Dry Eye Expert in Kirkland, Washington
Physicians, Optometrists, and Ophthalmologists from all over the area refer their challenging dry eye patients to Dr Cusic. A comprehensive dry eye evaluation will allow the doctor to determine the best treatment regimen for the patient’s specific condition. Not all dry eyes are the same, nor is the treatment. Only a comprehensive dry eye evaluation will assure long term eye health, perfect all day eye sight, and all day comfort.
Dry Eye Services Near Redmond & Bellevue, WA
When it comes to personalized care, no eye doctor in Kirkland area can match the attention given by Dr. Cusic. He is well known for his expertise, unwavering commitment to superb patient care, passion, and education in providing personalized eye care for dry eye patients.
The one characteristic that sets Dr. Cusic apart from other eye care practitioners is that he neither avoids nor declines the challenge of most difficult patients. They tend to have a perfectionist demeanor.
Dr. Cusic has redefined and set the gold standard of care in the dry eye profession and is known as the expert by his peers. When it comes to dry eyes – we are the “Doctor’s doctor”.
Here is some information about Dry Eye Syndrome
- Dryness of the eye
- Sandy or gritty feeling
- Lid infections
- Burning, itching
- Contact lens discomfort
- Light sensitivity
- Redness, styes
- Tired Eyes
- Eye pain or soreness
- Constant or occasional tearing
- Fluctuation of vision
Risk Factors: There are certain factors that contribute to Dry Eye Syndrome, although both men and women of any age may experience it.
Aging: Advancing age is the single most important risk factor for Dry Eye. Dry Eye Syndrome affects 75% of people over age 65.
Women: Hormonal changes brought on by: Pregnancy, lactation, oral contraceptive, menstruation, and post menopause can cause dry eye condition.
Computer and Video Game Users: Computer users spend hours staring at their monitors ignoring their normal blinking process, which is a vital function of tear production. Typically, computer users blinking rate is decreased by 70%. If you use a computer for more than one hour a day, your eyes will be affected. Children and young adults are now being diagnosed with Dry Eye Syndrome with increasing frequency due to increasing computer, video game, and television use.
Disease: Several diseases result as side effects of Dry Eye Syndrome: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Diabetes, Thyroid Abnormality, Asthma, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Lupus and Rosacea.
Medications: Certain medications can decrease the body's ability to produce lubricating tears: Anti-Depressants, Decongestants, Antihistamines, Blood Pressure Medication, Oral Contraceptives, Diuretics, Ulcer Medication, Tranquilizers, Beta Blockers and Incontinence Therapies.
Contact Lenses: Dry Eye is the leading cause of contact lens discomfort or intolerance. Soft contacts in particular, rapidly evaporate the tears from the eye causing irritation, protein deposits, infection, and pain.
Environmental Conditions: Exposure to Smoke, Fluorescent Lights, Air Pollution, Wind, Heaters, Air Conditioning, and Dry Climates, can increase tear evaporation.
Refractive Surgery: Candidates considering refractive surgery (i.e. RK, PRK, LASIK, LTK) should consult their eyecare professional regarding any dry eye risks associated with the procedure.
Testing for Dry Eyes
Dr. Cusic can perform in-office diagnostic tests to evaluate the quality and quantity of your tears. General health, medications and environmental factors will be a consideration in diagnosing the type of dry eye you have.
Advanced Equipment: One test that we run that includes multiple dry-eye-related tests is the Keratograph 5M from Oculus. The OCULUS Keratograph® 5M is an advanced corneal topographer with a built-in real keratometer and a color camera optimized for external imaging.
Treatment of Dry Eye Syndrome
Depending on the type of dry eye you have, your optical and medical conditions, Dr. Cusic will prescribe in proper sequence the best method of treatment to give you all day comfort, all day crisp vision and eye health.