Our eyes are constantly exposed to the air, and because their membranes are so delicately sensitive, prolonged exposure to the harsh irritants there will make them vulnerable and could pose a significant risk of damage. Luckily, our bodies are naturally equipped with metabolic ways to maintain its balance, and to prevent dry eyes a constant thin film of tears covers our eyes to prevent them from drying out. Dry eyes is a condition characterized by irritation that stems primarily from aging and hormonal changes, leading to stinging and itching sensations, and even impaired vision in the more progressive stages. Dr. Spencer Sherman at the Manhattan Ophthalmology Associates in Manhattan, New York is renowned for his expertise in the field of ophthalmology and has helped patients with dry eyes syndrome recover from the condition and get their lives back on track.
Dry eyes may be manifested as a result of aging, gender, exposure of the eye to harsh environmental conditions. It could be a reaction to a specific type of medication, or may even be bundled up with the symptoms of an underlying condition. As we know, any unfavorable condition implicating the eyes needs immediate attention. And when the symptoms of dry eyes manifest, it is always best to address them at the earliest stages because early management is key to successful treatment. And because in dry eyes there is an insufficient amount or substandard quality of tears that lubricate the eyes, artificial tear solutions are often recommended to supplement the patient’s natural tear production, and often alleviate the condition quite effectively.
In patients with more advanced symptoms, however, additional measures may have to be taken in order to effectively manage dry eyes. These often involve the insertion of punctum plugs which block the tear ducts of the patient’s eyes so that the tears are retained on the surface of the eye longer. Prescription eye drops, ointments, certain vitamins, or eyelid cleaners are also some of the medications recommended by Dr. Sherman in an attempt to alleviate dry eyes symptoms. These are expected to help decrease inflammation of the eyes or as adjuncts in increasing tear production to prevent further damage to the surface of the eyes.