Dry Eyes

Crossroads Optometry

Optometry located in Torrance, CA

As many as 49 million Americans deal with dry eyes, and recent studies reveal a direct correlation between severe dry eyes and poor productivity. At Crossroads Optometry in Torrance, California, skilled optometrist Frank Scolinos, OD, and the team provide the latest in effective dry eyes treatment. You don’t have to live with the nuisance of dry eyes any longer, so call the office or use the online booking tool to get help now.

Dry Eyes Q & A

What is dry eye syndrome?

Dry eyes, or dry eye syndrome, is an ocular surface condition that causes eye irritation. It’s one of the most common eye issues affecting Americans, but it’s often ignored. 

Dry eyes can cause lingering eye damage like corneal abrasions, corneal ulcers, and vision loss if untreated. It’s important to know the symptoms and to reach out to Crossroads Optometry for help if you suspect you have this condition. 

What are the symptoms of dry eyes?

In addition to causing your eyes to feel dry, this condition also leads to other issues, including:

  • Red eyes
  • Eyes that feel gritty
  • Stinging or burning sensations
  • Light sensitivity
  • Stringy mucus eye discharge
  • Blurry vision
  • Eyelid inflammation
  • Corneal inflammation

Sometimes your eyes respond to the extended periods of dryness with a flood of water. But watery eyes are just that, water that lacks any lubrication.

What causes dry eyes?

There are two main reasons for dry eyes. 

Not enough tears

Your eyes need a tear layer, a thin film that covers your eyes, to stay moisturized and healthy. In many cases of dry eyes, you simply don’t produce enough tears.

Imbalanced tears

Healthy tears have a delicate balance of oil, mucus, and water; if you have too little of any of those substances, you can develop dry eyes.

Whether you have too few tears or your tear ratio isn’t right, the end result is usually the same: Your tears evaporate too fast and you’re left with irritated dry eyes. 

Some factors that may lead to dry eyes include being female, over age 65, having diabetes, and living in a dry area. Some people may develop temporary dry eyes after LASIK surgery. 

How does dry eyes treatment work?

Crossroads Optometry offers a wide range of personalized treatments for dry eyes. Prescription eye drops can supplement your natural tears or increase your tear production. Tiny dissolvable eyelid inserts are another option for moderate to severe dry eyes.

In some cases, you might need tear conservation, which usually involves punctal plugs that prevent tear drainage. Other treatment options include eyelid massage, ointments, and eyelid compresses. 

Get help for dry eye syndrome by calling Crossroads Optometry or using the online booking tool today.

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