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Q&A on Dry Eyes with Dr. Inclima!

Do you suffer from dry eyes?Q: Is it true that Dry Eye symptoms seem to be more severe during the winter months? 

Yes, the cold weather we’ve been experiencing here in West Haven, slows the production of essential oils in our tears resulting in greater discomfort.


Q: When should someone come in to see their optometrist for Dry Eye symptoms? 

As soon as possible, the improvement in vision, tiredness, and irritation is much better the sooner treatment is initiated.


Q: What do you check in order to assess whether a patient is suffering from Dry Eyes? 

At Inclima Eye Care we evaluate a patient’s tear film under a special microscope called a slit lamp.  It tells us how quickly a person’s tears evaporate after each blink. 


Q: What are the common treatments that you use in order to help people suffering from Dry Eyes? 

We will often prescribe lubricant drops, Restasis drops, and Tear Savers.  We will also discuss diet, environmental concerns, as well as supplements which would help.


Q: My eyes frequently are overly watery. That isn't Dry Eye, is it? 

Oftentimes it is dry eye. If the eye is not producing enough of the oil component of our tears, the eyes will be watery.  We can determine if that is the problem when we perform the exam.


Q: Are there certain people that are more prone to having Dry Eyes? 

Yes, folks who are on the computer for long hours, take certain medications or spend a lot of time in forced air environments.  Also, certain medical conditions can predispose a person to dry eye.


Q: Do you have any recommendations for people to help them avoid Dry Eye issues? 

If you are a heavy computer user, blink often and try to look away every 20 minutes.  Wear sunglasses outdoors, even in West Haven, and eat a diet which includes lots of fruits and vegetables. If you suspect you suffer from dry eyes, don't wait to to get help. Call our office, today.