Dry Eye Treatment in Monterey Park & Los Angeles
Natural tears lubricate the eye, providing a clear and smooth surface that protects the eyes. When there are insufficient tears present, your eyes are susceptible to scratches and infections. In addition, foreign matter such as dust cannot get washed away without tear flow, causing itchy and irritated eyes. In many cases, a lack of tears results in blurry and cloudy vision.
If dry eye is interfering with your everyday life, Los Angeles ophthalmologist Dr. Linda Vu can examine you to help find the best solution for your symptoms.
What Is Dry Eye Syndrome?
Dry eye is a medical condition in which your eyes do not produce enough tears, or tears evaporate too quickly. There are a number of causes of dry eye, including:
- Certain medications (e.g., antihistamines, beta-blockers, oral contraceptives)
- Hormonal changes
- Cosmetic eye surgery
- Certain health conditions (e.g., diabetes, arthritis, lupus)
- Sun overexposure
- LASIK eye surgery
In addition, environmental factors, like wind and air conditioning, can aggravate dry eye symptoms. Infrequent blinking as a result of spending a significant amount of time (two hours or more) in front of a computer or other digital device, can also worsen dry eye.
Common Symptoms of Dry Eye
Symptoms can come and go, depending on the cause. A person with dry eye may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Burning sensation
- Eye fatigue and soreness
- Red eyes
- Light sensitivity
- Blurred vision
Diagnosing Dry Eye
One way to determine whether your symptoms are signs of dry eye is by scheduling a dry eye vision exam with Linda Vision. During your consultation, our eye doctors will perform one or several tests to determine the root of the problem, the severity of the condition and the appropriate treatment.
Treating Dry Eye
There are a number of treatment options available for dry eyes. For mild symptoms, making environmental and lifestyle changes may be enough to cure or manage symptoms. For instance, if you spend multiple hours focusing your eyes on a computer screen or other digital device, blinking more often and taking breaks can keep eyes moist and comfy. Using a humidifier in your home or work can also help by slowing down the evaporation of tears. In addition, research shows omega-3 supplements and foods rich in omega-3 can help prevent dry eye or manage symptoms.
For mild symptoms, a simple solution may be using artificial tears to lubricate your eyes. However, for some patients, lubrication is not enough to relieve dry eye symptoms. If this is the case, our eye doctors will evaluate the condition and prescribe the necessary medications and treatments to help your eyes. Other treatment options can include punctal plugs to prevent tear drainage or intense pulsed light therapy to unblock the meibomian glands that have become clogged and prevent proper tear flow.