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Dry Eye

Dry eye is the most common ocular condition affecting patients. Our cornea specialists, Dr. Murray Friedberg, Dr. Robert Sambursky and Dr. Jeffrey Davis, are committed to the proper diagnosis and effective treatment of this disease.

Signs and Symptoms
Ocular irritation is one of the earliest symptoms a patient with dry eye may experience. Classically, the patient describes a sandy, gritty, foreign-body sensation, in one or both eyes, that often becomes more pronounced as the day progresses. Some patients may note a more severe "burning" sensation in the eye when exposed to particularly dry or irritating environments, such as dry heat, warm or smoke-filled rooms, and wind. Sensitivity to light may also be reported.


What It Is
Dry eye is a very complex condition that is caused by a multitude of conditions and the treatment must be customized to each patient.  The tear film is a complex liquid that has multiple components.  Each component must be present in the proper amount to allow for a proper tear film.  Many medical conditions and even some medications can cause a disturbance to the tear film and its components resulting in dry eye.

Treatment of dry eye

As mentioned before, dry eye treatment must be customized to the patient.  To obtain success in treatment, “cookbook” methods of treatment should be avoided.  Treatment is centered towards both replacing the tear volume allowing the eye surface to be properly “moisturized”, while also helping the patients eye to create the tear film components properly. Some treatments utilized alone or in combination include: artificial tear drops, prescription medications, dietary supplements, lid hygiene and punctal plugs


Why Choose CEI?

Coastal Eye Institute (formerly Manatee Sarasota Eye Clinic) is one of the area’s largest ophthalmology practices featuring a comprehensive team of fellowship-trained ophthalmologists in every subspecialty of eye care.From infancy to the golden years...we provide care for the total health of your eyes. Trust your eye care to our specialists!


Coastal Eye Institute has fellowship-trained ophthalmologists in every specialty of eye care:

  • ➢ Laser Cataract Surgery
  • ➢ Glaucoma
  • ➢ Macular Degeneration
  • ➢ Diabetic Retinopathy
  • ➢ Dry Eye Disease
  • ➢ LASIK Laser Vision Correction
  • ➢ Neuro-Ophthalmology
  • ➢ Pediatric Eye Care
  • ➢ Routine Eye Care
Schedule an Appointment

We are happy to work with your busy schedule! With nine physicians and four offices, we are confident we can find a time, day and location that is convenient for you. Call 941-748-1818 and let us help you on your way to seeing more clearly!


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