Dry eye is a condition in which you eye is not able to produce enough moisture. Consequently, your eye is not able to produce enough tears. Dry eye can occur in one eye or in both (dry eyes). Dry eyes can be very uncomfortable. It can cause one’s eyes to sting or burn. For some people, dry eye is caused by an imbalance in the composition of their tears. In certain cases, people don’t produce enough tears to keep their eyes comfortably lubricated. The inability to produce enough tears is known in medical terms as keratoconjunctivitis sicca. The inability to produce enough tears can occur if you are older than 50, are a postmenopausal woman, have a medical condition that reduces your tear production.
Dry eyes are also associated with medical conditions such as lupus, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, Sjogren’s syndrome, thyroid disorders, and even Vitamin A deficiency. Eyelid problems, medications and environmental factors may also cause dry eyes. If you have an eye lid problem that makes it difficult to blink, tears may not spread evenly or might evaporate too quickly, which causes dry eyes. Since there are many possible causes of dry eyes and some are more serious than others, it’s important to get the route of the problem so that appropriate treatment can begin as soon as possible. If you are having symptoms, we highly recommend that you see our Somerville eye surgeon at Somerset Hills Eye Care Center right away.
When you have any type of eye condition, you want to make sure that you choose a practice that has a very experienced, highly trained professional eye doctor. When it comes to something as important as your eyes, choosing the less than the best is not an option. When you choose our Somerset Hills Eye Care Center, you know you’re in good hands. Our Somerville eye surgeon, Timothy P. Sullivan M.D. F.A.C.S. is board certified by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He is fellowship trained in both Cornea and in External Disease. Dr. Sullivan is an experienced ophthalmologic surgeon. We are very proud to say that Dr. Sullivan has consistently been voted as one of the “Top Ophthalmologists in New Jersey.”
When you come to our Somerset Hills Eye Care Center, you will receive the best possible eye care you can get. Our Somerville eye surgeon, Dr. Sullivan will do a thorough eye exam, go over your medical history and will be able to determine if you have dry eyes and what the cause may be. Then he will discuss the treatment available options that would be appropriate for you. If you have dry eyes, there are treatments that can make you feel much more comfortable. The treatments for dry eyes include life style changes, eye drops, and in certain situations, may require surgery. Dr. Sullivan will take the time to discuss everything with you and will answer any questions you may have. Dr. Sullivan does much more than diagnosis and provide treatment for dry eyes. He is equipped to handle all of your eye care needs. Give our office a call to learn more about our services. One of our friendly associates looks forward to answering any questions you may have. Dr. Sullivan and the rest of our caring, professional eye care team look forward to helping you in the near future.