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Dry Eyes Specialist

Advanced Vision & Achievement Center

Optometrists located in Phoenix, AZ

Dry eye syndrome can cause a variety of symptoms, like irritation, burning, and even vision impairment. At Advanced Vision & Achievement Center in Phoenix, highly skilled optometrists Neha Amin, OD, FAAO, and Mary Hardy, OD, offer numerous treatments, like AmbioDisk®, to ease dry eye symptoms. If you’re suffering from dry eye syndrome, book an appointment online or over the phone today.

Dry Eyes

What is dry eye syndrome?

Dry eye syndrome is a common condition that develops when you don’t have enough quality tears to lubricate your eyes properly. Your tears play a vital role in maintaining the health of the surface of your eyes and keeping your vision clear.

Each time you blink, your tears spread across the surfaces, or corneas, of your eyes. These tears lubricate your eyes and reduce the risk of infection by washing away foreign materials. Excess tears drain into small ducts in the corners of your eyes, which then empty into the back of your nose.

When you have dry eyes, your tear production and drainage aren’t in balance.

What causes dry eye syndrome?

You can develop dry eyes for several reasons, such as:

  • Certain medications, like decongestants and blood pressure medications
  • Some medical conditions, like diabetes and thyroid disorders
  • Environmental factors, like wind and dry climates
  • Long-term use of contact lenses

Your risk of getting dry eye syndrome increases with age, especially after age 65. Women are also more likely to develop dry eye syndrome because of hormonal changes caused by contraceptives, pregnancy, and menopause.

Dry eye syndrome is a chronic condition typically treated with over-the-counter or prescription eye drops. At Advanced Vision & Achievement Center, Dr. Amin and Dr. Hardy offer numerous solutions for dry eye syndrome, including AmbioDisk®.

How does AmbioDisk treat dry eye syndrome?

AmbioDisk is a small, clear disc approximately the size of a contact lens that contains an amniotic membrane. The regenerative properties in the substance can restore your eye to a healthy state.

After placing an AmbioDisk on your cornea and covering it with a soft contact lens, it stays in place for 5-7 days as it dissolves into the surface of your eye. As the regenerative properties of the amniotic membrane trigger the natural healing processes in your eye, your cornea returns to a normal state, and your symptoms subside.

In addition to treating dry eye syndrome, Dr. Amin or Dr. Hardy might recommend using AmbioDisk to treat a variety of conditions affecting your cornea, including:

  • Corneal erosions
  • Epithelial corneal defects
  • Thermal or acute chemical burns
  • Eye infections

To find relief from dry eye syndrome, call Advanced Vision & Achievement Center or schedule an appointment online today.