Dry eyes are a common condition, affecting nearly 7% of adults. In addition to causing itchy, irritated eyes, dry eyes can cause inflammation, corneal abrasion, and vision problems. The optometrists at Valley Eye Professionals have helped many patients overcome dry eyes and achieve long-term relief. To get expert help for your eye problems, call the office in the Studio City area of Los Angeles or book an appointment online.
Your eyes are constantly covered by a film of tears that provides lubrication and nourishment. Dry eyes develop when your tears stop protecting your eyes due to:
Tears must contain the right amount of oil, water, and mucus to do their job properly. Changes in your tears are triggered by a variety of conditions and substances, such as:
Problems with the glands that produce oil and tears are the top causes of dry eyes. You can also develop dry eyes from inflammatory eye infections.
Dry eyes are a side effect of many different medications, including antihistamines and blood pressure medications.
Allergies, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and Sjogren’s syndrome are just a few health conditions that may cause dry eyes.
When you watch TV or spend time looking at a computer, smartphone, or other digital screen, you don’t blink as often as normal. Blinking is important because the movement spreads the tear film over your eyes. Reduced blinking leads to dry eyes.
You have a higher risk of developing dry eyes if you’re exposed to dry, dusty, or windy climates. Air blowing from an air conditioner or furnace can cause the same problem.
When you have dry eyes, you’ll experience discomfort in the form of:
Dry eyes may also have the opposite effect, making your eyes produce excessive tears as they try to relieve the irritation.
The optometrists at Valley Eye Professionals provide a variety of effective treatments for dry eyes. They customize your treatment based on the underlying cause and the severity of your symptoms.
Your treatment plan may include one or more of the following:
If you have dry, irritated eyes, call Valley Eye Professionals or book an appointment online.