Dry Eyes Specialist

Diana Zabarko, OD -  - Optometrist

Avant Garde Vision Center

Diana Zabarko, OD

Optometrist located in Wayne, NJ

Dry eye syndrome may be part of the natural aging process or can result from another health issue. Whatever the cause, you need fast relief from this irritating condition. Dr. Diana Zabarko, optometrist at Avant Garde Vision Center in Wayne, New Jersey, solves dry eye problems quickly, to help restore your eyes to better health. For dry eye relief, call the office or go online to book an appointment today.

Dry Eyes Q & A

What Characterizes the Condition Called Dry Eye?

Dry eye syndrome is a fairly common condition. You may have dry eye if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Eye irritation
  • Itchy eyes
  • Redness
  • A feeling that a speck of dirt or dust is in your eye
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Blurry vision

Dry eye syndrome can even produce the opposite effect: too much water in your eyes, called reflex tearing. Your body sends a signal to your brain that your eye feels irritated. Tears come, but they’re mostly water, and don’t contain the material necessary to coat the surface of your eye and produce relief.

What Causes Dry Eyes?

Even if you’re not crying, you have tears in your eyes all the time. They provide the necessary moisture to keep your eyes in good working condition. Tears are a mixture of water, oils, and mucus, which helps the moisture spread evenly over your eye. Tears also contain antibodies and proteins to prevent infection.

Sometimes tear ducts can be the problem. Tear ducts can become clogged, preventing needed moisture from reaching your eye. Aging and menopause may cause an imbalance in your tear duct system.

Several other factors can produce dry eye:

  • Certain medical conditions, such as autoimmune disorders
  • Some medications, such as antihistamines
  • Eye conditions, such as dystonia, a neurological disorder that prevents your eyes from closing the way they should and may produce uncontrolled blinking or twitching
  • Environmental factors, such as an air conditioning or heating system that causes excessive dryness of the air

What are the Best Treatments for Dry Eye?

Artificial tears (a form of dry eye drops) and ointments are the usual standard of care for your dry eye condition. Dr. Zabarko may prescribe drops, if over-the-counter drops don’t work for you. She also prescribes an ointment to use if your eyes dry out at night.

If drops don’t solve your dry eye, Dr. Zabarko places a temporary plug in the channel that drains the tears from your eye, so that your eye doesn’t get too dry. The plug eventually dissolves. If this solution works well, she can place longer-lasting plugs to resolve the problem.

Another solution, cautery, closes the channel permanently; Dr. Zabarko refers you to a trusted specialist for this procedure.