What Is 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
"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
"I've had dry eyes for years, and been to many other physicians in the area that prescribed basic treatments with minimal or no effect. Sadly I had been doing this when I could have been getting the best care early on. My error. I read some reviews on here about lipiflow and the doctor prescribing it and negativity. All that is false and over played. My glands were 50 percent gone and my tear production was so bad I'd wake up in the middle of the night with pain and eyes stuck together. When I saw the good doctor I had been given many options including lipiflow and autologous serum. I said forget the cost and just tell me what I need. He said Lipiflow and serum but let's do one first and see if we can get you to normal. That's a good man. I felt much better after Lipiflow and then decided to do serums. Then i felt like I was 18 again and now wind blows in my face and I love it. I would highly encourage anyone that reads reviews to found out how many patients"- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Feb 09, 2022
"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 / Mar 19, 2020
"Dr Jay Wallshein, his colleagues & his entire staff are extremely professional. This is a comprehensive eye center handling all eye problems. Dr Wallshein takes the time to answer all questions I may have. He keeps current on all eye treatments & monitors issues in an effort to prevent irreversible problems with my eyes, as well as for my mom & husband. With the treatments he has done for my dry eye condition, I no longer have an issue. Because of family history he knows what to look out for in my aging eyes. Dr Wallshein was instrumental in saving my mom’s eyesight due to a retina problem & glaucoma. His technicians are patient, thorough and very friendly. The optical manager, Jim Hurlbert, is top notch. Jim is extremely knowledgeable about the products in the optical Dept. He strives to ensure his customers are satisfied. When the lenses arrive from the lab, he becomes a quality control rep...making sure that the lenses fit properly & that the customer is totally satisfied. A satisfied customer is a return customer! I highly recommend Palm Beach Eye center for all your optical needs!"- L.G. / Google / Mar 19, 2021
"Family and friends have been patients of Dr. Wallshein for many years. Even when he's super busy he always gets us in for emergencies and whenever we need to be seen. From many years ago until now we have been very happy with him and continue to be happy with him. One of my friends had an operation from another physician at a didn't go as well as planned. Dr Wallshein fixed him well and now he sees great and feels great. We've had many different types of care treatments including for dry eyes, cataract, pterygium and macular degeneration. We've always been very pleased with our outcomes. I've seen a few negative reviews about him but they're definitely not true. He's extremely personable loves to talk about the patient's lives and also communicates about his own very effectively to make you part of his life. He's the most caring physician oven know and beyond smart. He's the doc that will figure out what's wrong when others don't. We have experience with that as well. if you need help with anything he'll be there and if you ask him for more time or to talk about anything else he'll definitely stay and listen or communicate."- J.F. / Google / Mar 19, 2021
What Causes Dry Eye Syndrome?
Though there are several factors that can cause dry eyes, aging is the primary factor. As individuals continue to age, tear production decreases, which leads to dry tear ducts. Other factors that can cause eye dryness include:
- A dry or indoor environment
- Hormonal changes that are often seen in women during pregnancy or after menopause
- Contact lenses
- Poor blinking habits when reading or looking at a computer for a long period of time
- Certain medications, such as tranquilizers, birth control pills, or certain heart medications
What are Symptoms of the Dry Eye Syndrome?
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
Please schedule an appointment in our office today if you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above. We can perform a comprehensive eye exam and craft a treatment plan that helps to improve your vision.
Who is a candidate for dry eye treatment?
There are a few signs that accompany dry eye syndrome. You may be a good candidate for severe dry eye syndrome treatment if you've experienced any of the following symptoms in both of your eyes:
- A stinging, burning, or scratchy sensation
- Sensitivity to light
- Difficulty wearing contacts
- Watery eyes (the body's response to irritation of the eyes)
- Blurred vision or fatigue
- Eye redness
- Difficulty with driving at night
- Stringy mucus in or around your eyes
Any prolonged irritation of the above symptoms may mean that you require help for dry eye syndrome. You should see our eye specialists when you've gone through eye irritation that is a consistent problem. If you’re wondering if dry eye treatment is right for you, schedule a consultation with eye specialists at Palm Beach Eye Center.
How it dry eye syndrome treated?
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 to help with tear production
- Punctal occlusion (for more severe cases) which places special plugs in your tear ducts to preserve the real tears in your eyes
- LipiFlow® to reduce pressure and unclog obstructed meibomian glands in 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.
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