Coming Soon!

Eye Associates Northwest is happy to announce we will be upgrading our EMR system as well as patient portal and online bill pay options. The roll out for these updated patient interfaces will take place through November. During this time, the patient portal and online bill pay features will not be available while we get these systems back online. During this time, please call our clinic line or billing lines for assistance. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

Health Safety Notification

Patients are required to wear a face mask while in clinic to protect other patients and our staff. Please wear your mask for the duration of your visit unless your exam necessitates its removal. We appreciate your cooperation.

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