Dry Eyes

Optometrist & Contact Lens Specialist located on Newbury St, Back Bay, Boston, MA

Dry Eyes

Dry eyes can be a result of certain medications, improper contact use, or a dry environment. If you’re experiencing watering eyes, irritation, or itching, Optometrist Dr. Stacy Coen, in Boston, Massachusetts, can help. At her Optometric practice, Dr. Stacy Coen provides evaluations and treatments using the latest evidence-based techniques. Call the office or book your appointment online today. 

Dry Eyes Q&A

What causes dry eyes?

Dry eye, also called dry eye syndrome, is an issue that arises when your eyes either don’t produce enough tears or produce chemically-imbalanced tears that aren’t adequately lubricating. 

Decent tears aren’t just lubricating. They also protect your eyes and help prevent corneal abrasions. Often, some external factor triggers dry eyes. You might experience them because of:

  • Allergies
  • Indoor heaters (which dry the air)
  • Certain medications (e.g., birth control, antihistamines)
  • Dirty contacts
  • Contacts that don’t fit properly
  • Too much screen time
  • Blocked tear ducts

If your eyes are consistently dry and irritated, it’s time to visit Dr. Stacy Coen, LLC dba BLINK for a comprehensive eye exam. Your optometrist can recommend simple lifestyle changes for relief or provide professional treatment. 

What are the symptoms of dry eyes?

Dry eye symptoms aren’t exactly what you expect. Surprisingly, dry eyes often result in excessive eye watering as your eyes attempt to compensate for the unbalanced tears. 

Other symptoms are more in line with expectations. You might experience:

  • Itching or burning
  • The sensation of grit stuck in your eye
  • Trouble focusing your vision
  • Light sensitivity

It’s essential to address these symptoms soon after you notice them because of the complications that can arise from a severe case of dry eyes. Without the proper treatment, dry eyes can lead to permanent eye damage and vision loss. 

How are dry eyes treated?

Dr. Stacy Coen advises you on how to manage your dry eyes and can provide professional care if habit changes don’t make a difference. Your optometrist helps you identify the primary factors contributing to your symptoms and recommends changes to your environment that might help reduce them. 

You should take frequent breaks from staring at screens, keep your contacts clean, and use a humidifier to moisturize the air in your home. 

If your dry eyes require professional care, Dr. Stacy Coen may prescribe medications or eye drops. Some eye drops are available over the counter at your local pharmacy. Several procedures can also treat dry eyes, including a procedure to close your tear ducts and prevent tears from draining out of your eyes. 

There are also specialized contact lenses designed to help with dry eye management. If you wear contacts, talk to your optometrist about your options. 

Call BLINK or schedule an appointment online for dry eye evaluations and treatment today.