Dry Eyes Specialist

Rothchild Eye Institute

Ophthalmologists located in Delray Beach, FL

If you have dry eyes, your eyes may not produce good quality tears that are important to maintaining optimal eye health. Eric J. Rothchild, MD, and his team at Rothchild Eye Institute are proud to offer patients in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, and Boynton Beach, Florida a number of treatments to improve their dry eyes and protect their vision. For an evaluation of your dry eyes and personalized treatment plan, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Dry Eyes Q & A

What are dry eyes?

Dry eyes are a common eye problem caused by your body’s poor production of tears. Tears are essential to:

  • Lubricate your eyes
  • Keep your eyes smooth and clear
  • Protect your eyes from infection
  • Wash away dust and other matter

Inadequate tear production may occur due to insufficient or low quality of tears. In either case, prolonged, inadequate tear production can lead to chronic dry eyes, potential damage to the front surface of your eye, and impaired vision.

What causes dry eyes?

Several potential causes can decrease your natural tear production or decrease the quality of your tears.

Causes of dry eyes may include:

  • Age-related changes to your eye
  • Hormonal changes, especially in women
  • Certain medications
  • Medical conditions, including diabetes and thyroid problems
  • Exposure to smoke, wind, and dry air
  • Long-term use of contacts
  • LASIK or other eye surgeries
  • Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), or abnormal oil production or flow

Your ophthalmologist diagnoses your dry eyes after a comprehensive eye exam and thorough discussion of your health history.  They may also test the quantity and quality of your tears to determine the underlying cause of your dry eyes.

What are the symptoms of dry eyes?

If you have dry eyes, you may experience uncomfortable or painful eyes. Symptoms can include:

  • Stinging or burning eyes
  • A scratchy or itchy feeling in your eyes
  • Mucus or watery drainage from your eyes
  • Eye redness
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Inability to comfortably wear contact lenses
  • Blurred vision, especially at night

You may also feel as if you have something in your eyes, or like your eyes are irritated or very tired. If you have these symptoms, you may need to be evaluated for dry eyes.

How are dry eyes treated?

Rothchild Eye Institute offers different options for treating dry eyes, including:

  • Artificial tears: includes over-the-counter products
  • Eye drops or oral medications: to reduce inflammation or increase tear production
  • Light therapy and eyelid massage: to relieve discomfort
  • Punctal plugs: to block the drainage of tears and minimize tear loss
  • Eye surgery: to correct any contributing structural problems

LipiFlow® is a specialized technique that Dr. Rothchild and his team utilize to unblock oil glands in the eye. Using therapeutic levels of pulsating heat, this state-of-the-art technology can help treat causes of dry eye related to the flow of lubricating oils in your eye. This effective treatment is not covered by most insurance carriers and can be done in the comfort of the office.

For an evaluation of your dry eye symptoms, call Rothchild Eye Institute or schedule an appointment online today.