Pittsburgh’s Top Ophthalmologists
Dry Eyes Treatment
Since 1969, the dedicated providers at North Park Ophthalmology have provided compassionate, expertly-informed eye care to the greater Pittsburgh areas. Our patients receive treatment plans that are tailored to their individual needs, ensuring the best possible clinical outcomes.
Our board-certified dry eye specialists are highly experienced in identifying and treating dry eyes, no matter the cause. We stay on the forefront of the latest ocular testing and treatment tools, so that you can find relief from your symptoms quickly and safely.
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Expert Dry Eye Treatment
Did you know up to 20 percent of adults in the United States are affected by dry eyes? This highly common condition is a nuisance at best, and painful at worst. Many people with dry eyes assume that there is nothing to be done about the conditions, so they suffer needlessly. Here at North Park Ophthalmology, we understand how frustrating and uncomfortable dry eyes can be. We are equipped with the latest diagnostic tools to determine if you have dry eyes, and can develop a treatment plan customized to your unique needs. Put your ‘dry eyes doctor near me’ searches to rest and make an appointment with a member of our team today!
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Experienced Eye Care
Does it hurt when you put in your contact lenses? Do you have a gritty, stinging feeling in your eyes? If so, you may have dry eyes - a common yet easily treated condition that can occur with age, certain medications, or following Lasik eye surgery. Our team can recommend a number of treatment options based on your specific symptoms and lifestyle needs. If you want to minimize your dry eye discomfort until you can be seen by one of our specialists, be sure to avoid very warm rooms, start using a humidifier, and wear wrap-around sunglasses when outdoors on windy days.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are Dry Eyes?
Dry eyes is a condition that occurs when the eyes do not produce enough tears for adequate lubrication.
What are the Symptoms of Dry Eyes?
The symptoms of dry eyes include:
- Stinging or burning sensation
- A feeling that there is something “in” your eye
- Blurred vision
- Light sensitivity
- Red, irritated, inflamed appearance to the eyes
- Mucus in or around the eyes
- Wearing contact lenses is painful
What are the Treatment Options for Dry Eyes?
Our specialists may recommend the following treatment options for dry eyes:
- Artificial tears or ointment - Prescription or over-the-counter
- Punctal plugs - Small silicone or gel plugs inserted into the tear ducts
What Causes Dry Eyes?
Dry eyes are commonly caused by aging, and is particularly common in post-menopausal women. We tend to make fewer tears as we age due to changes in our hormones. Some other causes of dry eyes include:
- Thyroid disease
- Long-term contact lens wear
- Eye strain from electronic screens
- LASIK eye surgery
- Certain medications for high blood pressure
- Heartburn medication