Dry Eye Specialist

Matthew Kruger, M.D.

Ophthalmologist located in Denver, CO

When the quantity or quality of your tears fails to keep the surface of your eyes sufficiently lubricated, you may have a condition called dry eye, or dry eye syndrome. At his Denver eye care practice, Matthew Kruger, MD — an accomplished ophthalmologist — expertly diagnoses the cause of your dry eyes and provides advanced treatments to relieve symptoms. If you experience the uncomfortable symptoms of dry eyes, call the office to schedule a consultation.

Dry Eye Q & A

What causes dry eyes?

When the glands in your eyes that make tears don’t function properly to produce the right amount of tears or they produce poor quality tears, you experience the irritating symptoms of dry eyes. The glands surrounding your eyes — the meibomian glands and lacrimal glands — should create the right combination of lipids (fatty oils), water, mucous, and proteins. Each time you blink, these tears lubricate the surface of your eyes and protect them from the environment and pollutants.  

If your tear production decreases or evaporates, or the composition of your tears becomes imbalanced, you suffer the symptoms of dry eye syndrome. Common causes include:

  • Medications such as decongestants or antihistamines
  • Age
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Hormonal changes, especially for women during pregnancy or menopause
  • Seasonal allergies
  • Prolonged time in front of a computer screen
  • Windy, smoky, dry air conditions
  • Rosacea

In some cases, dry eye syndrome may be temporary and you can make lifestyle changes to improve your condition. However, if dry eyes continue to bother you, prescription eye medications or eye drops may help relieve symptoms.

What are the symptoms of dry eye syndrome?

The most common symptoms include:

  • Dry, itchy eyes
  • A stinging or burning sensation in your eyes
  • The feeling like something is in your eye
  • Red eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Trouble wearing contacts
  • Blurred vision
  • Eye fatigue
  • Eye mucous

Dry eye can become a progressively worse condition if you don’t seek treatment for bothersome symptoms. If you regularly experience eye discomfort, pain, or a heavy feeling in your eyes, Dr. Kruger can diagnose the cause of your condition so you can get the relief you need.

What treatments are available to relieve dry eyes?

If you suffer from chronic dry eye, the use of artificial tears may help relieve your symptoms. Once Dr. Kruger diagnoses the underlying cause of your dry eye symptoms, he prescribes an effective solution, such as prescription medications or corticosteroid eye drops.

If your meibomian glands are not functioning properly, warm compresses over your eyelids may be helpful in stimulating tear production. You may also benefit from:

  • Nutritional supplements containing omega-3 fatty acids
  • LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation System in-office treatment
  • Punctal plugs in your tear ducts
  • Meibomian gland expression to clear the glands
  • Restasis® prescription eye drops

Each case of dry eye is unique, so Dr. Kruger prescribes a combination of remedies that alleviate your particular symptoms and increase your eye comfort.

To learn about effective dry eye treatments, call to schedule an appointment.