Posted by: South Georgia / North Florida Eye Partners in Blog

Young woman dripping eyes at homeSouth Georgia Eye Partners has just opened the first and only on-site Dry Eye Clinic in Valdosta, Georgia.  The Clinic is open every Tuesday from 7:30am to 5:00pm in the Valdosta office and is headed up by Dr. Ann Patel.

Dry Eye, as a condition, is defined as the eye’s inability to produce tears and lubricate itself.  Dry Eye Syndrome affects millions of people every day, and causes range from aging to environmental irritants to pre-existing medical conditions.

Treating dry eye is important not only for your comfort but for your eye’s health.  Dr. Patel incorporates many treatments for dry eye depending on the patient’s particular symptoms, severity and overall health.  Medications can include everything from Restasis®, FreshKote Drops®, HydroEye® and Tranquileyes®.

Dr. Patel also sees patients in the Tifton SGEP office on Thursdays and in the Doulas SGEP office on Wednesdays, however, any of our South Georiga Eye Partners physicians can treat Dry Eye Syndrome.  Contact us to make an appointment today.

Some symptoms of Dry Eye include:

  • Redness
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Scratchiness

Common causes of Dry Eye include:

  • Sun and wind exposure
  • Cold or dry air
  • Indoor heating and air conditioning
  • Prolonged computer screen viewing
  • High altitudes
  • Eye surgery
  • Hormonal fluctuations

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