How does our site make you feel?
Great   Indifferent

Tips For Dealing With Dry Eyes During Allergy Season

You might find plenty to delight in as spring approaches — birds chirping, buds ready to burst, and tulips and daffodils emerging from their winter dormancy. One thing that accompanies spring that you probably don’t love is allergies and the dry eyes that come with them. 


When you suffer from dry eyes, you may not only experience discomfort, the condition can be painful, too. Dry eye can also up your risk for corneal abrasion and make you more prone to eye infections


The expert team at Beverly Hills Institute of Ophthalmology treats an array of common and unusual eye conditions with the most advanced tools, decades of combined experience, and abundant sensitivity. 


Rest assured that you receive highly individualized care from Dr. James Khodabakhsh, Dr. John Hofbauer, and Dr. Billy Pan, whether you’re living with dry eye syndrome or another condition.

What are the symptoms of dry eye syndrome?


Dry eye manifests because, as its name suggests, your eyes don’t produce enough tears to maintain a proper tear film — the three-layer coating that should be present in your eyes to keep them sufficiently lubricated. 


When you have dry eye syndrome, your eyes feel persistently dry, grainy, and painful. Your eyes may look red, and you can also experience blurry vision and sensitivity to light. 

How do I know my dry eye syndrome is allergy-related?


If we rule out that your dry eye is caused by certain conditions where your eyelids roll improperly, medication and contact lens use, and inflammation issues, allergies are the likely culprit. 


In addition to treatments we offer, you can start minimizing your allergy symptoms by doing such things as:



Whether you’re allergic to dust, pets, mold, or pollen, following these tips can make a marked difference in the severity of your allergy symptoms, and consequently, your dry eye.


Unfortunately, you may also need to stop taking antihistamines, because, while they may help your allergies, they cause dry eye syndrome. 

Successful dry eye syndrome treatments


In addition to things you can do at home, we offer a host of treatments if you suffer with allergy-induced dry eye syndrome.


If your symptoms are mild, we provide artificial tears that stand in for your own tears, as well as prescription eye drops that cause you to produce more natural tears. We may also suggest you take omega-3 fatty acid-rich dietary supplements, which also increase natural tear production.


Our next treatment option, if these don’t offer relief, is a simple surgery that blocks your tear ducts with semi-permanent or self-dissolving punctal plugs. These prevent tear drainage and improve the integrity of your tear film. 


Punctal plugs work for many, but not everyone. If this is the case for you, we offer thermal cautery, a procedure where we close your tear ducts permanently. 

Your eyes are in good hands

Come see us to talk about how to ease and eliminate your dry eye symptoms. Call either our Beverly Hills or Torrance office, or message us via our website..

You Might Also Enjoy...

4 Types of Glaucoma Surgery

Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness. Catching this condition and treating it early can help you stop glaucoma in its tracks. Learn about the four glaucoma surgery options that can help you preserve your vision.

Do You Have These Symptoms of Myopia?

Do you squint? Do you have trouble reading traffic signs? You may have myopia, or nearsightedness. Learn the symptoms of myopia, and how to treat this common vision problem so you can see clearly.

Omega 3 for Eye Health

Eating foods high in omega-3 fatty acids can help boost your eye health and reduce your risk for certain eye diseases and conditions. Learn how these types of fat can help, and what foods are high in omega 3s.

Know the Difference Between LASIK and PRK

Ready to ditch your glasses and try laser eye surgery? You’ve probably heard of LASIK, but there’s another corrective laser surgery option. Learn the differences between LASIK and the lesser-known PRK procedure.