Dry Eyes

Dry Eye Syndrome and Dry Eye Treatment from one of Pittsburgh's most trusted eye care and eye surgery centers.

Dry eye syndrome occurs when the front of the eye is not lubricated or kept moist due to insufficient tear production and/or problems with tear distribution.

The purpose of tears is to keep the front of the eye moist, which keeps the surface smooth and enables light to pass through for clear vision. When our eyes are dry, they tend to feel tired, gritty, irritated or itchy. Irritation from wind or smoke and difficulties wearing contact lenses are also problems for those experiencing dry eyes.

As we age, we make fewer tears. Due to hormonal changes, women notice dry eyes more often than men. Medications, such as antihistamines, hormone replacement therapy and oral acne medications may lead to dry eyes.

Because there is no known cure for dry eyes, it is important to initiate dry eye syndrome treatment. Using preservative-free artificial tear eye drops is a good way to keep the eyes moist and lubricated. If artificial tears do not provide adequate results, your doctor may suggest punctal occlusion treatment. The doctor inserts plugs that slows or lessens the drainage of tears, allowing them to stay in the eye longer.

Have more questions on dry eye treatment?

Call our office or check out:
American Academy of Ophthalmology
RESTASIS Ophthalmic Emulsion
Dry Eye Information Center
Sjögren's Syndrome
The North American Menopause Society
National Women's Health Resource Center