Dry Eyes

Precision Eye Care -  - Comprehensive Ophthalmology

Precision Eye Care

Comprehensive Ophthalmology & Cataract and Glaucoma Specialist located in Baltimore, MD

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 Q & A

What are dry eyes?

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:

  • Excessive screen time (computer, tablet, smartphone)
  • History of blepharitis or rosacea
  • Wearing contact lenses
  • Use of certain medications (antihistamines, antidepressants)
  • History of an autoimmune disease

Your risk of developing dry eyes also increases as you get older. 

What are the symptoms of dry eyes?

Dry eye syndrome causes a variety of symptoms. The most common include:

  • Eye redness
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Stinging or burning
  • Blurred vision
  • Eye pain
  • Tired eyes
  • Episodes of excessive tearing
  • Difficulty opening eyes in the morning
  • Feeling as though you have something stuck in your eye

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.

How is dry eye syndrome diagnosed?

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. 

What are treatments for dry eyes?

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:

  • Over-the-counter lubricant drops
  • Taking breaks from screen use
  • Warm lid compresses
  • Supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids
  • Prescription eye drops

If conservative measures fail to improve your dry eye syndrome, Dr. Romero may recommend other therapies to alleviate your symptoms.

What therapies can improve my dry eyes?

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:

Punctal plugs

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®

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®

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.