What is Dry Eye?

Our eyes must be bathed in tears at all times. When the protective tear layer of the eye is disrupted, the eye becomes exposed to the environment causing the cells of the eye to become damaged and die. This is called dry eye. The damaged cells can cause a variety of symptoms including but not limited to:
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  • Gritty, Sandy Eyes
  • Stinging, burning Eyes
  • Tired Eyes
  • Itchy Eyes
  • Red Eyes
  • Feels like something is in the eye
  • Vision that comes and goes
  • Spontaneous tearing
  • Headache

Common Causes of Dry Eye in New Mexico

Dry Eye is an incredibly complex condition. Many patients have more than one reason why their eyes are dry and may include any of the following causes:

  • Low Environment Humidity
  • Windy Conditions
  • Increase in Allergies
  • Oral & Inhaled Medications
  • Excess reading or computer work
  • Autoimmune Disease
  • Loss of tear producing gland due to age
  • Soft Contact Lens Wear
  • Eye Surgery such as Lasik or PRK

Treatments for Dry Eye

Here at City of Vision Eye Care we take a stepwise approach to treating dry eye. Your first consultation appointment will include several different tests and measurements of your level of dryness. We begin with the most simple, non-invasive coaching methods for dryness and move into more complex treatments if dryness persists after the first level of treatment. Some of these treatments include:

  • Aggressive Lubrication Schedule
  • Lifestyle and Diet Modifications
  • Prescription for Restasis
  • Insertion of Punctal Plugs

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