Dry eyes

Expert care and treatment for dry eye syndrome

If you’re one of the millions of Americans with dry eye syndrome, you know the redness, irritation, blurriness, and gritty feeling it can cause. Whether your dry eyes are caused by a related disease, a hormone imbalance, or too much screen time, Duke corneal specialists can assess your condition and recommend the treatment plan that’s best for you.

Should you see a doctor for your dry eyes?

It’s important to get prompt diagnosis and treatment for your dry eyes. That’s because dry eyes can worsen over time. If the cause is chronically inflamed glands, it can lead to irreversible damage. 

Seek dry-eye care from an experienced ophthalmologist

Trust your vision and the health of your eyes to experts who have advanced training and experience in dry-eye care.

  • Duke’s corneal specialists are part of the Duke Eye Center, which is consistently ranked among the nation’s best by U.S News & World Report.
  • Our ophthalmologists travel the country to lecture and teach courses on dry eye procedures. Our extensive experience and knowledge means you receive care from some of the best corneal specialists in the country.
  • We use sophisticated imaging devices and non-invasive testing to evaluate the condition of your eyes and determine the best treatment for your individual needs.
  • Our eye specialists are among the few in the country with extensive training in the most advanced dry-eye treatments available: intense pulsed light therapy and the LipiFlow thermal pulsation system. These treatments moisten and lubricate your eyes.
  • Many treatments for dry eye can be done in the convenience and comfort of our offices. The procedures are quick and require very little down time, so you feel better faster.


Getting relief for dry eyes can involve trying different over-the-counter products, prescription medications, and more advanced approaches. Our doctors may recommend one or more of these treatments, depending on what works best for you:


A comprehensive dry eye evaluation will determine which type of dry eye you have -- evaporative dry eye or aqueous-deficient dry eye -- and help your doctor recommend the most appropriate treatment. Your evaluation may include one or more of these tests:

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