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Dry Eyes

Beverly Hills Institute of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology located in Beverly Hills, CA & Torrance, CA

Dry eye is a frustrating and even painful condition that develops when you don’t produce sufficient quality tears. At Beverly Hills Institute of Ophthalmology in Beverly Hills and Torrance, California, the experienced ophthalmologists can resolve all your dry eye symptoms to restore your natural healthy tears as soon as possible. Book your appointment online or by phone today.

Dry Eyes Q & A

What is dry eye?

Dry eye is a condition that develops when you don’t have enough natural tears to make a healthy tear film. Your tear film coats your eye lenses to ensure clear vision.

If you develop dry eye, you may have not only a feeling of chronic eye dryness but also other symptoms such as:

  • Red eyes
  • Eye pain or discomfort
  • Light sensitivity
  • Blurry vision
  • Graininess in your eyes

When you suffer from dry eye but also frequently have short bouts of watery eyes, that’s actually another dry eye symptom. When your eyes water, the tears aren’t actually genuine tear film. Instead, they’re mainly a water-based reflex to the extreme dryness.

Why do I have dry eye?

There are a number of different reasons that you may develop dry eye. The most common reasons include:

  • Extended contact lens wear, especially if you wear contacts overnight
  • Allergies
  • Eyelid inflammation
  • Entropion, when eyelids roll inwards, touching your eyeball
  • Ectropion, when your eyelids sag outwards, gapping away from your eyeball

Certain medications may also cause dry eye. No matter why you have dry eye, your Beverly Hills Institute of Ophthalmology ophthalmologist can prescribe an effective treatment.

How is dry eye treated?

The treatment for dry eye depends on how severe your symptoms are. The more conservative dry eye treatments include artificial tears solutions to replace your natural tears or prescription eye drops that increase natural tear production. Dietary supplements, especially omega-3 fatty acids, may also help you make more natural tears.

Sometimes, conservative treatments don’t work for long-term dry eye relief. In that case, your Beverly Hills Institute of Ophthalmology surgeon can perform minor surgery to block your tear ducts. By blocking your tear ducts with punctal plugs, you'll retain a healthy tear film. Punctal plugs either dissolve over time or are semi-permanent.

If punctal plugs irritate your eyes or for any other reason will not work for you, your ophthalmologist at Beverly Hills Institute of Ophthalmology might recommend permanently closing your tear ducts with thermal cautery.

Use the online scheduling tool or call Beverly Hills Institute of Ophthalmology anytime to get effective dry eye help from an expert ophthalmologist.