Dry Eye Treatment Specialist

David Alevi, MD -  - Ophthalmologist

David Alevi, MD

Ophthalmologist located in Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY

Dry eye syndrome is one of the most common reasons people visit their eye doctor. At South Bronx Eyes: David Alevi, MD, in Concourse Village in the Bronx, board-certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Alevi, provides advanced therapy for treating dry eyes. If you have symptoms of dry eye syndrome that are interfering with your daily activities, contact the New York City office by phone or online to get prompt relief with advanced treatment therapies in a welcoming environment.

Dry Eye Treatment Q & A

What causes dry eyes?

Dry eye syndrome is a condition that occurs when you don’t have enough moisture on the surface of your eyes or you lack quality tears. Common causes of dry eyes include:

  • Eyelid problems 
  • Certain medications, such as hormone replacement therapy and blood pressure medication
  • Damage to your tear glands
  • Diabetes and other medical conditions
  • Aging
  • Imbalance of tear composition
  • Environmental factors and poor air quality

Additionally, if your tear glands don’t function properly or make a poor-quality tear, you can experience chronic dry eyes. Left untreated, dry eyes can lead to eye infections and damage to the surface of your eyes (corneas). 

Dry eyes can make it difficult to read a book, work on a computer, or wear contact lenses without major discomfort. 

What are the symptoms of dry eyes?

If you have dry eye syndrome, you may experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Red, itchy eyes
  • Burning sensation in your eyes
  • Sore eyes
  • Eyes that feel heavy
  • Blurred vision
  • Aching sensations in your eyes
  • Foreign body sensation, or feeling of grit in your eyes
  • Excessively watery eyes
  • Light sensitivity

Treatment can alleviate these symptoms so you can function and perform daily tasks without so much discomfort. 

How does an ophthalmologist treat dry eyes?

Dry eye treatment depends on your diagnosis, and Dr. Alevi creates an individualized plan based on your symptoms and the underlying causes of your dry eyes. 

He uses the latest diagnostic technology to determine if you’re lacking quantity or quality of tears, or both. He talks to you about environmental conditions that could be contributing to your discomfort. 

For many adults, dry eye treatment includes using artificial tears to keep your eyes lubricated throughout the day. If that doesn’t work, Dr. Alevi offers advanced therapy for treating dry eyes including:

  • Medications to reduce corneal inflammation and irritation
  • Punctal plugs to close tear ducts and reduce tear loss
  • Unblocking oil glands in your eyes
  • Tear-stimulating medications
  • Eye inserts that work like artificial tears 

If you suffer from chronic dry eyes, contact South Bronx Eyes: David Alevi, MD, by phone or schedule an appointment online so you can get the individualized treatment you need to get relief.