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Dry Eyes

Dry Eyes

Dry Eyes services offered in East Windsor, NJ East Windsor, NJ

At least 5% of Americans have dry eyes today. At Eye Care Specialists, leading board-certified ophthalmologist and surgeon Mark Heimmel, MD, provides empathetic eye care using the most advanced approaches. From lifestyle changes to prescription eyedrops and beyond, Dr. Heimmel can relieve your red, irritated, and dry eyes quickly. Call the East Windsor, New Jersey, office or schedule an appointment online today. 


Dry Eyes Q&A

What are dry eyes?

Dry eyes refer to a collection of eye symptoms such as:


  • Dryness
  • Redness
  • Burning
  • Discomfort
  • Gritty feeling
  • Stringy mucus discharge
  • Excessive watery tears (a reflex due to eye irritation)


Most people with dry eyes experience several (or more) of these symptoms on a regular basis. Dry eyes can make it difficult to read, watch TV, drive, or do other regular activities.  

What causes dry eyes?

Dry eyes can happen for two main reasons: 

Lack of moisture

If your eyes don’t produce enough lubrication, you can experience dry eyes. 

Tear film problems

The tear film is the layers of oil, water, and mucus that spread over your eyes when you blink. If your tear film has too much or too little of any of these layers, it can lead to dry eyes. 

There are many possible causes of poor eye lubrication and tear film issues, including hormone depletion (especially after menopause), structural eyelid problems, extended screen time, prolonged contact lens wear, some autoimmune disorders, and certain medications. 

Laser eye surgery, such as LASIK or lens exchange, may cause dry eyes. But, any issues caused by laser eye procedures typically resolve as your eyes heal. 

How are dry eyes treated?

At Eye Care Specialists, Dr. Heimmel starts with a comprehensive eye exam, medical history review, and discussion of your symptoms to determine any factors that may contribute to your dry eyes. He then recommends a customized treatment plan that addresses your symptoms and underlying issues. Your treatment may include: 

  • Over-the-counter artificial tears to temporarily improve eye lubrication
  • Prescription eye drops such as RESTASIS®, Xiidra®, or CEQUA® to improve tear health
  • Punctal plugs to block tear ducts and prevent excessive tear loss
  • Lifestyle changes, like wearing contacts for shorter periods of time

Dry eyes currently affect up to half of Americans. Because the problem is so common today, research and testing of new treatments happens very fast. At Eye Care Specialists, Dr. Heimmel stays up-to-date on all the emerging treatments so he can offer patients the most effective solutions for dry eyes. 

Dry eyes are highly treatable, and relief is within reach. Call Eye Care Specialists or schedule your appointment online today.