Greenlawn Eye Care
Greenlawn is a hamlet and census-designated place located in Suffolk County, Long Island, New York. In 1653, a group of settlers purchased a large tract of land from the Matinecock Indians, the part that later became Greenlawn was included as back-pasture lands. The former and merged names of Greenlawn include Old Fields or Oldfields. In 1800s, the name was changed and became better known as Greenlawn. The arrival of the Long Island Rail Road brought construction of pickle as well as, to a lesser degree, potato and cabbage farms in the 19th century. In fact, a freed slave named Samuel Ballton settled here after the Civil War and became known as the "Pickle King" for growing 1.5 million cucumbers in a single season. The development of the LIRR also included an opera house which was built in 1908. Today, Greenlawn is considered one of the safest neighborhoods here in New York.
Every October, the neighborhood and its historical association celebrate the community's past with a Pickle Festival at the library. The local Civic Association is a big factor to improve the business district along Broadway, the main street through town. Their activities include a regular clean-up days and a tree-trimming party with Santa Claus and a brass ensemble for 150 youngsters in Smith Street and Broadway. Members of the Greenlawn Fire Department hold an annual Greenlawn Firemans Fair on Labor day weekend. It is known as the oldest and largest in New York state. The Greenlawn Memorial Park is the famous park in town that has complete recreational facilities such as basketball court, skating rink, a standard baseball diamond, three 60-foot diamonds, two small-fry fields, and many more. Notable members of the community include singer Mariah Carey who grew up in Greenlawn and attended Harborfields High School.
North Shore Eye Care serves the residents of Greenlawn with a variety of concerns including dry eye syndrome. Dry eye syndrome is a very common complaint amongst the middle aged and elderly. It has different causes and not surprisingly there are many different ways to treat this disturbing problem. The symptoms of dry eye can vary from individual to individual. For instance it may present as blurred vision that clears on blinking. Other times patients complain of burning or a gritty sensation. Sometimes the oily (meibomian) glands of the lid are the problem and sometimes it"s due to an aqueous deficiency. But the common denominator for these problems is often thought to be inflammation. Commonly artificial tears are the first line treatment for this problem. When they fail other treatments modalities can be employed such as punctum plugs that prevent tear loss and methyl cellulose tablets known as lacricerts. Prescription medications that help reduce inflammation are also available. Currently two such medications are available, but at least six others are now awaiting FDA approval. Another way to reduce inflammation of the eye without using drops is by using light from a solid state light known as intense pulsed light therapy.
As stated above dry eye syndrome has many causes and presents in many different ways. We at North Shore Eye Care know how troubling these problems are for our patients and have a keen interest in its diagnosis and treatment. Those of you with chronically irritated eyes should consider coming to our modern facility where you will find are caring and knowledgeable staff and physicians most helpful in treating your problem.