Good eye health is something many of us take for granted until there is a problem. It is very important to have comprehensive eye checkups on a preventive basis. However, there is one eye problem that may emerge during the winter months, and that is the condition known as dry eye. Even if you have recently been to the eye doctor for a checkup, you may want to return to our 10532 eye doctor for treatment of dry eye in the winter.
At Hudson Valley Eye Associates, LLP our expert and highly-trained ophthalmologists are: Dr. Howard P. Phillips; Dr. Jean R. Tostanoski; and Dr. Edmund P. Farris. One of the problems we see and treat quite often is the problem of dry eye. This eye condition can be more than a simple annoyance; if left untreated it can lead to serious eye irritation and damage. Dry eye can lead to eye infection, scarring in the eye and visual impairment. Dry eye can become more common in people during the winter weather. Our 10532 eye doctor will be able to examine your eyes to see if this is the cause of your discomfort, and successfully treat it with one of many different treatment options. Many millions of Americans over 50 have dry eye. This is a chronic condition in which tears fail to produce normally; there are either too few tears or the tears are of poor quality. Dry eye can occur more often in winter months due to the coldness and crispness of the air outside, and the drying heat that people are exposed to inside.
Our 10532 eye doctor will be able to determine the exact cause of your dry eye and treat you accordingly. Many times dry eye can be treated with over-the-counter or prescription eye drops. Prescription eye drops can help improve the quality and quantity of the tears. Other treatments can include the insertion of a plug into the tear ducts to help keep tears in the eyes longer, or surgery that permanently closes the tear ducts. You may have dry eyes if your eyes constantly are scratchy, burn and cause general discomfort. If you would like to meet with one of our expert eye doctors for a comprehensive eye exam and to gain relief from your dry eyes, contact our practice today.