Causes of Dry Eye

Dr. Anthony Roberts heads a private ophthalmology practice in Rockville, Maryland. In addition to performing procedures such as Lasik, Dr. Anthony Roberts evaluates patients with conditions such as dry eye.

Dry eye is an uncomfortable condition that can have a long-term effect on a person’s eye health and well-being. In some cases, the eye structure fails to produce enough tears. Getting older is a common contributing factor to a decrease in tear production, as can be a person’s environment. For example, people who live in windy regions might be more likely to experience the problem. Certain health conditions, such as diabetes, as well as a variety of types of medications can also cause a person’s eyes to feel dried out.

In other cases, the cause of dryness is not a lack of tears, but issues with the quality of the tears the body makes. A problem with the makeup of tears can lead can result in a number of problems. For example, the tears might not cover the eye properly, or they might evaporate too fast. These situations may both result in the discomfort associated with dry eye.

Since a number of different things can cause dry eye, it is important that a person see an eye doctor if he or she notices a problem. The doctor can provide additional information on what might be causing the issue and prescribe an appropriate course of action to address.


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Dr. Anthony Roberts

LASIK surgery is the number-one elective surgery in the United States, and Dr. Anthony Roberts, operating out of his private practice, Shady Grove Ophthalmology, is one of the most experienced LASIK surgeons in the greater Washington, DC region. Located in Rockville, Maryland, Shady Grove Ophthalmology features state-of-the-art technologies to match the training and care provided by its physicians. Dr. Roberts has performed over 55,000 refractive surgeries in his 15 years of experience, and he holds certification to perform laser surgery using VISX technology. Before opening his own practice, Dr. Anthony Roberts earned his Doctor of Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. While there, he received acclaim for his ophthalmology research. He served as Chief Resident while completing his residency at Nassau University Medical Center and Stony Brook University. Currently, he acts as Chairman of Ophthalmology at Shady Grove Hospital. An avid football fan, Dr. Anthony Roberts also holds the distinction of being the Chief Ophthalmologist for the Washington Redskins. Individuals who visit LASIK surgeon Dr. Anthony Roberts will receive an honest appraisal of their vision needs. Dr. Roberts and his staff at Shady Grove Ophthalmology pride themselves on providing premium care. This begins with a frank assessment of the patient's vision, followed by a discussion of the benefits and risk of LASIK corrective eye surgery. Whatever the treatment, Dr. Anthony Roberts upholds a commitment to providing personalized care at Shady Grove Ophthalmology. To schedule an appointment or to learn more information, please visit the website at or call the office at (301) 279-0600.

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