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Dry Eye Therapy at Focus Eyecare Center in Washington

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Dry eyes don’t just cause discomfort; if they aren’t treated, they can impair your vision and lead to corneal damage.

You don’t need to suffer from dry, irritated eyes; the friendly and experienced team at Focus Eyecare Center is here to help. As part of our commitment to unparalleled, medically-focused care, we will address the root cause of your dry eye, not just treat your symptoms. We do this by conducting a complete dry eye assessment, then crafting a treatment plan to suit your needs.

For more information about dry eyes, and to determine which treatment option is best for your eyes, please speak to your optometrist during your next appointment.

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What Causes Dry Eyes?

Dry eyes have two root causes: poor tear quality or insufficient tear volume. Tears are critical for eye lubrication, so when we can’t make enough tears or the tears we make aren’t high enough quality, it can leave our eyes feeling dry and irritated.

Our tears are made up of three main ingredients: water, meibum (a type of oil), and mucin. Meibum is important because it forms a protective covering on the outside of each tear, slowing the evaporation process. Mucin helps our tears spread out evenly over the surface of our eyes.

When our tears evaporate too quickly or don’t fully cover the surface of our eyes, it can lead to dry eyes.

Our eyes produce tears using several different glands located in and around our eyelids. Tear production can be disrupted by age, certain medications, certain medical conditions, and environmental factors.

Dry or windy environments may cause our tears to evaporate too quickly, causing dry eye, while medications and medical conditions can inhibit tear production.

Dry Eye Symptoms

Dry eye symptoms include:

  • Burning eyes
  • Tired eyes
  • Red eyes
  • Gritty eyes
  • Blurry vision
  • A foreign body sensation
  • Increased sensitivity to light and glare

Dry Eye Treatments at Focus Eyecare Center

Before we can begin treating your dry eyes, we need to understand what is causing them and craft a custom treatment plan. A complete dry eye assessment lets us get to the root of the problem, and incorporates a wide variety of advanced diagnostic techniques.

Like all services provided by Focus Eyecare Center, our complete dry eye assessment is MOA-approved.

A proper diet plays a critical role in our health and can be used to treat some forms of dry eye.

Several studies have found that diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids can reduce eye inflammation as well as increase meibum production, providing relief for some forms of dry eye. Fish, nuts, and leafy greens are all rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

A large scale nutritional study (the AREDS2 study), which was completed in 2013, found that consuming vitamin C, vitamin E, lutein, zeaxanthin, and zinc can improve your overall eye health.

Dry eyes may be caused by blepharitis, which is an infection of the eyelid margins that lead to a crusty, irritating buildup of debris and bacteria along the lid-line. BlephEx is an in-office treatment that involves using a small, hand-held cleaning tool to gently exfoliate the margins of your eyelids, clearing away the debris and relieving your symptoms.

TearCare® is an open-eye in office procedure designed to target the underlying cause of evaporative dry eye. By applying heat directly to the eyelid TearCare melts the blockage within your meibomian glands.

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We’re located in Northwest D.C. to care for all your eye health needs.

Our Address

1776 G Street NW, Suite 104
Washington, D.C 20006

Contact Information

Phone: (202) 298-6878
Fax: 202.347.7180

Hours of Operations

8:30am – 5:00pm
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*The office is open on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month. No walk-ins are available on Saturdays. The office is only open for patients with appointments.*


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