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Dry Eye Treatment in Scottsdale, AZ

  • Wind, heat, and dryness (welcome to Arizona!) are three of the most common environmental causes of dry eyes. Almost 60 million Americans suffer from symptoms associated with dry eyes. Before you pack up to move to the Pacific Northwest, please be reassured that there is help.
  • Dr. Cohen is considered one of the national leaders in the diagnosis and treatment of dry eyes. He has participated in several FDA clinical trials for the treatment of dry eyes, and has lectured nationally and has been published numerous times in professional journals on the topic of “Dry Eye Syndrome (DES).”

Factors that cause “DES” include:

  • aging
  • hormonal changes
  • contact lens wear
  • laser vision surgery
  • computer use
  • medications
  • systemic diseases

Symptoms of dry eyes can include:

  • burning
  • dry of foreign body sensation
  • redness
  • fatigue
  • blur (even fluctuations of vision)
  • and even occasional excess tearing

Our comprehensive “dry eye assessment” can include:

  • A thorough history to help uncover the full affect this could be having on your quality of life
  • Administration of the FDA’s “Ocular Surface Disease Index (OSDI),” a questionnaire that helps to establish the degree of symptomology
  • A microscopic evaluation of the “tear film” to assess the quality and quantity of your tears
  • A microscopic assessment of your eyelids and the glands that help to produce components of your tears

Common Treatment:

  • Most people will mistakenly try to “self-treat”
  • With literally dozens of over-the-counter (OTC) products available to treat dry eye symptoms, not all are the best for ongoing use
  • “Vasoconstrictors (to help ‘get the red out’)” and preservatives (to increase shelf life) can themselves be irritating to the eyes, sometimes causing inflammation that can take weeks to resolve once use of the product is stopped

Proper treatment could include:

  • Warm compresses
  • Lid hygiene regimen
  • “Punctal Plugs,” a painless in-office procedure to allow the tears you produce to stay on the eyes longer
  • Nutraceuticals containing “Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids,” as well as other nutrients that help to maintain a healthy tear film
  • Effective, non-irritating OTC tear supplements
  • Prescription medications approved by the FDA for the treatment of DES.
  • Follow-up care to ensure compliance and progress with the treatment plan