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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Ophthalmology Services

Dry Eye Service

diagram of dry eye symptoms

More than six million Americans suffer from dry eyes, and the number of symptomatic individuals is increasing as our population ages. For the dry eye patient, early evaluation and treatment is important to prevent ocular surface damage before it occurs, as well as to relieve patient discomfort.

Typically, lid function, lacrimal system function and the conjunctival surfaces all play a role in the development of dry eye conditions. Successful treatment depends on complete evaluation of the patient and potential treatment modalities based on the specific etiology identified. Ocular lubricants are the mainstays of therapy, but punctal occlusion, repositioning of the eyelids or, occasionally, conjunctival transplants may be indicated.

Because a patient's work or lifestyle can exacerbate dry eye symptoms, our experts often prescribe a daily regimen specifically tailored to control his or her condition.

Contact Us

For further information, or to make a referral or schedule an appointment, please call:

185 Montague Street 7th Floor (718) 780-1530
University Hospital of Brooklyn (718) 270-1714

Physician Staff

Kichiemon Asoma, MD – Patients seen at Midwood and Brooklyn Heights
Michael Ehrenhaus, MD, Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery – Patients seen at Midwood
Himani Goyal, MD, Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery – Patients seen at Bay Ridge
Stephen Kaufman, MD, PhD, Director Cornea and Refractive Surgery Service – Patients seen in Manhattan
Douglas Lazzaro, MD, Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery – Patients seen at Brooklyn Heights and Bay Ridge