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Schedule an eye exam or surgery consultation today with Dr. Mark Hornfeld. Call our NYC office at (212) 580-8881 or visit our website to read about our ophthalmic services. You could also read the following articles to learn more about eye health:

Dry eye syndrome can cause significant irritation. Read more about this condition, including the causes, at the American Optometric Association .

WebMD discusses why the eyes need tears for proper function, along with some treatment options your ophthalmologist might recommend.

Are you considering corrective vision surgery ? Learn more about the benefits of Intralase with this link to the manufacturer.

This link to the Mayo Clinic explores dry eyes further, with explanations about the common causes and lifestyle remedies .

Bausch and Lomb has an article on the importance of regular eye exams, including what you can expect at your next checkup.

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Reasons to Visit the Ophthalmologist Regularly

An ophthalmologist is either a medical doctor (MD) or a doctor of osteopathy (OD). An optometrist can prescribe eye wear, but only an ophthalmologist can also evaluate eye diseases, treat conditions, and offer eye surgeries. If you haven’t been to an ophthalmologist lately, it’s time to schedule an appointment. Here’s a look at a few of the benefits of visiting an ophthalmologist:

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Assess Your Vision

An ophthalmologist can perform a full eye examination, including tests to check for visual acuity and colorblindness. Cover tests assess how well your eyes work together and a refraction test fine-tunes your eye wear prescription. Ophthalmologists also check for eye diseases, such as glaucoma and macular degeneration. At the end of your comprehensive eye exam, you’ll have an accurate prescription, along with new two pairs of glasses or contact lenses. If your ophthalmologist determines that you have an eye condition, he or she will develop a treatment plan for it.

Determine Surgery Candidacy

After your evaluation, your ophthalmologist will determine if you are a good candidate for surgery. Eye surgery is often needed for those with cataracts, for example. If you undergo cataract surgery, the ophthalmologist will remove your cloudy lens and replace it with a permanent intraocular lens (IOL) to help you see better. Some people may also be good candidates for a corneal transplantation or corrective surgery.

Evaluate Family and Medical History

Even if your ophthalmologist does not detect any signs of an eye disease, it’s important to make regular appointments in case you develop a condition later on. In addition, you should share your full family and medical history with the ophthalmologist. This allows him or her to assess whether you could be at a high risk for certain conditions, such as macular degeneration or cataracts. If you are at a high risk, you may need to make a few lifestyle modifications.

Don’t put your eye health on the back burner; schedule your appointment with an ophthalmologist today. Call the NYC office of Dr. Mark Hornfeld at (212) 580-8881 or visit our website to learn more about our ophthalmic services.

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Causes and Treatment Options for Dry Eye Syndrome

Talk to your ophthalmologist about whether you could have a condition called dry eye syndrome. If so, you might experience uncomfortable, irritated eyes that burn or sting and are sensitive to light. Your ophthalmologist might also diagnose you with dry eyes if you have trouble wearing contact lenses or suffer from blurry vision. There are two main causes of dry eyes; keep reading to learn more.

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Decreased Production of Tears

If you do not produce enough of your own natural tears, you may have dry eye syndrome. You have a higher risk of this condition if you are older than 50 or if you are a postmenopausal woman. Tear gland damage and medical conditions such as Sjogren’s syndrome, diabetes, lupus, arthritis, and vitamin A deficiency can also put you at risk for decreased tear production. Disclose your full medical history to your ophthalmologist to determine your risk factors.

Inadequate Quality of Tears

Tears have three main components: oil, water, and mucus. Each of these components play an important role in keeping your eyes lubricated. A deficiency in any of these components can cause dry eye syndrome. Your ophthalmologist might ask you about your specific symptoms to determine if you are deficient in any of these components. For example, an inadequate amount of water can result in a stringy discharge.

Medications

Your ophthalmologist will likely prescribe medications to treat your dry eye syndrome . If your eyelids are inflamed, you could take antibiotics to ease the swelling. Prescription eye drops can address inflammation of the corneas, and might contain cyclosporine or corticosteroids. Your ophthalmologist may also recommend a prescription eye insert, which is a very tiny pellet placed in the lower eyelid.

Tear Duct Plugs

Your ophthalmologist might recommend tear duct plugs, which partially or completely close the tear ducts in order to keep the tears on the eye. This can be accomplished with small silicone plugs, or with a procedure that uses heat to shrink the tissues.

You don’t need to suffer from dry eye syndrome any longer. See an ophthalmologist today at the NYC office of Dr. Mark Hornfeld . Give us a call at (212) 580-8881 or visit our website to learn more about our services.

How to Use Glaucoma Eye Drops

Glaucoma is a condition in which the optic nerve suffers damage, typically because of increased intraocular pressure. An ophthalmologist will often prescribe special eye drops for glaucoma, which are intended to keep the intraocular pressure at a safe level. If your ophthalmologist prescribes eye drops, it’s important to follow the dosage instructions exactly. Skipping dosages can cause fluctuations in intraocular pressure and further damage the optic nerve.

Watch this video to see a demonstration of how to apply glaucoma eye drops. The doctor in this video also discusses what you should do if you experience side effects and why you shouldn’t worry if you apply too many drops at one time.

For a treatment plan for your eye condition, see the experienced eye care team at the office of Dr. Mark Hornfeld. Call our NYC office at (212) 580-8881 for an appointment.

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