Dry eyes affect millions of Americans every year. When left untreated, dry eyes increase your risk of eye infections, eye damage, and impaired vision. Maria Romero, MD, at Precision Eye Care in Baltimore, Maryland, is a detail-oriented and patient-focused ophthalmologist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of dry eyes. To schedule a consultation, call the office or book online today.
Dry eyes, also called dry eye syndrome, occur when your eyes can’t produce quality tears or the tears evaporate too quickly. You may develop dry eyes if your tear production decreases, your tear evaporation increases, or you have an imbalance in tear composition.
Factors that may increase your risk of dry eyes include:
Your risk of developing dry eyes also increases as you get older.
Dry eye syndrome causes a variety of symptoms. The most common include:
If you’re experiencing these symptoms, contact Precision Eye Care to schedule a consultation with Dr. Romero. When left untreated, your dry eyes may increase your risk of developing other complications such as an eye infection or permanent vision changes.
When you come in to see Dr. Romero at Precision Eye Care for a dry eye consultation, she conducts a comprehensive eye exam to determine the right diagnosis. During your exam, she assesses your vision and eye health.
She also closely evaluates your ocular surface, quality of your tears, tear ducts, eyelids, and blinking mechanism.
Dr. Romero takes a personalized approach to care and creates customized treatment plans based on the severity of your dry eye symptoms.
Treatment may include:
If conservative measures fail to improve your dry eye syndrome, Dr. Romero may recommend other therapies to alleviate your symptoms.
Dr. Romero is a highly skilled and detail-oriented ophthalmologist. She offers many innovative therapies to help those suffering from dry eye syndrome.
Some of the therapies she performs include:
Dr. Romero may suggest punctal plugs to prevent your tears from draining out of your eyes. The plugs are made of silicone or collagen, and Dr. Romero inserts them in your tear ducts to partially or completely prevent tear loss.
LipiFlow is a treatment for blocked meibomian glands, the oil glands found at the edge of your eyelid. During treatment, Dr. Romero massages and heats your eyelids with the LipiFlow device.
Blephex is a treatment for blepharitis (eyelid inflammation) that uses a micro-sponge to exfoliate and clean the eyelids and lashes, removing bacteria and debris from the lid margins.
To schedule your dry eyes consultation, contact Precision Eye Care by phone or book online today.