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Vision Source of Amherst and Greenfield is proud to announce the opening of a Dry Eye Center of Excellence.

Our goal is to provide maximum relief from your dry eye symptoms using treatments ranging from over-the-counter lubricants to therapeutic treatments.

Dry eye is a multi-factorial disease of the tears and ocular surface that results in symptoms of discomfort, visual disturbance, and tear film instability with potential damage to the ocular surface. It is accompanied by increased osmolarity – concentration of salts – in the tear film and inflammation of the ocular surface. It has been estimated that millions of people suffer from Dry Eye. Dry eye is chronic – not going away by itself – and usually progressive – will get worse with time.

Dry eyes are one of the most common problems that patients report. Dry eyes result from either a decrease in the amount of tear production or the quality or composition of the tears produced.

Common causes for Dry Eye may include the following:

• Advancing age
• Allergies
• Poor diet
• Environmental – heating/cooling, airline travel, smoke, air pollutants
• Winter weather and allergy seasons
• Hormonal changes
• Health conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, lupus, thyroid dysfunction, acne rosacea,
chemotherapy or radiation treatments
• Smoking
• Contact lens use
• Computer, smartphone/tablet use and reading
• History of LASIK surgery
• Certain medications such as antidepressants, antihistamines, decongestants, acne treatments,
diuretics, and some blood pressure medications.

Common symptoms of Dry Eye may include the following:

• Blurred or variable vision
• Sensitivity to light
• Dryness
• Burning/Stinging
• Gritty or foreign body sensations
• Paradoxical excess or “reflex” tearing caused by the underlying eye surface irritation.

Please ask our doctors and staff how we may customize a treatment regimen for you to achieve better comfort and vision.