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Dry Eye Treatment in Beverly Hills
Dry Eye is a disease of the eye and a complex one to properly diagnose. A battery of tests aids in diagnosis and clinical findings. Comprehensive dry eye-oriented history, detailed slit-lamp evaluation that includes careful observation of the lids and meibomian glands, vital staining, and tear film observation allow for detection.
Questions for you
Do your eyes ever feel dry or uncomfortable?
Are you bothered by changes in your vision throughout the day?
Do your eyes look red or irritated?
Do you use or feel the need to use drops?
Do you experience itchiness, grittiness or burning?
Do you wake up with eye irritation or matted eyes?
Do you have difficulty wearing contact lenses?
Are your contacts “ready” to come out at night, or do you have to remember to take them out?
Is your vision blurry at the end of the day or after prolonged periods of near work?
Do you notice your eyes become easily irritated, especially in smoky or windy environments?
If your answer is yes to any of these questions, you may have a condition called Dry Eye Syndrome or Dry Eye Disease. Dry Eye symptoms cause discomfort and negatively impact the quality of life. Other symptoms include heavy lids, tired eyes, and sensitivity to bright light. Dry eyes feel tired and look red much of the time. Dry Eye Syndrome occurs because tear glands do not produce enough tears to lubricate the cornea or because the composition of the tears has changed, making the tear film unstable, which causes the tears to evaporate too quickly. Tears maintain the health of the surface of the eye, allowing for clear vision. This disease is progressive and chronic; it can occur at any age, and for many, it progresses without symptoms. However, older people produce fewer tears, making older adults more prone to dry eyes.
Can I Still Have Dry Eye Syndrome if My Eyes Water?
Yes. Occasionally eyes may be so irritated by dryness that the glands in the eyelids produce more tears to compensate, causing the eyes to water. Symptoms persist because of poor quality tears.
Factors That Contribute to Dry Eye Syndrome:
- Air-conditioned, windy or dry environment
- Activities that make the eyes blink less often, such as reading, driving, working at a computer or watching television
- Exposure to fumes, dust and debris, such as smoke or sawdust
- Extended computer use
- Contact lenses (certain materials may cause more dryness)
- Hormonal changes or menopause
- Insomnia or sleep deprivation
- Sleeping with eyes partially open
- Long term medical conditions including Sjogren’s Syndrome
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Thyroid abnormality
- Bell’s Palsy
- Vitamin A deficiency
- Refractive eye surgery
Medications That Contribute to Dry Eye Syndrome:
- Antihistamine eye drops
- Eye drops with preservatives
- Sleeping pills
- Pain killers
- Oral contraceptives
- High blood pressure medication
- Duodenal ulcer medication
- Digestive medication
- Acne medication
Treatment restores or maintains the normal quantity and quality of tears, minimizing dryness and discomfort and preserving eye health.Treatment is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Treatment includes, but is not limited to, appropriate ocular surface lubricants, proper nutrition and dietary supplements, topical and/or oral anti-inflammatory therapies, warm compresses, and BlephEx. Dry Eye impacts a majority of our patients’ lives; treating only symptoms does not address the root cause. At Dr. Newman Optometry every patient who has dry eye, seasonal allergy, or ocular itchiness follows a protocol to treat the cause as well as the symptoms. At Dr. Newman Optometry, preventative and proactive care are as important as treatment. Every patient, including children, is screened. We begin educating you early, stay proactive in your care, and rely on the newest scientific treatments. We think of Dry Eye in terms of vision. Vision begins with the tear film. When the light comes into the eye, it hits the tear film first. If the tear film is not optimal, you will be unable to appreciate the good vision that normal tear production permits.