Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Maryland

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Dry Eyes and Winter

Dry Eye Syndrome is common in winter because of cold, dry outdoor air and dry indoor heat. "Symptoms include pain, blurred vision, a scratchy or burning sensation, or even watery eyes as the eyes try to compensate for the dryness, explains Brad Spagnolo, M.D. a Corneal Specialist at Baltimore Washington Eye Center
Dry eye can occur at any age, but is more common among older adults, especially post-menopausal women. In some people, dry eye syndrome may be related to systemic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, and collagen vascular diseases such as Lupus, certain medications such as diuretics for high blood pressure, antihistamines for allergies and beta blockers for hypertension or heart conditions

"Simple dry eye may require only some artificial tears and a furnace humidifier or room humidifier. today we have treatments for dry eye that include oral doxycycline to improve tear quality, punctal plugs [stoppers inserted into the tear duct], topical steroids or topical cyclosporine (Restasis)," said Dr. Spagnolo. For most people, dry eye is simply a nuisance, but for some, severe dry eye can make you vulnerable to corneal infections, which can permanently affect your vision" . If you are bothered by dry eyes please let us know so we can schedule a dry eye examination and consultation.