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Dry Eye FAQ

Dry eye syndrome is a common condition. It occurs when your eyes don't produce enough tears. It can also occur if the tears that you produce are of poor quality. Not only can it cause discomfort, but it can also have an effect on your vision. Fortunately, there are treatment methods available at Spectrum Eye Physicians in Cupertino, San Jose, Santa Cruz, Los Gatos, and San Jose, CA.

Q: What Causes Dry Eye?

A: There are a few causes of dry eye syndrome.

  • Aging: As you get older, your eyes won't produce as many tears. This can result in dry eye syndrome.
  • Medication: There are a few medications that can cause you to produce fewer tears. These include drugs for high blood pressure, hormone replacement medications, and medication for acne. Birth control pills, antihistamines, decongestants, and medication for Parkinson's syndrome can also cause dry eye.
  • If you suffered from inflammation of the tear ducts, it could reduce the number of tears that you produce.
  • Radiation therapy can damage your tear ducts, resulting in dry eye.
  • A side effect of laser eye surgery is dry eye.

Q: What Are the Symptoms Of Dry Eye?

A: The symptoms of dry eye often affect both eyes. They include:

  • Burning or stinging sensation
  • Feeling as though there is something in your eye
  • Watery eyes
  • Stringy mucus in your eyes
  • Blurry vision
  • Eye fatigue
  • Redness of the eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Difficulty seeing at night

Q: How Is Dry Eye Diagnosed?

A: Dry eye can be diagnosed during an eye exam. Your optometrist would discuss your symptoms with you and examine your eyes. Your eye doctor may also perform a Schirmer test. This test involves putting blotting strips of paper under your lower eyelid. After five minutes, your doctor would measure the number of tears that you produced.

Q: How Is Dry Eye Treated?

A: There are a few treatments for dry eye. The one that your eye doctor chooses would depend on the severity of your condition.

  • Artificial tears: Artificial tears are the most common treatment for this condition. When your eyes start to feel dry, you will put a couple of drops in each eye.
  • Tear stimulating medication: Your eye doctor may recommend eye drops that help you produce more of your own tears.
  • Punctal plugs: Punctal plugs are small devices that are inserted into the tear duct to block drainage.
  • Scleral lenses: Scleral lenses can protect the surface of your eye and trap the moisture

Schedule an Appointment Today!

If you are suffering from the symptoms of dry eye, you should contact Spectrum Eye Physicians. We treat patients in San Jose, Cupertino, Los Gatos, and Santa Cruz. Our doctors of optometry can create the best treatment plan to treat your condition.  We can also complete your annual eye exam which is essential for the health of your eyes. You can call us at 408-884-2215 to schedule an appointment with us today!

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