Dry Eyes Specialist

Steve F. Atlas, OD -  - Optometrist

Atlas Eye Center and Downtown Opticians

Steve F. Atlas, OD

Optometrist located in Plantation, FL & Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Your eyes need moisture to stay comfortable. If your eyes don’t produce enough high-quality tears, you might experience redness and irritation. Chronic dry eye can be bothersome and uncomfortable, but you don’t have to live with it. Steve Atlas, OD, at at Atlas Eye Center in Fort Lauderdale and Downtown Opticians in Plantation, Florida, can help you get relief from your dry eye symptoms. Find out more by calling the office or booking an appointment online today.

Dry Eyes Q&A

What is dry eye?

Your body naturally produces tears that work to keep the surface of your eyes lubricated. Tears coat your eyes, protecting them from irritants and keeping them from drying out. They are important for the health of your eyes and even play a role in healing eye injuries and abrasions.

Dry eye is a condition that develops when your body doesn’t make enough tears or your tears are low quality. When eyes are dry, they can get red, irritated, and sensitive. Dry eyes can be bothersome, but treatment is generally effective. Dry eye is often remedied by supplementing your natural tear production to keep your eyes comfortable and moist.

What are the symptoms of chronic dry eye?

Most people experience dry eyes at one time or another. Certain activities, like staring at a computer screen or reading a book, can make your eyes drier because you blink less frequently. Eyes can dry out if you’re in a dry environment, like in an airplane or riding a bike.

But if your eyes feel dry and uncomfortable all the time, even when you change activities, you might have chronic dry eye. Common signs of chronic dry eye include:

  • Redness
  • Stinging eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Mucus discharge around the eyes
  • Feeling like something is stuck in your eye
  • Inability to wear contact lenses

Chronic dry eye generally affects both eyes at once. If you think you might have dry eye, book an appointment with Dr. Atlas for dry eye relief.

How is dry eye relieved?

Dr. Atlas takes a personalized approach to diagnose and treat dry eye. He begins by evaluating your eyes and the quality of your tears. If you have chronic dry eye, Dr. Atlas can prescribe dry eye relief.

Artificial tear eye drops for chronic dry eye work by supplementing your natural tears. Whenever your eyes feel dry or irritated, you can use artificial tears. Prescription eye drops for dry eye can lubricate your eyes and even help increase natural tear production.

Dr. Atlas can also recommend some lifestyle changes that may help relieve dry eye symptoms. Wearing sunglasses outside and taking frequent computer breaks can help fight dry eye discomfort.

You can find relief from your dry eye symptoms. To find a treatment that works for you, request an appointment with Dr. Atlas online or call the office today.