Dry Eyes Specialist

Diamond Vision Optometry

Optometry located in Pasadena, CA

If you have dry eyes, you’re probably sick and tired of the itchiness, burning, and maybe even vision issues it causes. The skilled and experienced team at Diamond Vision Optometry in Pasadena, California, offers customized dry eye syndrome treatment that will give you relief now and for the long term. Call the office or use online booking to schedule an appointment today.

Dry Eyes Q & A

Diamond Vision Optometry

What is dry eye syndrome?

Dry eye syndrome is a condition that occurs when you don't have enough natural tear film to protect your eyes. Your tear film works to give you clear and unclouded vision, and with a lack of proper tear film, you're likely to experience symptoms that go well beyond having dry eyes.

What are the symptoms of dry eye syndrome?

The symptoms of dry eye syndrome can include not only dry eyes, but also:

  • Blurry vision
  • Red or bloodshot eyes
  • Eye pain
  • Burning eyes
  • Light sensitivity
  • Watery eyes

It may seem odd that dry eye syndrome can actually cause watery eyes, but there's a simple explanation for this. While you may have watery eyes with dry eye syndrome, the moisture isn't actually a normal tear film, but rather a reflex brought on by the dryness.

What causes dry eye syndrome?

Several things may make you more vulnerable to developing dry eye syndrome, including:

  • Wearing contact lenses as your exclusive means of vision correction
  • Wearing contacts overnight (not recommended for anyone)
  • Having eye allergies
  • Inverted eyelid (entropion) or outward-turning eyelid (ectropion)

If any of these apply to you and you start to notice symptoms of dry eye syndrome, talk to your eye doctor at Diamond Vision Optometry about it as soon as possible.

What is the treatment for dry eye syndrome?

The treatment for dry eye syndrome depends on its cause and what kind of symptoms you're dealing with. Some of the possible treatments may include:

Prescription eye drops

Prescription eye drops can add a new artificial tear film to your eyes.

Prescription oral medication

Prescription medications like immunosuppressants can reduce your body's immune response to allergens are often effective in relieving symptoms.

Tear duct plugs

Tear duct plugs prevent you from draining your tear film and thus help alleviate symptoms.

Surgery

A minor surgery called punctal occlusion can close your tear ducts permanently, which stops drainage of your tear film.

The team at Diamond Vision Optometry works with you to determine which treatment is best for you.

Dry eye syndrome relief is within your reach, so don't hesitate to ask for help. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.