NYC Dry Eye Doctor Explains: Can dry eyes cause eye pain?

Published on
January 21, 2023

Dry eyes can cause a wide range of symptoms, including burning, irritation, itching, foreign body sensations, redness, light sensitivity, and eye pain. The severity of these symptoms can vary depending on the individual case and the underlying cause of the dry eyes. The front surface of the eye, called the cornea, is particularly sensitive and contains many nerve endings. When the cornea becomes dry and unstable due to a lack of lubrication, it can lead to eye pain and discomfort.

Different components of dry eyes

There are two types of dry eyes, aqueous and evaporative.

  • Aqueous dry eye - With aqueous dry eye, there are not enough tears being produced. When your eyes are not properly lubricated, and when you blink or wear contact lenses, it can scratch the cornea and cause you to have eye pain, sometimes even intense eye pain.
  • Evaporative dry eye - Having evaporative dry eyes means you are producing enough tears, but not enough of the lipid or oil layer, which is the outermost layer of our tears to prevent the aqueous part of the tears from evaporating, resulting in your eyes becoming dry. In that case, the evaporative component and also the aqueous component can re-stimulate an inflammatory cycle. Once this inflammatory cycle begins, a whole host of inflammatory cells are released onto your ocular surface. This causes further damage to the front surface of your eyes, resulting in pain and sensitivity to light.

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Why should you visit an eye doctor if you have eye pain due to dry eye?

Visiting our eye doctor if you have eye pain due to dry eye is important for several reasons. Our eye doctor can diagnose the underlying cause of dry eye and provide appropriate treatment, which may include the use of artificial tears, anti-inflammatory eye drops, medications such as Xiidra or Restasis, punctal plugs, in office heating and expression of the meibomian glands to release clogged oil glands, amniotic membranes to induce healing of the corneal surface, and scleral lenses. They can also help you to manage the dry eye by making lifestyle recommendations such as increasing your intake of omega-3 fatty acids, using a humidifier, increasing your blinking while using a computer or phone, using hot compresses, practicing proper eyelid hygiene, avoiding medications that may induce dry eye, and avoiding environmental irritants.

Additionally, our eye doctor can check for other eye conditions that may be contributing to the dry eye or causing the pain. For example, conditions such as blepharitis, which is an inflammation of the eyelids, can cause dry eyes and eye pain. Our eye doctor can diagnose and treat these conditions in order to alleviate the dry eyes and pain. Furthermore, dry eye can cause damage to the cornea, conjunctiva, meibomian glands, and other parts of the eye. Our eye doctor can monitor the situation and to prevent further damage or vision loss.

Overall, visiting our eye doctor if you have eye pain due to dry eye is essential for managing the condition and preventing any potential complications. They can provide the right diagnosis and treatment to bring relief to your symptoms and prevent further damage to your eyes.

If you are experiencing eye pain, it is important to schedule an appointment with our eye doctor as soon as possible. If you don’t already have a trusted optometrist or live too far from our office in New York, you might begin your search online by entering “dry eye doctor near me” or “dry eye evaluation near me”.

Visit our eye doctor in New York for dry eye evaluation and treatment

If you are experiencing symptoms of dry eye or eye pain, call us to schedule a dry eye evaluation today at (212) 752-6930. Patients with dry eye visit our clinic from all over New York, and we are proud to be a leading provider of dry eye services for patients from New York, Queens, Brooklyn, and Long Island.

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At Amplify with Dr Wernick I was seeking help for seemingly intractable, probably age-related dryness. I've seen other doctors about it, and that has been helpful, but what he explained to me about it and the careful way he answered all my questions gave me so much more of a clear understanding of what is going on (and is not) that I am more able to implement all his and others' recommendations than I was before. And he gave me additional resources for further follow-up. I am most grateful.


Cynthia Norton

Wow! This is a great Eye Care medical facility. I was thoroughly examined by Dr. Pinkhasov for over 2 hours. She made sure to check my eyes for pretty much everything and patiently explained proper care for my eyes. They definitely know how to provide great care and treat their patients right. Now I know why they have such a great reputation and been around for so long.


Steve Fay

Dr. Kavner is a gifted diagnostician and orthoptic therapist. He treated me several decades ago for a condition similar to dyslexia. I was having migraines five times per week. I worked with him for about a year and I experienced tremendous improvement (down to 3-4 per year) that has lasted.


Mary K.

Dr. Kavner recommended two types of eye therapy for my daughter. One of them using bio-feedback. In just three sessions she is seeing considerably better. She shouted this morning: Ooh my God! I could not see these letters with my glasses on, and now I can see them without my glasses. If you are willing and able to invest in improving your vision, this is a good place to go to!


Peter G.

Dr. Kavner recommended two types of eye therapy for my daughter. One of them using bio-feedback. In just three sessions she is seeing considerably better. She shouted this morning: Ooh my God! I could not see these letters with my glasses on, and now I can see them without my glasses. If you are willing and able to invest in improving your vision, this is a good place to go to!


Kinkie F.

I have always found Dr Kavner's work, expertise and wisdom of the highest caliber. As one of the fathers of OT, occupational othomology, his depth and breadth of knowledge about the eyes' health and wellbeing of the patient is exemplary. Cannot say enough good things about him.


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