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You may experience dry eyes in certain situations, such as on an airplane, in an air-conditioned room or after looking at a computer screen for a few hours. Our talented team will provide you with a diagnosis.
When you suffer from dry eyes, you experience a sensation of burning accompanied by watery eyes, pain, and itching.
This is a very common symptom of dry eyes. It is also known as ocular pruritis, Dry eyes can also cause itchy eyelids.
Also known as eyestrain, is the sensation of achy eyes, you might feel your eyes weak due to intense use,
Meet Dr. Nicholas Rutkowski, O.D.
Dr. Rutkowski is the founder and lead optometrist at Nicholas Rutkowski, O.D. and Associates, He is well known for putting his patients’ needs first and for providing top quality eye care services that include eye exams, glasses, contact lenses, dry & red eye treatment. He serves at two locations in Frankfort & Bourbonnais, IL.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is dry eye?
A dry eye is a condition causing inadequate tear production or poor-quality tears. This leads to the apparent problem of dry eyes, but often also causes a variety of other symptoms, including:
- Red eyes
- Burning eyes
- Tired-feeling eyes
- Itchy eyes
- Sore eyes
- Foreign body sensation, causing eye grittiness
- Watery eyes
If dry eye isn’t treated, the symptoms could worsen, even growing pronounced enough to cause blurry vision.
What is the best solution for dry eye?
Dry eye treatment depends on your particular needs.
Sometimes, you only need to change a few things in your life to relieve dry eyes; for example, using the 20-20-20 rule for screen time. Wearing eyeglasses, adhering to strict contact lens care guidelines, and other customized recommendations can also help dry eyes.
We also advise Restasis, which is the only prescription eye drop that can boost your natural tear production. Many patients find that Restasis is a better solution than simply adding artificial tears or using punctual plugs in your tear ducts.
Why do I have dry eye?
There are many possible reasons for dry eye, including:
- Natural eye moisture decrease with aging
- Hormone changes, particularly in women
- Drugs including antihistamines and hypertension medications
- Diseases like diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis
- Excessive digital screen time on computers, phone, or tablets
- Dry, smoky, or windy climate
- Wearing contact lenses for too long
What is involved in dry eye diagnosis?
The Nicholas Rutkowski, O.D., and Associates team reviews your symptoms and performs a comprehensive eye exam to diagnose dry eye. This includes checking your eyelids, blink dynamics, a slit-lamp corneal exam, and measuring your tear quantity and quality.
As part of your diagnosis, the team considers your lifestyle and environment to determine the root cause of your dry eye.