Coming Soon!

We are happy to announce Eye Associates Northwest will be implementing a new and improved telecommunication system beginning in September. This will allow us to hold your place in the queue and receive a call back at a later time rather than waiting on hold indefinitely. We understand the importance of patients having the ability to contact us easily and are hoping this can improve our accessibility to you.

Health Safety Notification

Patients are required to wear a mask or face covering while in clinic to protect other patients and our staff. Upon check-in, you will be asked if you have experienced a fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, and/or sudden loss of taste or smell within the past 14 days. We will also take your temperature. All visitors will be asked to wait in the car, unless they are needed for the appointment (caregiver, interpreter, etc.).

Dry Eye Disease

Dry eye is a complex, progressive disease that results from chronic damage to the parts of the eye that produce and support tears. The tears are responsible for providing protection, comfort, vision and maintenance for the eye surface. Typically, there is more than one initiating factor contributing to dryness of the eye. Through multiple tests and informative scans, we can assess why you are having dry eye to find the root cause and work towards improving your eye health and comfort.

Dry Eye Disease

Defining Dry Eye Disease

Dry Eye Disease is a disease of the tears and ocular surface that results in symptoms of discomfort, visual disturbance, and tear film instability. It has the potential damage to the ocular surface. Dry eye disease is accompanied by increased osmolarity of the tear film (think “saltiness”) and inflammation (think “red, irritation”) of the ocular surface.

What are the Symptoms?

To identify Dry Eye Disease, look for the following symptoms:

  • Scratchy or gritty sensation
  • Itching and/or burning
  • Redness
  • Foreign body sensation
  • Watery eyes
  • Increased irritation from wind & smoke
  • Contact lens discomfort
  • Fluctuating vision throughout the day

Dry Eye Disease Specialist