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Many patients wonder when to see the eye doctor about dry eye. To know when it's time to see your Sammamish optometrist, you first need to know more about the condition. Dry eye is a problem that can develop if your eyes don't produce the tear film needed for eye protection. The tear film is essential in maintaining clear sight, and when you don't have that tear film there can be several problems. Other symptoms of dry eye include:
Another possible symptom of dry eye is one that many people find surprising: watery eyes. Dry eye can actually cause watery eyes when the eyes react to the extreme dryness. The water generated isn't a real tear film, though. Therefore, the watery eyes aren't helpful in restoring balance to the eyes. If you have any of the symptoms above, it's important that you see our eye doctor, Dr. Moscovitz, as soon as you can for care.
Although dry eye can develop in anyone, it occurs most often in adults, especially in the senior population. Certain things may predispose you to develop dry eye. These can include:
The treatment for dry eye depends on what type of problems you're experiencing. Dr. Moscovitz often prescribes eye drops that can prompt the eyes to produce tear film. This usually resolves the problem, but in cases where the dry eye is chronic and can't be treated with prescription eye drops or other conservative treatments, a minor surgical correction may be recommended. NewVision Eyecare works with a local surgical facility that provides skilled eye surgery on an outpatient basis. Dr. Moscovitz will provide all pre and post-operative care if surgery is needed, and he will work closely with the surgeon to ensure a successful result for you.
At NewVision Eyecare, we are a Sammamish Optometrist who offers full-scale service. Our eye doctor provides eyeglasses exams, contact lens exams, regular check-ups, and treatment for conditions like dry eye. We're proud to provide the best in care for all of our Sammamish area patients, so please feel free to contact us anytime for an appointment.