Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry Eye Syndrome – Eric D. Donnenfeld, MD, FAAO

Dr. Eric Donnenfeld Now Offers a Groundbreaking Dry Eye Treatment

Dr. Donnenfeld and Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island are proud to be the first on Long Island to offer the LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation System, a revolutionary new treatment for the most common cause of dry eye disease.

The oily portion of the tear film is essential to prevent the evaporation of tears. More than 65 percent of patients suffering from dry eye symptoms (e.g., dryness, irritation, light sensitivity, vision fluctuations) have oil deficient dry eye due to obstruction of the oil-producing tear glands found in the eyelids. The LipiFlow treatment is a 12-minute, in-office therapy using a device that comfortably heats and massages the eyelids to remove the obstruction of the oil-producing glands. Preliminary studies demonstrate an average duration of symptom relief of nine months. To find out more about this advanced treatment for dry eye patients, contact our Long Island office at 1-866-733-6254.

Don't just treat the symptoms of your dry eye – treat the cause.

Click here for an online questionnaire to see if you qualify for a dry eye analysis at Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island.

Once your results have been received, a staff member will contact you if there is an indication that you could benefit from this new therapy.

Click to watch a video describing popular treatment for dry eye syndrome.

Dry eye syndrome, also known as dry eye disease, is a medical condition associated with a chronic lack of moisture in the eye. Dry eye affects more than 12 million Americans and is caused by low quality or quantity of tears.

The quality of tears as well as lack of tears in the eye can be caused by many factors, including:

  • Medical conditions
  • Certain medications
  • Vitamin A deficiency
  • Aging
  • Contact lenses
  • Climate/allergies
  • Prolonged computer use
  • Eye surgery

While dry eye disease cannot always be cured, Dr. Eric D. Donnenfeld, MD, FAAO, offers several treatment options for patients throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut who suffer from dry eye symptoms.

When to Seek Medical Attention

Dry eye syndrome ranges from mild to severe. Many patients who have a mild case of dry eye syndrome are able to control their symptoms with over-the-counter eye drops. However, medical attention is essential for patients who experience following dry eye symptoms:

  • Persistent itching
  • Burning
  • Irritation/inflammation
  • Redness
  • Blurred vision
  • Excessive tearing
  • Foreign body sensation or gritty/sand-like sensation in the eyes

Individuals who suffer from untreated dry eye may experience serious complications, including frequent eye infections and scarring of the cornea, which may impair vision.

Dry Eye Syndrome Diagnosis and Treatment Options

TearLab Accredited Dry Eye Center Dry eye syndrome is diagnosed through a range of tests, the most common being the Schirmer's test, which measures the amount of tears in the eyes, and the rose bengal stain test, during which special dye is injected into the eye to detect tear deficiency. Dr. Donnenfeld also measures the degree of dry eye with the TearLab Osmolarity System, available at OCLI offices, the first certified dry eye testing laboratories in the Tri-State region.

Dry eye treatment varies from one patient to another. When the condition is caused by climate and/or certain activities, a change in environment or lifestyle may improve symptoms. Likewise, individuals who suffer from dry eye as a result of a medication should seek alternative treatments for their medical condition, if possible.

The most common treatment for dry eye syndrome is the use of artificial tears, which can be obtained with or without a prescription. Artificial tears are applied to the eye several times throughout the day or as needed to relive irritation and other symptoms caused by dry eye disease. However, relief treatments do not stop the progression of dry eye.

Topical anti-inflammatory drops (Restasis and corticosteroids) are the only treatments which have been proven to slow the progression and at times reverse the dry eye disease process. Dr. Donnenfeld was an FDA investigator in the use of these medications and has published extensively on this topic.

Additional treatment options include the Lacrisert implant, a small device that is placed inside the lower eyelid to periodically release lubricating fluid into the eye, and punctal plugs, which are inserted into the tear ducts to block drainage, thereby keeping the surface of the eye lubricated. Punctal plugs are available in two forms: semi-permanent and dissolvable.

A new treatment, called the LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation, is available at Dr. Donnenfeld's Long Island practice and will help most dry eye sufferers. This groundbreaking procedure applies directed energy to the affected glands where it is most needed. LipiFlow is a clinically proven and minimally invasive procedure, performed in our office. The LipiFlow treatment can unblock glands, interrupt physical deterioration and, in most cases, relieve symptoms.

Click here for an online questionnaire to see if you qualify for a Dry Eye Analysis at Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island.

Once your results have been received, a staff member will contact you if there is an indication that you could benefit from this new therapy.

For more information on dry eye disease treatment options, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Donnenfeld. At his state-of-the-art facility, Dr. Donnenfeld helps LASIK and cataracts Long Island patients achieve clear vision.

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