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Are Dry Eyes Bothering You?

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If you suffer from dry eyes, you probably experience burning, stinging, redness and/or painful vision. Sometimes the symptoms are mild, while other times they may be more severe. However, they are chronic and get in the way of many typical daily tasks, such as reading, viewing a computer or TV, and driving. Does this all sound familiar to you? If so, then it’s time to get relief – and your Burlington eye doctors are here to help.

What is dry eye syndrome?

Dry eye syndrome is due to an inadequate quantity or quality of tears. Tears are composed of three layers:  the outer oily later, middle watery layer, and inner mucus layer. If your glands cannot manufacture all of these components in the right amounts, it can lead to dry eye. Tears that lack lipids (fatty oils) evaporate more rapidly. In sum, your eyes aren’t coated with enough lubrication to feel comfortable.

What is causing my dry eyes?

The cause of dry eye syndrome varies widely between patients. Numerous factors, including your health, lifestyle, environment, and daily habits, can impact the development of dry eyes. It can be hard to pinpoint the exact culprit. However, our experienced Burlington eye doctors will work together with you to diagnose the cause and design a personalized treatment for you.

Some of the most common causes of dry eye syndrome are:

  • A/C or Heating:  Air conditioning, heating, and fans can all dry out your eyes.
  • Not Enough Tears:  The formal term for this condition is keratoconjunctivitis sicca , and a variety of possible reasons could be behind a reduction in the amount of tears that your eyes produce.
  • Climate:  Extreme climates, cold or hot, and prolonged wind exposure can stress your eyes so they cannot make enough lubricating tears.
  • Contact Lenses: Wearing contacts for long periods can lead to dry eyes. A change in the type of lenses may alleviate this irritation.
  • Health Conditions:  Certain health conditions, such as Sjorgen’s syndrome, thyroid conditions, lupus, diabetes, vitamin A deficiency and scleroderma are associated with dry eye.
  • Aging:  As the years pass, you are at an increased risk of developing dry eye syndrome, especially if you’re female. Hormone replacement therapy may also be to blame.
  • Allergies:  If you suffer from seasonal allergies, a high pollen count can irritate and dry out your eyes.
  • LASIK:  Refractive laser surgery can cause dry eyes.
  • Smoke or Dusty Air:  Cigarette smoke, polluted or dusty air is a known cause of dry eyes.
  • Blepharitis:  This skin condition can block oil ducts, which interferes with production of a healthy tear film.
  • Medicine Side Effects: Particular drugs are linked with poor tear production, such as diuretics, antihistamines and antidepressants. Remember to tell our Burlington eye doctor about any medications you are taking currently.
  • Computer Usage:  Gazing at a screen can reduce blinking, which dries out eyes.

woman with dry eyes burlington maWhat is the treatment for dry eye syndrome?

Dry eye treatment must be matched to address the cause of this condition, as well as the specific symptoms. Depending upon your personal situation, we offer a variety of treatments in our Burlington eye care center, including:

  • Artificial Tears – eye drops to enhance eye moisture
  • Medications – the most commonly prescribed drug for dry eye is an anti-inflammatory called Restasis. Another treatment is corticosteroid eye drops.
  • Punctal Plugs – we may insert small silicone plugs to block the drainage ducts in the corners of your eyes. The procedure is done in-office, and it is quick and virtually pain-free.
  • Nutritional Supplements – a well-balanced diet with adequate vitamins and minerals can help keep your eyes healthy. We may recommend omega-3 fatty acids to improve the oil content of your eye.


We are the exclusive providers in Burlington, MA, of LipiFlow, a revolutionary technology to treat chronic dry eye syndrome. The LipiFlow system warms and massages your meibomian glands in order to expel any blockages of these oil glands. LipiFlow restores the natural oil flow to your tears. This FDA-approved therapy is both safe and effective at treating dry eyes caused by Meibomain Gland Dysfunction (MGD).

To find out which dry eye treatment is right for you, contact us for an appointment at Insight Optical, in Burlington, MA.