Dry Eye Specialist

Cedar Crest Vision Care

Jonathan K. Solan, OD

Dry Eye and Aesthetic Specialist located in Allentown, PA

Not enough tears or poor tear quality are the typical reasons nearly half of all Americans over 18 years old experience dry eye symptoms. Jonathan Solan, OD, of Cedar Crest Vision Care, in Allentown, Pennsylvania, is a highly experienced optometrist who diagnoses the cause of your dry eye symptoms and recommends effective treatments to relieve discomfort. If you regularly have dry, irritated eyes, schedule a comprehensive eye exam online or call the office today.

Dry Eye Q & A

What causes dry eyes?

Dry eyes—also called dry eye syndrome—are the result of several different factors. For some people, tear ducts don’t produce enough tears to lubricate the surface of your eyes effectively. For others, you may not have an adequate balance of oil, water, and mucus in your tears to comfortably lubricate your eyes. The most common type of dry eye syndrome occurs when the water layer in your tears is insufficient.

Dry eye syndrome can develop as a result of:

  • The natural aging process
  • Existing medical conditions, like rheumatoid arthritis, rosacea, or thyroid problems
  • Hormonal changes women experience during pregnancy, menopause, or with the use of oral contraceptives
  • Environmental conditions like smoke or dry air
  • Taking certain medications
  • Wearing contact lenses for long periods of time
  • After refractive vision surgery, such as LASIK
  • Staring at a computer screen many hours a day
  • Having seasonal allergies

Dry eyes can cause uncomfortable symptoms that leave your eyes feeling dry and irritated during most of the day.

What are some common dry eye symptoms?

Dry eye syndrome symptoms typically affect both eyes, so if you experience any of the following on a regular basis, it may be time to schedule an eye exam so Dr. Solan can determine the underlying causes.

  • Light sensitivity
  • Red eyes
  • Trouble wearing your contacts
  • Watery, itchy eyes
  • The feeling of having something in your eye
  • Scratchy, stinging, or burning sensation in your eyes
  • Trouble seeing clearly for nighttime driving
  • Blurred vision
  • Eye fatigue
  • Mucus around your eyes

Occasional dry eyes are normal, especially when the weather is dry. However, when you’ve had prolonged symptoms, there may be an underlying reason, such as inadequate tear production or poor tear composition. Dr. Solan treats your dry eye symptoms as well as addressing the underlying causes, so you get long-term relief.

How does an optometrist treat dry eye syndrome?

Dr. Solan and the team at Cedar Crest Vision Care take an individualized approach to treating your dry eye syndrome. Depending on the underlying causes and contributing factors, Dr. Solan creates a treatment plan that may include using artificial tears—either over-the-counter or prescription—to supplement your natural tears and keep your eyes lubricated throughout the day. When symptoms are more severe or don’t respond to eye drops, Dr. Solan may recommend medications to reduce eyelid inflammation or procedures to plug tear ducts to overcome the loss of tears.

Additionally, he may prescribe other therapies or a new contact lens prescription that allows your eyes to retain more moisture.

To learn more about treating chronic dry eyes, call the office or book an appointment online.

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