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Dry Eye Treatment

Dry eye syndrome (DES or dry eye) is a chronic lack of sufficient lubrication and moisture on the surface of the eye. Its consequences range from minor irritation to the inability to wear contact lenses and an increased risk of corneal inflammation and eye infections.

Signs and Symptoms of Dry Eye in Hamden

Persistent dryness, scratchiness and a burning sensation on your eyes are common symptoms of dry eye syndrome. These symptoms alone may be enough for your eye doctor to diagnose dry eye syndrome. Sometimes, he or she may want to measure the amount of tears in your eyes. A thin strip of filter paper placed at the edge of the eye, called a Schirmer test, is one way of measuring this.

Some people with dry eyes also experience a “foreign body sensation” – the feeling that something is in the eye. And it may seem odd, but sometimes dry eye syndrome can cause watery eyes, because the excessive dryness works to overstimulate production of the watery component of your eye’s tears.

Do You Suffer From Dry Eyes?

OmniVision Eye Associates

1970 Whitney Ave
Hamden, CT 06517
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Dr. Louis Hochberg

Dr-Hochberg

Dr. Louis Hochberg received his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York in Oneonta, N.Y. He obtained his Doctor of Optometry from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia in 1982. In 1989 he founded OmniVision Eye Associates, Inc., a private practice dedicated to Primary Care Optometry. He recently moved his 19 year old practice, 50 feet, into a larger and more exciting office.

His main area of interest in Optometry is in preventative eye care. Dr. Hochberg also specializes in the management of eye diseases including glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, chronic dry eye and the pre- and post-operative care of surgical patients.

Dr. Hochberg is a member of the American Optometric Association, and the Connecticut Association of Optometrists. He served as President of the Association from 2006-2008, and was awarded its highest honor- The 2007 Connecticut Optometrist of The Year Award. Additionally, he attends numerous continuing education courses throughout the country to remain at the forefront of his profession and to provide his patients with the most innovative and technologically advanced care available.

Dr. Hochberg has been very active at the state legislative level, advocating for mandatory eye examinations for all children prior to entering school. He testified in Hartford before former Speaker of the House James Amann’s committee Healthy Kids Connecticut; a public/private initiative Speaker Amann created in 2005 with a mission of providing healthcare access for all of Connecticut’s youth.

Dr. Hochberg has been recognized and commended by Governor Jodi Rell for his outstanding dedication, service and leadership to the community and the citizens of Connecticut.

In his spare time, he enjoys bicycling, skiing and traveling.

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Experiencing Any Of These Dry Eye Symptoms?

Stinging/Burning | Redness/Irritation | Tearing/Watery Eyes |

Feeling of “Something in Your Eye”| Difficulty Wearing Contact Lenses |

Light sensitivity | Blurred Vision/Eye Fatigue | Fluctuating Vision |

Glare Problems while Driving and at Night

Advanced Diagnosis & Treatment Of Dry Eyes

Lipiflow

86% of patients with Dry Eyes have symptoms of Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, Lipiflow uses heat and gentle pulses to clear the clogged glands preventing an underlying cause of discomfort. LipiFlow, A Johnson & Johnson product, is the only device cleared by the FDA for treatment of Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, with over 30 clinically reviewed studies demonstrating its efficacy and safety.

Learn More About Lipiflow treatment for dry eyes. 

Blephex

You may have heard of the benefits of exfoliation, but did you know that exfoliating your eyelids is a thing? Blepharitis is the inflammation of the eyelids causing blockage and even infection, causing redness, irritation, burning, tearing, and more. Blephex is the only clinician treatment for blepharitis, using a microsponge to gently spin and exfoliate the eyelids and lashes. 

Oculus Keratograph with Meibography

Our Optometrist will take you through a comprehensive eye exam and evaluation for dry eye that includes state-of-the-art testing with the Oculus Keratograph® 5M. This non-invasive dry eye imaging device measures and analyses tear film (non-invasive tear film break-up time and the tear meniscus height measurement and evaluating the lipid layer) and Meibomian glands, leading to a specific diagnosis and treatment plan best suited for your condition.

Contact Lenses For Dry Eyes

Many patients with Dry Eyes will say they have tried contacts that were recommended for people with dry eye, but they were always uncomfortable. And while contact lenses have made drastic improvement over the past few years with the newest versions of daily disposables incorporating highly breathable materials, for patients with severe dry eyes, that just is not enough. At the Midwest Dry Eye Center we fit custom scleral contacts, which are considered the ultimate contact lens for moderate and severe dry eye sufferers.

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OmniVision Eye Associates

1970 Whitney Ave
Hamden, CT 06517
  • 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Closed
  • 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Closed

*Closed for lunch Monday, Thursday and Friday 1-2 PM, Tuesdays from 2-3 PM

 

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  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Medicare
  • United Health Care
  • VSP
  • Mail Handlers

What Causes Dry Eyes?

In dry eye syndrome, the tear glands that moisturize the eye don’t produce enough tears, or the tears have a chemical composition that causes them to evaporate too quickly.

Dry eye syndrome has several causes. It occurs:

  • As a part of the natural aging process, especially among women over age 40.
  • As a side effect of many medications, such as antihistamines, antidepressants, certain blood pressure medicines, Parkinson’s medications and birth control pills.
  • Because you live in a dry, dusty or windy climate with low humidity.

