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.

Man suffering from dry eyes

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.

Symptoms of Dry Eye

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
Causes of Dry Eye

What Are the Causes of Dry Eye?

Dry eye disease can have several causes varying from behavioral to physiological, including:
  • 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
  • Allergies
  • Unhygienic contact lens use

Why Choose Washington Eye Doctors for Dry Eye Management?

It’s important to understand that without accounting for the root cause, dry eye remedies and treatments only provide temporary relief. At Washington Eye Doctors, we’ll work with you to find the specific underlying cause of your case so we can prescribe effective, lasting solutions. Our team is experienced in customizing treatments to create a well-rounded action plan so you can get back to focusing on your life.

Man getting eye check-up for dry eyes

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 treatment

LipiFlow®

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.

Woman curly hair applying eye drops

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.

Woman taking medicine

Medical Solutions

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 &
Love What They See
Based on 119 reviews
Joseph Atchulo
Joseph Atchulo
January 27, 2022.
The best Eye Care Center in Washington DC. Visit them for an awesome experience.
Jim Liu
Jim Liu
November 30, 2021.
I visited Washington Eye Doctors for my dry eyes. Dr. Rosenblatt is awesome, he is very respectful and professional. Zero pressure when you talk to him. After the treatments, I feel absolutely better. Eye dryness is painful, and someone says it's more like a disability than a disorder. I can't agree more. Before I get the treatments, I can't even sit down and type these words for like 15 mins. Now I am not 100% recovered but at least I could work and study like a normal person. I am still using prescribed medications and I am confident that this problem is treatable. If you have dry eyes, try to contact Dr. Roosenblatt is the best advice I could give.
Randy Capps
Randy Capps
July 19, 2021.
I have been with Washington Eye Doctors for 50 years since the Katz/Kanstroom days. They guided me through bifocals as a kid, contacts as an adolescent and Lasik as an adult. 25 years after Lasik I still have near perfect vision. I just went back for night driving glasses. Always quick, efficient and thorough consistently over the decades.
Mary Virginia Spencer
Mary Virginia Spencer
May 14, 2021.
I had the best experience here! In a crunch, they were more than happy to help me get new contacts and were incredibly helpful and kind. Definitely will be going back!!
Stephanie Aylward
Stephanie Aylward
April 30, 2021.
A group of kind, friendly human beings. I was visiting Washington, D.C. from out of town, ran into a bind, and this practice was able to help me so that I could drive back home. I am so thankful for their help.
Amanda Blake
Amanda Blake
April 29, 2021.
The absolute best choice for dry eye! I had been suffering for years, and now my eyes are drastically better after only three months of proper treatment. Dr. Abraham is excellent. He explains things very clearly and listens to concerns with compassion. I really appreciate his help and cannot recommend Washington Eye Doctors highly enough, especially for dry eye patients.
Karen Moe
Karen Moe
June 26, 2020.
Dr Rosenblatt has been my eye doctor for many years and worked with me to get my proper correction for nearsightedness. My extra-sensitive system was previously over-corrected and his prescriptions enabled my vision to be more relaxed and stabilize. The glasses are high quality and good fit. I’m especially fond of the nearly weightless frames and lenses.

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.