Dry eye syndrome is a common condition characterized by dry, gritty and burning eyes.
When our eyes don’t produce enough tears, or the tears evaporate too quickly due to poor tear quality or environmental factors, it can cause a great deal of discomfort and even harm our vision.
Suffer from dry eye syndrome? Contact South Coast Optometry in Costa Mesa today for lasting dry eye relief.
Dry Eye Syndrome Symptoms and Its Causes
While dry eye syndrome may not seem like a big deal, it can be painful. Left untreated, the symptoms can develop into much more serious eye problems.
People with dry eye syndrome may have some or all of the following symptoms:
- Watery eyes - the body's way of compensating for the lack of quality tears.
- Blurry vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Dry, sore and itchy eyes.
- Burning eyes
Causes of Dry Eye Syndrome
Several things can lead to dry eye syndrome, including:
- Certain medications, such as Isotretinoin (Accutane, Absorica) for acne and antihistamines for allergies.
- Autoimmune diseases, such as arthritis, diabetes, lupus and Sjogren's syndrome, as well as thyroid problems
- Laser eye surgery
- Eye allergies
- Reduced blinking while using digital devices
- Tear gland dysfunction
- Indoor heating, air conditioning, windy, dry air
If you’re experiencing any dry eye symptoms, contact your eye doctor at South Coast Optometry in Costa Mesa. Your optometrist will diagnose the cause of your symptoms and prescribe treatment to provide the relief you need.
Treatments for Dry Eye Syndrome
Your eye doctor may prescribe over-the-counter or prescription eye drops and/or eye gels that hydrate and reduce inflammation. if symptoms persist, your optometrist may recommend in-office treatments to unblock tear glands.
Don't Delay. Contact Your Eye Doctor Today!
Remember, the only way to know if you have dry eye syndrome is through a dry eye exam by your optometrist.
If you have dry eye syndrome, your eye doctor will decide what type of treatment will best alleviate your symptoms and keep your eyes hydrated and healthy. Don’t delay, contact South Coast Optometry in Costa Mesa today!
Our practice serves patients from Costa Mesa, Orange County, Newport Beach, and Irvine, California and surrounding communities.