If your home or office has air conditioning or a dry heating system, that too can dry out your eyes. Another cause is insufficient blinking, such as when you’re staring at a computer screen all day.

Dry eyes are also associated with certain systemic diseases such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, rosacea or Sjogren’s Syndrome (a triad of dry eyes, dry mouth, and rheumatoid arthritis or lupus).

Long-term contact lens wear, incomplete closure of the eyelids, eyelid disease and a deficiency of the tear-producing glands are other causes.

Dry eye syndrome is more common in women, possibly due to hormone fluctuations. Recent research suggests that smoking, too, can increase your risk of dry eye syndrome. Dry eye has also been associated with incomplete lid closure following blepharoplasty – a popular cosmetic surgery to eliminate droopy eyelids.

Treatment for Dry Eye

Dry eye syndrome is an ongoing condition that treatments may be unable to cure. But the symptoms of dry eye – including dryness, scratchiness and burning – can usually be successfully managed.

Your eyecare practitioner may recommend artificial tears, which are lubricating eye drops that may alleviate the dry, scratchy feeling and foreign body sensation of dry eye. Prescription eye drops for dry eye go one step further: they help increase your tear production. In some cases, your doctor may also prescribe a steroid for more immediate short-term relief.

Another option for dry eye treatment involves a tiny insert filled with a lubricating ingredient. The insert is placed just inside the lower eyelid, where it continuously releases lubrication throughout the day.

If you wear contact lenses, be aware that many artificial tears cannot be used during contact lens wear. You may need to remove your lenses before using the drops. Wait 15 minutes or longer (check the label) before reinserting them. For mild dry eye, contact lens rewetting drops may be sufficient to make your eyes feel better, but the effect is usually only temporary. Switching to another lens brand could also help.

Check the label, but better yet, check with your doctor before buying any over-the-counter eye drops. Your eye doctor will know which formulas are effective and long-lasting and which are not, as well as which eye drops will work with your contact lenses.

To reduce the effects of sun, wind and dust on dry eyes, wear sunglasses when outdoors. Wraparound styles offer the best protection.

Indoors, an air cleaner can filter out dust and other particles from the air, while a humidifier adds moisture to air that’s too dry because of air conditioning or heating.

For more significant cases of dry eye, your eye doctor may recommend punctal plugs. These tiny devices are inserted in ducts in your lids to slow the drainage of tears away from your eyes, thereby keeping your eyes more moist.

If your dry eye is caused by meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), your doctor may recommend warm compresses and suggest an in-office procedure to clear the blocked glands and restore normal function.

Doctors sometimes also recommend special nutritional supplements containing certain essential fatty acids to decrease dry eye symptoms. Drinking more water may also offer some relief.

If medications are the cause of dry eyes, discontinuing the drug generally resolves the problem. But in this case, the benefits of the drug must be weighed against the side effect of dry eyes. Sometimes switching to a different type of medication alleviates the dry eye symptoms while keeping the needed treatment. In any case, never switch or discontinue your medications without consulting with your doctor first.

Treating any underlying eyelid disease, such as blepharitis, helps as well. This may call for antibiotic or steroid drops, plus frequent eyelid scrubs with an antibacterial shampoo.

If you are considering LASIK, be aware that dry eyes may disqualify you for the surgery, at least until your dry eye condition is successfully treated. Dry eyes increase your risk for poor healing after LASIK, so most surgeons will want to treat the dry eyes first, to ensure a good LASIK outcome. This goes for other types of vision correction surgery, as well.

OmniVision Eye Associates

1970 Whitney Ave
Hamden, CT 06517
  • 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Closed
  • 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Closed

*Closed for lunch Monday, Thursday and Friday 1-2 PM, Tuesdays from 2-3 PM

 

How Do I Know If I have Dry Eyes

Dry eye can cause quite a few symptoms, anything from the eyes actually feeling dry to the eyes watering often, or having a burning, itchy, or irritated feeling. One of the most common symptoms is the eyes feeling gritty or like something is in your eye. Most people will often experience blurred vision since the tears, which comprise the outermost surface of the eye, are unstable.

However these symptoms may also be related to other conditions or medications. Common examples of conditions that are often confused with dry eyes are allergies, infrequent blinking, eye surgery, medications, STD's/STI's, contact lens complications, and something stuck in your eye.

That is one of the reasons that Dr. Schlussel has invested heavily not only in treatment options for dry eyes, but also in diagnostic tools. More specifically our dry eye center uses InflammaDry and the Oculus Keratograph® 5M to ensure accurate diagnosis of the symptoms that you are experiencing.

Is There Anything I Can Do To Prevent Dry Eyes?

Dry eye is multi-factorial, and each person’s dry eye is unique to them. To help prevent dry eye, make sure to consume 8 to 10 glasses of water per day to avoid dehydration. Some nutritional supplements, such as fish oil and flax seed oil, can contribute to a more stable tear layer.

Remember to blink regularly and fully and take breaks often when on a computer, cell phone or when watching television. During times of the year when there is less humidity, a humidifier might be helpful to provide more moisture in the air.

While there are many things that can be done to reduce the severity and frequency of your dry eye symptoms, it is important to treat the underlying cause of dry eyes.