Dry Eyes Specialist

Optom-Eyes Vision Care Optometry

Optometrists located in San Diego, CA & El Centro, CA

Dryness and irritation in the eyes can make reading a book or working at a computer painful and unpleasant. At Optom-Eyes Vision Care Optometry in El Centro and San Diego, California, an expert team of optometrists helps patients manage their dry eye symptoms through comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services. Schedule a consultation online or by phone to learn more about how you can avoid living with dry eyes.

Dry Eyes Q & A

What is dry eye syndrome?

Dry eye syndrome occurs when your eyes don’t produce enough tears or the tears your eyes do produce dissolve too quickly. When that happens, your eyes don’t receive enough lubrication and your eyes become dry.

People struggling with dry eye syndrome have a hard time performing regular activities that require visual concentration, such as reading, writing, or using the computer. Their eyes might also be more sensitive in dry environments, especially if they are in them for extended periods.

Dry eye syndrome progresses over time. Proper care and treatment are necessary to avoid long-term consequences, such as permanent corneal damage or vision loss.

What causes dry eye?

More often than not, age is a common cause for dry eyes. The older you get, the slower your tear production and the dryer your eyes become. Women going through menopause are also more susceptible to dry eyes, as hormonal changes can affect tear production.

Other known causes of dry eye include:

  • Medications
  • Autoimmune disorders, like lupus
  • Seasonal allergies
  • Laser eye surgery
  • Hormone therapies
  • Prolonged computer screen time
  • Rosacea (a skin condition in which blood vessels pop in the face)

What are the symptoms of dry eye syndrome?

The most common symptoms of dry eye syndrome include the following:

  • Burning sensation in the eyes
  • Itchy eyes
  • Aching eyes
  • Heavy or fatigued eyes
  • Sore eyes
  • Eye redness
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Blurred vision
  • Eye inflammation

While these are the most common symptoms, there are others that can be indicative of dry eye syndrome, like foreign body sensation. This involves feeling that something is in your eye, when, in fact, the dryness makes you more aware of your eyelid.

Another common, but contradictory, symptom is watery eyes. Because dryness is not a natural state for your eyes, they may overproduce the watery component of tears as a protective mechanism. However, these tears dissolve too quickly to actually make a difference.

How do you treat dry eyes?

An optometrist at Optom-Eyes Vision Care Optometry might recommend any of the following treatment options:

  • Prescription eye drops
  • Prokera®, a therapeutic device used to repair surface eye damage
  • LipiFlow®, a device that delivers heat to release tears from the eye glands
  • Intense pulsed light (IPL), pulses of light that liquefy and release hardened oils in the eyelids

Don’t suffer from dry eyes one more day. If you think you’re suffering from dry eye syndrome, book a consultation online or by calling the office.