Don’t Let Dry Eyes Hold You Back
Why let dry eyes spoil life’s most beautiful moments? Instead, let San Clemente Optometry diagnose the issue and provide you with options for meaningful relief.
What Makes My Eyes Dry?
Everyone’s eyes can feel dry sometimes. But when your tears can’t properly moisten your eyes, you can end up with chronic dry eye syndrome. In most cases, your eyes either can’t produce enough tears to lubricate your eyes, or they make inadequate quality tears that don’t do a good job.
Dry Eye Risk Factors
Your risk for developing dry eyes goes up if you:
- Are older than 50.
- Undergo hormonal changes from pregnancy, menopause, postmenopausal estrogen treatments, or an androgen insufficiency.
- Take antihistamines.
- Have certain vascular diseases.
- Have had corneal surgery.
- Have hepatitis C.
- Have been exposed to radiation.
- Are Vitamin A deficient.
- Are receiving stem cell therapy.
- Are using certain medications (including some SSRIs and antidepressants).
What Can You Do About Dry Eyes?
San Clemente Optometry has many ways to help you get relief for dry eyes. We might recommend:
- Artificial Tears: Lubricating eye drops that help moisturize the surface of your eyes and can reduce many dry eye symptoms.
- Cequa RX Drops: Cequa, or cyclosporine, is a prescription eyedrop used to increase tear production and relieve symptoms of dry eyes.
- Oasis Tears Plus Lubricating Drops: Oasis Tears Plus Lubricating Drops help lubricate your eyes to help lessen the associated discomfort of dry eye disease.
- BlephEx: BlephEx is an eyelid cleaning procedure we can perform in-office to help you maintain clean and healthy lids.
- iLUX: iLux is an in-office treament for dry, gritty eyes that uses an LED-based heat source to help melt and drain hardened meibum trapped inside the maibomian glands.
- Punctal Plugs: Small plugs inserted into your tear ducts can help prevent your tears from draining too quickly. Punctal plugs may improve the effectiveness of topical dry eye treatments when used together.
- Heat Masks: Wearable devices that reduce inflammation from dry eyes using compression and gentle heat.
- Scleral Lenses: Specially-designed lenses that leave space above the cornea for hydrating fluid to fill. Scleral lenses are often helpful for people whose dry eyes prevent them from wearing certain types of contacts.
- HydroEye Softgels: HydroEye softgels are a vitamin you can take to help support healthy tear production. They contain antioxidants and nutrients to help relieve symptoms of dry eyes.
- Eyelid-Cleansing Wipes: Disposable cloth wipes that support the use of other dry eye therapies.