Dry Eye Treatment From Century Eye Care
Healthy eyes are bathed and cleansed by a tear film every time we blink. Tears lubricate the cornea – the transparent front of your eye covering the iris and pupil. Your ophthalmologist in Gardena, CA, Dr. Aghai and his capable staff here at Century Eye Care understand the impact dry eyes have on your daily life.
What is Dry Eye?
Dry eye syndrome (DES)- also called Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS)- usually occurs for one of two reasons- either the quality of the tears you produce is insufficient to keep the corneas bathed, moist and healthy, or your body simply no longer produces enough tears to get the job done. The dry, gritty tired feeling in your eyes keeps worsening until it affects all aspects of your life, from sports to casual reading and work performance.
Who Can Develop Dry Eye and What are the Symptoms?
Any member of your family can be at risk for dry eye, especially if they spend time in dry environments or staring at computer screens (we blink one-third less often when working on a computer screen) In addition, risk factors include:
- Age: tear production naturally decreases as we age
- Heredity: Dry eye may run in families
- Work habits: Overhead fans, prolonged computer work
- Environment: Dry, windy or smoky conditions
- Medications: Anti-depressants, blood pressure meds, and antihistamine can contribute
- Disease: Diabetes, Thyroid disease, and rheumatoid arthritis contribute to eye disorders
- The most common symptoms of dry eye are a gritty sensation and scratchiness. We rub our eyes for comfort and this makes the eyes even more irritated. Other Symptoms include:
- Tired eyes
- Watery or even blurred eyes
- Eye redness
- Sensitivity to light
How Is Dry Eye Diagnosed?
Your ophthalmologist performs a comprehensive eye examination which includes discussing your overall health, the symptoms and risk factors you may have and any pertinent family history. Once the extent of your dry eye has been determined, your physician will develop a treatment plan tailored specifically to your needs.
How Is Dry Eye Treated?
- Dry eye treatment depends on the underlying reason for your dry eye and may include:
- Preservative-free eye drops to soothe the eye and add tears
- Eye drops that actually increase tear production
- Antibiotics to treat eye infection due to the dry eye
- Tear duct plugs to block the rapid drainage of your tear film
Call Century Eye Care Today!
Don't ‘just live with’ the pain, frustration, and discomfort of dry eye. Here at Century Eye Care, the vision health of your entire family is our only business. If you or a loved one may be suffering from dry eye, call our Gardena, CA office today at 310-767-7814.