Dry Eye Doctors in Washington, D.C. and Chevy Chase, MD
At Washington Eye Doctors, our dry eye specialists can get down to the underlying cause of your condition to find a solution that delivers lasting relief. Our goal is for you to love what you see — and that starts with seeing comfortably!
Do You Suffer from Dry Eye Disease?
Are you suffering from itchy, burning dry eye symptoms? Do your eyes feel irritated and gritty throughout the day or after working at your computer? While dry eye disease is a common issue, we don’t underestimate how uncomfortable it can be: Washington Eye Doctors is here to help. We’ll develop a customized plan for your case from one or several of our industry-leading treatment options.
What is Dry Eye Disease?
Dry eye disease is a common condition that occurs when your eyes are not sufficiently hydrated by your tears. There are two main types of dry eye — aqueous (not enough tears) and evaporative (tears that disappear quickly) — which are caused by deficiencies in one of tears’ three components: oil, mucus, and water. Each of these elements work together to keep your eyes hydrated, but when the balance is off, it can leave your eyes out to dry. If left untreated, this can lead to inflammation, corneal surface abrasions, corneal ulcers, and other issues.
What Are Symptoms of Dry Eye?
- Itchy, stinging, or burning eyes
- Sensation of something in your eye
- Tired, fatigued eyes
- Red eyes
- Watery eyes
- Blurry vision
- Light sensitivity
- Difficulty reading and driving
- Difficulty wearing contact lenses
- Discomfort after computer use
What Are the Causes of Dry Eye?
- Meibomian gland dysfunction (clogged oil glands resulting in a lack of lipid in tears)
- Nutritional deficiencies, including dehydration
- Hormonal causes (menopause, aging)
- Certain medications and medical conditions
- Unhygienic contact lens use
Start Your Dry Eye Treatment with Washington Eye Doctors
Leaving dry eye disease untreated can lead to unpleasant complications, but the right combination of treatments can keep your vision clear and comfortable. We’ve curated a number of advanced solutions to address your unique case.
LipiFlow® is an excellent option for those whose tears lack oil due to the common condition, meibomian gland dysfunction. LipiFlow® utilizes temperature-sensitive pads that warm and massage your eyelids, freeing up oil blockages and improving the quality of your tears in appointments as short as 12 minutes.
Eye Drops & Artificial Tears
Eye drops and artificial tears are an excellent option to restore moisture to the eyes: generally, these provide temporary but immediate relief and pair well with other solutions. Depending on your case, we often recommend either over-the-counter lubricating drops, prescription tear stimulation drops, or both.
Our medical treatments range from omega-3 supplements to steroid/NSAID or antibiotic prescriptions. We also recommend self-care including lid hygiene and at-home practices like warm compresses. For more severe cases, we may recommend punctal plugs, which help tears stay on the eye, as well as protective, restorative amniotic membranes.
Our Patients Trust Us &
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Washington Eye Doctors
Washington Eye Doctors is here to help you and your whole family tackle dry eye disease. Come in during work at our downtown location in Washington D.C. or bring the kids in at our convenient suburban office in Chevy Chase: you’ll always have access to comprehensive dry eye care from our compassionate team, as well as customized, curated eyewear that’s appropriate for your condition.