Dr. Ernest Kornmehl is an experienced ophthalmologist, providing comprehensive treatment for a number of refractive errors including dry eye. As a talented Boston vision correction specialist, he also performs CK Surgery and custom Wavefront LASIK at his Boston area offices.

Dry Eye Treatment Boston

Do you suffer from dry or irritated eyes? Dry eye can be caused by a number of factors. On the page below, Dr. Ernest Kornmehl explains the various causes of dry eye and symptoms of dry eye. It is important to be properly evaluated for dry eye if you are considering laser eye surgery so that the refractive surgery can be properly tailored to your condition.

What is Dry Eye?

Dry eye is a chronic condition that occurs when a person doesn't have enough quality tears to adequately moisturize and nourish the eyes resulting from inadequate production or rapid evaporation. Tears are critical for eye health and clear vision, and when the quantity or quality of the tears is compromised, the eyes can feel constantly dry and irritated. The condition progressively worsens, and the most advanced cases can lead to inflammation and possibly scarring on the surface of the eye.

What Causes Dry Eye?

A normal, healthy eye constantly produces tears that bathe the cornea, or the clear covering of the eye. The tears are composed of a complex chemistry of water, mucous and oil. People with dry eye either do not produce enough tears to lubricate the eye, or the composition of the tears is off and they prematurely evaporate from the surface of the eye. Evaporative dry eye occurs when there is a problem with the meibomian glands, which produce the oily substance that prevents the evaporation of tears.

Common Causes of Dry Eye Include:

The following can exacerbate Dry Eye:

How Do I Know If I Have Dry Eye?

Everyone's eyes occasionally feel dry or irritated. However, if your eyes regularly feel like they are burning or stinging, you blink often or you often reach for artificial tears for relief, you could have dry eye. Another indication that you might have dry eye is that you have difficulty wearing contact lenses, reading or looking at a computer screen for extended periods of time. These symptoms of dry eye tend to get worse in the evenings. Some patients with dry eye have no symptoms, particularly contact lens wearers. Long-term contact lens wear can reduce corneal sensation.

Common Symptoms of Dry Eye:

How Do I Know if I Need Dry Eye Treatment?

A comprehensive evaluation with Dr. Kornmehl will determine if you are in need of dry eye treatment in Boston. He will customize your treatment according to your specific condition.

Can Dry Eye Come And Go?

Dry eye is an ongoing condition. However, in the early stages of the disease, the symptoms may be noticeable only in certain conditions. For example, the eyes may feel dry and irritated at the end of a long day, in windy or dry climates or after wearing contact lenses. In some people, the symptoms are more apparent when they are dehydrated. Usually the symptoms become more consistent in nature.

Can Dry Eyes Affect Vision?

Yes, dry eye can have noticeable effects on vision. The most common visual effect is blurry vision, which may fluctuate throughout the day. Although most people with dry eye complain about the uncomfortable and sometimes debilitating symptoms of the disease, studies have shown that dry eye can reduce visual acuity. This is because the surface of the eye is meant to be covered in a smooth, even layer of tears in order to see clearly. When something disrupts the even layer of tears, vision can falter.

Can You Cure Dry Eye?

Although dry eye may not be completely curable, depending on its root cause and severity, the symptoms can be properly managed with the help of an eye expert. Sometimes this involves making simple lifestyle changes, such as not smoking or stopping or changing medications that cause dry eye. Prescription medications may be used to increase the moisture in the eye.

Dr. Kornmehl offers punctum plugs and various medicated eye drops for aqueous deficient dry eye and the LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation System for cases of evaporative dry eye. The therapy uses a combination of heat and gentle pressure to clear obstructed meibomian glands, curing an oil deficiency in the tears. As a result, the tears no longer evaporate prematurely.

How Do You Prevent Dry Eyes?

There are a few things you can do to reduce your risk of dry eye:

For more information about dry eye syndrome, please contact Kornmehl Laser Eye Associates today.

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