to protect yourself from wind and sun exposure
  • Staying hydrated by drinking 8-10 glasses of fluids per day

If you’re struggling with the discomfort of dry eyes, call Connecticut Retina Consultants for a consultation.