dry-eyesDry eye is a common condition affecting Americans in all regions of the country. Sufferers often comlain of dry, tired eyes or of a foreign body sensation in the eye. Other symptoms include blurriness, scratchiness, burning, stinging and sensitivity to light. Dry eye is caused from an inadequate wetting and lubrication of the eye. Blinking is the body’s way of spreading moisture over the surface of the eye. This natural tear film refreshes and protects the eye throughout the day. The average person blinks nearly 8,000 times a day, but that number decreases dramatically – by nearly half during extended periods of time spent on concentrated near work such as reading, watching television or working on the computer. If the tear film deteriorates and the surface of the eye is not constantly refreshed, tiny wounds, or “micro-traumas,” will develop on the cornea causing the painful symptoms of dry eye. Other factors such as aging, hormonal changes, certain types of medications, including antihistamines and antidepressants, smoke, pollution, wind, and environments with low humidity such as offices and airplanes also can damage the tear film and exacerbate symptoms of the condition. Our office specializes in Dry Eye evaluations and treatment. We can provide a comprehensive evaluation to determine the most likely causes of your Dry Eye condition. There are specific treatments for the causes of Dry Eyes, such as over the counter, prescription, or other non-surgical options. Please call the office at (954) 432-7711 for your evaluation.