About Dry Eye Syndrome
Nearly everyone will have dry, itchy eyes at times, but if it lingers for more than a few days or occurs repeatedly, you might have a condition known as dry eye syndrome. This common eye condition happens because of the underproduction of tears or lubrication within your tears. You may suffer from dry eye syndrome due to certain medical conditions, prescription drugs, or lifestyle factors. Tears are essential for the overall health of your eyes. So if you experience a tear production problem, it can cause severe inflammation of the eyes or problems with vision. Dry eye syndrome is nearly always caused by an underlying illness, and once we have diagnosed and treated the reason, your dry eye symptoms may be significantly reduced.
At Palm Beach Eye Center in Lake Worth, FL, our eye doctors offer several solutions for patients dealing with dry eye syndrome. During your consultation, we perform a full eye exam to properly diagnose your dry eye and provide the proper treatment. To learn more about procedures for dry eye syndrome, please contact Palm Beach Eye Center to schedule your consultation.
Dry Eye Syndrome Reviews
"Horrible Experience - I never write reviews but felt compelled in this disturbing case. I visited Dr Wallshein to treat eye inflammation due to ocular rosacea. After a VERY BRIEF examination, I was advised my eye glands were blocked. I was diagnosed with MGD and Dry Eye. He stressed the urgency of treatment, instilling major fear that I will lose all my eye glands. In reality this is a common condition not requiring the urgent intervention recommended. I was strongly directed to have a procedure called Lipiflow which cleans the blocked eyelid glands. Conveniently for Dr Wallshein’s wallet/profit, I was told I could have it immediately at a cost of “$1000”. The fear factor instilled in me by the Dr led me to have this costly procedure. Without having any benefit of research and out of fear I accepted. I later learned there are other much less costly ways to resolve the issue. Dr Wallshein also insisted on a specific optho antibiotic doxycycline that he has to make and costs $200. I later learned there are alternatives that cost $8 dollars. The Dr does not alleviate your fears and concerns nor fully explain his diagnosis or prognosis. This practice is nothing but a money making enterprise. He will over recommend procedures and medications, none covered by insurance. The Dr is more interested in lining his own pockets than consideration of less expensive alternatives. Further, upon my arrival there were no less than “40” patients in the waiting room. A horrible anxiety producing chaotic environment. A patient factory. In summation this practice namely Dr Jay Wallshein is more concerned with his personal profit than his patients eye health or ability to pay for his costly procedures and medications of which are offensively and egregiously expensive and not covered by insurance even when viable alternatives are available. Horrible and upsetting experience. I suggest you select another Opthamologist at all cost. Save yourself personal grief, anxiety, disappointment and severe financial loss."- Anonymous / Vitals / Oct 16, 2019
"I have been a patient with Dr Wallshein at Palm Beach Eye for many years, he has been treating me for dry eye syndrome. The office is run very efficiently, and professionally. Occasionally very busy, but they do eventually get around to getting all the patients in. I had dry eye testing done today by Alis--very professional and explained what she was doing thoroughly. I have always been pleased with the professionalism of Dr Wallshein and his treatment of me and will answer questions and give me his honest opinion in my care. Stephanie was very nice when checking me out and making my next appointment---explained about the best days and time to make my appointment so I would not have to wait as long and explained why this does sometimes happens--- very friendly and I appreciated the truthfulness. I recommend this group when asked by people I know. Mimi Martin"- M.M. / Google / Dec 16, 2019
What to Expect with Dry Eye Syndrome Symptoms and Treatment
Individuals who suffer from dry eye syndrome commonly experience uncomfortable symptoms, like:
- Decreased vision
- Bloodshot eyes
- Heavy feeling
- Foreign body sensation when wearing contact lenses
- Light sensitivity
- Trouble driving at night
The major causes of dry eye syndrome are insufficient tear production or poor-quality tears. Dry eye syndrome may occur whenever the lacrimal glands, meibomian glands, or goblet cells become unbalanced because of hormonal changes, computer use, medical conditions like diabetes, and specific prescription medications. During your appointment, one of our Lake Worth, FL ophthalmologist team members will perform a comprehensive eye exam to review the structures of your eye, discuss your medical history, and develop a treatment plan. Your treatment strategy may include specialized eye drops, or for more severe dry eye syndrome cases, we perform punctal occlusion or LipiFlow®. With punctal occlusion, we place special plugs in your tear ducts, which preserve the real tears in your eyes. If we find that you have obstructed meibomian glands, LipiFlow reduces pressure and unclogs this part of your eye(s).
Dry Eye Syndrome FAQ
Can certain foods help with dry eye syndrome?
Yes! We recommend incorporating fish, leafy greens, chia seeds, flaxseed, beans, and more water. A mix of these items could help reduce the symptoms of dry eye syndrome.
Is dry eye syndrome permanent?
Unfortunately, there is no permanent solution for this condition. However, we offer several helpful treatments that can significantly decrease symptoms and protect your ocular health. These treatments include special eye drops, punctal occlusion, or LipiFlow® to unclog meibomian glands.
Can dry eyes damage your eyes?
Without the proper amount of tears, you may have an increased risk for eye infections, which could damage the surface of your eyes. When left untreated, severe dry eyes could cause inflammation, abrasion, corneal ulcers, and vision loss.
Relieve Your Dry Eye Today
Living with dry eye syndrome is not only painful, but it can also lead to vision impairment if left untreated. If you suffer from dry eye symptoms or have tried multiple over-the-counter solutions but found no relief, a dry eye exam with our professional eye care group could provide relief. We encourage patients in our Delray Beach, FL and Lake Worth, FL communities to schedule an appointment with one of our ophthalmologists at Palm Beach Eye Center. Our South Florida eye care professionals can diagnose and treat different kinds of dry eye syndrome.