Potential Causes of Dry Eyes

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Dr. Anthony Roberts has worked as an eye physician at Shady Grove Ophthalmology in Rockville, Maryland, since 2002. In this position, Dr. Anthony Roberts addresses a number of eye conditions, such as myopia and dry eyes.

While a number of environmental factors can cause a person to experience dry eyes for a period of time, certain medical conditions can lead to a dryness in the eyes that does not dissipate until treated by an eye physician. The primary cause of dry eyes is a lack of tear production. Although some people might assume that tears are simply a mixture of water and salt, tears also contain important fatty oils and mucus that help the eyes maintain a smooth, clear texture. Tears also defend eyes against potential infections.

There are basically two causes of dry eyes. In certain cases, a person is incapable of producing enough tears. Officially known as keratoconjunctivitis, lack of tear production can be attributed to advanced age, medical conditions such as diabetes or vitamin A deficiency, and damage to the tear glands due to inflammation or radiation.

In other cases, a person might produce a sufficient amount of tears, but they may evaporate quicker than normal. These situations are often more temporary than instances of decreased tear production. For instance, wind or smoke in the air can cause tears to evaporate faster than normal, as can periods of intense concentration. However, conditions affecting the eyelids like ectropion and entropion can also lead to tear evaporation.

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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 ShadyGroveOphthalmology.com or call the office at (301) 279-0600.

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