DON’T LET DRY EYES DEFEAT YOU by Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin
Do your eyes sting and burn at times? Do they feel gritty? Do you have excessive tearing? Have these symptoms become even worse over these past few winter months? If you answered “yes” to some of these questions, you may have dry eyes. Do not worry...you are not alone. About 59 million Americans suffer from Dry Eye Syndrome. Of this population, about 75% are over the age of 65. The symptoms are worse in the winter; when you are out in the wind; or after reading or using your eyes intently for a long time.
To help alleviate some of the symptoms of dry eyes, our first line of treatment is tear replacement with over-the-counter artificial tears. Do not be intimidated by the wide variety of tears to choose from on the store shelves. You may have to try a few of them to find your preferred choice. If that does not work, we can try punctal plugs to block the tears you have from leaving the eye. These tiny “corks” can be placed easily in the office and are often quite successful. Another route is the use of prescription drops such as Restasis that change the quality of your tears so they coat the eye more effectively.
Don’t try to diagnose yourself, however. If you think you have some of the symptoms above you should schedule a comprehensive eye examination. We will thoroughly evaluate your eyes and your vision and determine the appropriate remedy for your situation. We can help – don’t let dry eyes defeat you!
See www.LakeShoreVision.com for more information about dry eyes and other common eye problems.
Call 262-241-1919 for appointments other other questions.
Dr. Martha Jay is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist specializing in medical and surgical eye care such as iLASIK (blade-free LASIK) and small incision cataract surgery with premium lens implants. She trained in Ophthalmology at Northwestern University in Chicago and founded Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals in 1992.