Dry Eye Diagnosis and Treatment with Spectrum Eye Physicians
Several factors can contribute to dry eyes such as working or living in windy, arid, and hot environments, prescription medications, age, and heredity. Some of the latest advances in optometry, however, have allowed us to recognize and treat what causes dry eye in most cases, a condition called meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). Small meibomian glands cover the underside of the eyelids. When functioning normally, these glands produce a thin layer of oil which rests on top of your watery tears, preventing them from evaporating. When these glands become blocked or damaged, they cannot produce enough oil to cover your eyes, which results in the rapid evaporation of tears and the symptoms experienced with chronic dry eye.
Recognize Dry Eye Symptoms and Signs
Chronic dry eyes will not only affect your eyesight over time, but they can become extremely irritable, hindering your daily activities. If you have dry eye, you might experience signs and symptoms including:
- sensitivity to light
- a sandy feeling in the eye
- scratchy or itchy
- stinging, burning sensation
- producing too many tears
- difficulty wearing contact lenses
If you begin experiencing any of these signs or symptoms, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with one of our eye doctors to begin determining the cause of your eye dry and the best course of treatment.
Treatments We Offer
A wide range of treatments, medications, procedures, and modifications are available to treat dry eye and reduce its symptoms. Our eye doctors will first perform a comprehensive eye exam and discuss your symptoms, work environment, and home environment to pinpoint the exact cause of your dry eyes to determine whether the condition is environment-induced or possibly related to MGD. Depending on the determined cause of your dry eyes, our eye doctors will recommend and discuss with you the administration of any combination of treatments deemed necessary to improve your condition. Our list of dry eye treatments includes:
- Medications: medicated eye drops (Restasis, antibiotic, and/or steroidal) and oral antibiotics
- In-Office Treatment: Amniotic membrane therapy, punctal occlusion, scleral lens therapy, therapeutic scleral lens prosthetic devices, and lateral tarsorrhaphy
- At-Home Treatment: artificial tears, dietary supplements, ointments, eyelid scrubs, warm compresses, humidifiers, modifications to environment, and air filters
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.
Contact Spectrum Eye Physicians Today!
Schedule your appointment online or call us at 408-884-2215. No matter which of our locations you visit, you will receive the latest in eye care technology from friendly eye doctors and staff committed to serving you.Request Appointment