Chronic Dry Eyes

Dry Eyes

Patients suffer from chronic dry eyes because they either don’t produce enough tears to lubricate the eye or their tears evaporate too often. Dry eyes can be very uncomfortable and can feel like burning, stinging, or grittiness. Some patients even experience discharge, feeling of heavy eyes, or blurred vision. Your tears are produced by a tear system in your eye that is composed of special glands. When you experience chronic dry eyes it typically means a part of that tear system isn’t working properly. There are many different ways to approach treatment so if you have been suffering from prolonged irritation or redness call our office to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Sherman examining patient's eyes


  • A stinging, burning or scratchy sensation in your eyes
  • Stringy mucus in or around your eyes
  • Increased eye irritation from smoke or wind
  • Eye fatigue after short periods of reading
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Difficulty wearing contact lenses
  • Periods of excessive tearing
  • Blurred vision, often worsening at the end of the day or after focusing for a prolonged period


Physician Eye Care Associates utilizes the most advanced medicines and techniques to treat chronic dry eyes. Options may include artificial tears or ointments, creams, or an occlusion. Artificial tears are the most common treatments as they directly address the issue of lubrication. Another common treatment is an occlusion which is a procedure where the tear drainage duct is either temporarily or permanently blocked in order to keep tears on the eye. Dr. Sherman will complete a comprehensive eye exam, talk to you about your symptoms, and then create a custom treatment plan to relieve discomfort.

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