If your eyes are always itchy, watery, or crusty, you may have dry eyes, a condition that interferes with the quality and quantity of your tears. At Advanced Eyecare of Orange County, board-certified ophthalmologist Kim Doan, MD, and her team diagnose dry eyes and offer customized treatments to restore your eye health. Call Advanced Eyecare of Orange County’s office in Huntington Beach and Newport Beach, California, or schedule an exam online today to find out if your symptoms are due to dry eyes.
Your eyes need tears to keep them clean, moisturized, and comfortable. However, if you don’t produce enough tears or have poor-quality tears, you may develop dry eyes.
Your tears have three layers that all play a critical role in protecting your eyes: oil, water, and mucus.
The watery middle layer of tears is the largest component of your tears. This part washes away debris and cleans your eye. The outside oily layer keeps your tears smooth and prevents them from drying up too quickly. The inside mucus layer helps your tears spread over your eyes and keeps them moist.
If you have dry eyes, you may experience symptoms, including:
While it might sound like the opposite, dry eyes can also cause excessive tearing as your tear glands try to make up for deficiencies in the quality of your tears.
If you have dry eye symptoms, talk to your doctor at Advanced Eyecare of Orange County during your annual eye exam. Your ophthalmologist checks your eyes for signs of dry eye as well as issues with your eyelids or the surface of your eyes.
They may ask you to blink so they can monitor how you blink as well as how a blink spreads tears over your eyes. Your ophthalmologist can also test the quality of your tears and how quickly you can produce them.
Depending on the cause of your dry eye symptoms, the team at Advanced Eyecare of Orange County offers personalized treatments to relieve your symptoms and help your tear glands produce sufficient amounts of high-quality tears.
For example, if you have mild symptoms, you may find relief from using over-the-counter artificial tears. However, if your dry eye symptoms are more severe, your ophthalmologist may prescribe Restasis® eye drops, which can increase your eyes’ ability to produce tears. Xiidra® is another type of prescription eye drop that can relieve the symptoms of moderate-to-severe dry eyes.
If your condition has damaged the surface of your eyes or is causing inflammation, your ophthalmologist may prescribe Prokera® treatment. Prokera is a thin, transparent membrane that you wear like a contact lens. However, instead of correcting your vision, Prokera promotes healing on the surface of your eye and relieves many of the uncomfortable symptoms of dry eyes.
Call Advanced Eyecare of Orange County or make an appointment online today for expert diagnosis and treatment for dry eyes.