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By effectively managing your dry eye syndrome, you can protect the health of your eyes and reduce the risk of long-term complications. Contact us to schedule your dry eye evaluation.

Dry Eye Evaluation, New York, NY 

If you feel a stinging or burning sensation in your eyes, you could be suffering from dry eye. At Dr. Gary Tracy Optometry & Eyewear in New York, New York, our skilled eye care professionals have the expertise and technology to properly diagnose dry eye syndrome.

What is dry eye?    

Dry eye syndrome occurs when your eyes do not produce enough tears or when the tears evaporate too quickly. Tears play a crucial role in maintaining optimal eye health and vision. They not only help you see clearly but also lubricate your eyes and protect against infections. That’s why ensuring proper tear production and drainage is crucial for maintaining optimal eye health and vision. 

What are the symptoms of dry eye?    

Common symptoms of dry eye include:  

  • Persistent dryness, scratchiness, or grittiness in the eyes 
  • Irritation or burning sensation 
  • Redness and sensitivity to light 
  • Excessive tearing (reflex tearing) as a response to eye dryness 
  • Blurred vision, especially during prolonged device use 
  • Difficulty wearing contact lenses comfortably 
  • Stringy mucus or discharge from your eyes    

Dry eye is frequently misdiagnosed as its symptoms can mimic those of allergies. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is essential to schedule an appointment with your optometrist. Identifying the condition in its early stages allows for timely treatment, minimizing discomfort and promoting better eye health. 

What causes dry eye?    

One of the leading causes of dry eye disease is meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). These tiny glands in your eyelids produce oils that help prevent the tears from evaporating too quickly. When these glands become blocked or dysfunctional, the tear film becomes unstable, leading to dryness and discomfort. 

Other causes of dry eye include:  

  • Hormonal changes caused by pregnancy, use of oral contraceptives, and menopause   
  • Certain medications such as antihistamines and decongestants   
  • Certain diseases and conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren’s syndrome, arthritis, diabetes, or thyroid problems  
  • Blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelids) 
  • Exposure to cold, smoke, and dry climates    
  • Activities like driving, reading, computer use, or watching TV cause you to blink less often, and blinking less can also cause dry eye.  

How is dry eye diagnosed?    

During an eye exam at Dr. Gary Tracy Optometry & Eyewear, our eye doctor will examine you for signs of dry eye. If our optometrists determine that you need specialized treatment for your dry eye, we will refer you to trusted specialists in the area. These specialists may include ophthalmologists or ocular surface experts who can offer advanced treatments tailored to your specific needs.

Schedule a dry eye evaluation in New York, NY 

Remember, early diagnosis and intervention are key to managing dry eye effectively. Don’t let dry eye impact your comfort and vision. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Gary Tracy Optometry & Eyewear today.