Dry Eye

Dry eye syndrome is a common condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It occurs when the eyes do not produce enough tears or when the tears evaporate too quickly, leading to discomfort and vision problems.

At Barry Edison Ophthalmology, we understand the impact that dry eye can have on your daily life and are dedicated to providing effective treatment options to alleviate your symptoms.

What is Dry Eye Syndrome?

Dry eye syndrome, also known as dry eye disease or just simply dry eye, is a condition characterized by insufficient moisture in the eyes. This can be due to reduced tear production or increased tear evaporation.

The tear film consists of three layers: oil, water, and mucus. Each of these plays a crucial role in maintaining eye health and comfort. 

When the balance of these layers is disrupted, it can lead to dry eye symptoms.

What Are the Most Common Symptoms of Dry Eye?

The symptoms of dry eye syndrome can vary from person to person, but the most common signs include:

  • Burning or stinging sensation in the eyes
  • Gritty or sandy feeling, as if something is in the eye
  • Redness and inflammation
  • Blurred vision or eye fatigue
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Watery eyes, as a reflex response to irritation
  • Difficulty wearing contact lenses

If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to schedule an appointment with Dr. Vyas or Dr. Edison at Barry Edison Ophthalmology for diagnosis and treatment.

What Treatments Are Available for Dry Eye?

At Barry Edison Ophthalmology, we offer a range of treatment options tailored to your specific needs. After a comprehensive eye exam, our doctors will tailor a treatment plan to help improve your symptoms.

Some of the available treatments for dry eye include:

Artificial Tears

Over-the-counter artificial tear solutions can help lubricate the eyes and provide temporary relief from dry eye symptoms. These drops mimic the natural tears and can be used as needed throughout the day.

Meibomian Gland Expression

In some cases, the meibomian glands, which produce the oily layer of the tear film, can become clogged. Manual expression of these glands can help restore the balance of the tear film and alleviate dry eye symptoms.


This innovative treatment uses radiofrequency energy to gently heat the eyelids and improve meibomian gland function. Unblocking the oil glands improves the tear film’s quality and stability, reducing dry eye symptoms.

Punctal Plugs

Punctal plugs are tiny devices inserted into the tear ducts to reduce tear drainage. By keeping the tears on the eye’s surface for longer, these plugs can help alleviate dry eye symptoms and improve overall eye comfort.


Studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids can help improve the quality of the tear film and reduce inflammation. Our doctors may recommend dietary changes or supplements to increase your intake of omega-3.

Warm Compresses

Applying warm compresses to the eyelids can help stimulate tear production and improve meibomian gland function. This simple at-home treatment can be done daily to manage dry eye symptoms.


Several prescription medications are available to treat dry eye syndrome. These include Xiidra, Restasis, Miebo, Tyrvaya nasal spray, and Cequa.

These medications work by reducing inflammation, increasing tear production, or improving the quality of the tear film. Our doctors will determine the most appropriate pharmaceutical treatment based on the severity of your dry eye and your individual needs.

Amniotic Membrane

An amniotic membrane is the innermost part of the placenta, which is in contact with a fetus. Doctors can collect this placental tissue containing several stem cells and powerful growth factors. Amniotic membranes aid in the healing of various conditions, including treating dry eye disease.

At Barry Edison Ophthalmology, we are committed to helping you find relief from dry eye syndrome. More innovative treatments will soon be added, offering a variety of options tailored to your particular symptoms of dry eye disease.

If you are experiencing dry eye symptoms, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with us today.

Are you experiencing symptoms of dry eye syndrome? Schedule an appointment at Barry Edison Ophthalmology in Brick Township, NJ, today!

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