Dry eye syndrome is an ocular condition that is caused by irregularities in your tears – either the way the tear film disperse across the surface of your eyes or problems with the quality or quantity of your tears. Healthy tears contain specific amounts of oil, water and mucus. When the ratio of these components isn't balanced correctly, the quality of your tears can suffer and your eyes can become dry. Other causes of dry eye include:
problems with the tear ducts or eyelids, causing cause tears to disperse poorly over the surface of your eyes
lifestyle habits, like staring at computer monitors for long hours or working or living in polluted or smoky environments
autoimmune disorders including Graves' disease and Sjogren's syndrome
use of medications like antihistamines, hormone replacements, decongestants and high blood pressure medicines
Dry eye syndrome causes distinctive ocular symptoms, including:
burning and itching sensations
feeling like a foreign object is in your eye
gritty or scratchy feelings, especially when blinking
increased light sensitivity
increased sensitivity to pollutants
Regular contact lens wear can exacerbate these symptoms.
Dry eye has become much more common in recent years as more and more people spend long hours using computer screens at work, at school, and at home. Today, there are many options for treating dry eyes, including prescription eye drops to improve or augment natural tears, oral medications to help treat inflammation which may be contributing to your symptoms, and even ocular inserts developed to treat dry eye syndrome. In some cases, surgery may be needed to open clogged tear ducts. A comprehensive eye exam can help determine which option is best for your needs.
The cost of routine eye exams and prescription eyewear can be of real concern, especially for large families. In many cases, vision insurance can lower these annual expenses. A vision insurance policy is not the same as health insurance. Regular health insurance plans protect you against financial losses due to unexpected eye injuries or disease. Vision insurance, on the other hand, is a wellness benefit designed to provide routine eye care, prescription eyewear and other vision-related services at a reduced cost.
Because we provide both medical and routine eye care, we accept a number of insurance plans to help cover the cost depending on your individual needs. Here are just some of the plans that we accept:
In-Network Medical Plans: Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield and Medicare.
Vision Plans we accept: Vision Service Plan (VSP) and EyeMed
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