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Dry Eye

In order to maintain eye health, your eyes must continually produce and drain tears. Tears keep the eyes lubricated, help heal wounds and protect against eye infection.

Having dry eye means your eyes will produce insufficient or poor quality tears, making it difficult or impossible to keep the eye surface lubricated and comfortable.

Tear Film Layers

Tear film is comprised of three layers, each with its own function.

  • Lipid: Outer, oily layer that keeps tears from evaporating too quickly
  • Aqueous: Middle layer that nourishes the cornea and conjunctiva
  • Mucin: Bottom layer that helps to keep the tears spread evenly over the eye

Symptoms of Dry Eye

  • Scratchy or sandy feeling
  • Feeling as if something is in the eye
  • Stinging
  • Burning
  • Excessive tears that run down your cheeks
  • Dry sensation
  • Stringy discharge
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Eyelid heaviness
  • Blurred vision
  • Vision loss (uncommon)

Reasons for Dry Eye

  • Aging and reduced tear production
  • Poor quality tears
  • Hormones - menopause/birth control pills
  • Dry air
  • Medications (antihistamines, nasal decongestants, tranquilizers, anti-depressant drugs)
  • Diseases (Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sjögren's syndrome)

Treatment for Dry Eye

  • Artificial tears
  • Sterile ointments
  • Humidifiers
  • Punctal plugs or cauterization to temporarily or permanently close the tear drains

If you are prone to dry eye, it is advisable to avoid going outdoors when it is especially windy or dry and always wear wrap-around sunglasses when outdoors.

If you are suffering from the symptoms of dry eye, contact us today to schedule an eye exam in one of our three convenient OCB locations in Boston, Waltham or Danvers, Massachusetts.

Appointments/Scheduling: 800-635-0489


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50 Staniford Street, Suite 600
Boston, MA 02114

Paid garage parking or street metered parking is available at out 50 Staniford St. location.

Parking is available at 50 Staniford St. in the Longfellow Place Garage. Other garage options include The Garden Garage (located on Lomasney Way) or the Charles River Plaza Deck parking lot, located on Cambridge Street. OCB Clinic: Enter the building and take the elevator to the 6th floor where you will see patient check-in. Boston Eye Surgery and Laser Center: Enter the building. Surgery Center is on 1st floor.


52 Second Avenue, Suite 2500
Waltham, MA 02451

Free parking is available in the 52 Second Ave. Parking Garage.

Upon entering the garage, drive under the blue sign that says "52 Second Ave: and bear right heading up the parking ramp to levels P1, P2, P3 or P4. Please note your parking location. Enter the building, take the elevators to the 2nd Floor and follow hallway signs to Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston. OCB Clinic is the 2nd door on right. Surgery Center is the first door on the right.

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All Locations: 800-635-0489

OCB North Shore - Danvers

104 Endicott Street, Suite 303 
Danvers, MA 01923

Located in the MGH North Shore Center for Outpatient Care. Our office is located on the third floor Suite 303.  

From the South/Boston area: Take I-93 North toward Tobin Bridge. Merge onto Route 1 North. Stay on Route 1 North for approximately 14 miles, then merge onto I-95 North/Route 128 North. Take Exit 24, Endicott Street. At the end of the ramp, go straight through the lights at the intersection into the parking lot.

From the North: Travel 95 South to Danvers. When I-95 and Route 128 split, merge onto Route 128 North. Take Exit 24, Endicott Street. Go straight through the lights at the intersection into the parking lot.