What are the symptoms of Dry Eye?

People with Dry Eye may have scratchy, sandy-gritty irritation or burning in their eyes. Initially people may have symptoms when exposed to extremely dry environments such as that seen in airplane cabins or after long days driving in their car, or with contact lens wear. Sometimes there is no irritation but just occasionally redness of [...]

What other factors contribute to Dry Eye?

Many prescribed medications can cause or worsen existing Dry Eye Syndrome. Also many OTC medications, in particular anti-histamines and anti-allergy compounds can exacerbate Dry Eye symptoms. Environmental conditions are also frequently a factor as is climate. LASIK surgery temporarily disrupts the ocular surface/lacrimal gland unit. This condition usually returns to pre-surgical status in 3-6 months. [...]

Is Dry Eye worse in Rochester NY than elsewhere?

Dry is is actually much more common in places that are cold and dry like Rochester NY compared to say Miami FL that is typically warm and humid.  Basically, the cold dry air causes your tears to evaporate at a faster rate and this contributes to Dry Eye.

Can reading & TV or computer viewing cause Dry Eye?

When reading or watching television, the rate that you blink is reduced and this causes the tear film to evaporate leading to dryness of the eyes. This may happen to people they are tired, or have spent long hours watching television or working in front of a computer screen.

How do you treat Dry Eye?

Up until recently the "go to" standard treatment options include over-the-counter artificial tears for temporary dry eye relief, prescription therapies, and punctal plugs.  However, there is a new treatment known as LipiFlow and Robbins Eye has invested in the equipment and necessary training to offer what is an revolutionary treatment regimen for this chronic problem. [...]

What is Dry Eye?

Dry Eye is a disease that, over time, can decrease the eye’s ability to make and/or maintain sufficient quality and quantity of tears for a healthy tear film. It is also known by the scientific name, keratoconjunctivitis sicca, and by other terms such as dry eye syndrome or dysfunctional tear syndrome. The tear film helps [...]

What is a secondary cataract?

Clouding of the residual back wall of the cataract or posterior capsule is common months to years after surgery. We are able to treat this condition with our YAG laser. Dr. Robbins was one of the first surgeons in New York to utilize the YAG laser to treat the condition. The laser creates a small [...]

What are the most common risks associated with cataract surgery?

Cataract surgery is a routine procedure with very little risk of side effects and a comparatively low risk of infection. Although complications are not common, risks include excessive inflammation, clouding of the cornea, swelling of the central retina (macula), retinal detachment, bleeding, and dislocation of the implant. Your doctor will discuss additional risk factors that [...]

How can I minimize the effects of cataracts?

Cataracts can be especially hard on vision in direct sunlight, you may want to wear darkening sunglasses and a sun visor to control glare when outside. They also can adversely affect night vision. Avoid driving at night especially when it is raining and on poorly lighted roads.

How do I know if my cataracts are advanced enough to need surgery? Do I need to wait for them to become ripe?

There is a common misconception that cataracts need to be “ripe” before they can be removed and vision improved. In most cases the indication for surgery is the individual is becoming functionally impaired by the resultant decrease in vision. If the cataracts are impairing one’s lifestyle and optical aids will not significantly improve vision, cataract [...]