Dry Eyes

Opulent Eyes Optometry

Optometry located in Studio City, CA

Dry eyes can not only be irritating, but they can also be dangerous. Your eyes were designed to be well lubricated, and when they’re not, they’re susceptible to inflammation, infection, corneal ulcers, and vision problems. Jeff Taranto, OD, at Opulent Eyes Optometry in Studio City, California, provides a wide range of cutting-edge solutions to dry eye problems. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today and bring your eyes back to optimal health.

Dry Eyes Q & A

How do tears work?

Tears keep the surface of your eyes moist and help to wash away dust, debris, and microorganisms that could lead to corneal damage and eye infections. In order to keep the surface of your eyes properly lubricated, tears have three essential components, each of which are produced by different glands:

  • Oils: produced by the meibomian glands in your eyelids
  • Water: produced by the lacrimal glands behind the outer edges of your upper eyelids
  • Mucus: procured by goblet cells in the conjunctiva over the whites of your eye

Your eyes need all three of these components to work together in order to stay healthy and lubricated.

What causes dry eyes?

Dry eyes are caused by a deficiency in any of the glands that produce the tear components.

A deficiency in the meibomian glands leaves your tears without enough oils, which causes tears to evaporate too quickly, a condition known as evaporative dry eye. In other cases, dry eye happens when the lacrimal glands don’t produce enough of the watery fluid in tears to keep the surface of the eye properly hydrated, a condition called aqueous deficiency dry eye.

The specific cause of your dry eye determines what kind of treatment Dr. Taranto recommends for you.

What are the symptoms of dry eyes?

Obviously, the most common symptom is the namesake dry eyes. But sometimes, dry eye syndrome can also result in watery eyes, as counterintuitive as that may sound. This is a protective mechanism that your tear glands enact as a consequence of being overstimulated by the dryness of your eyes. Unfortunately, these watery tears are lacking in the oily and mucous-like components of tears that are essential in lubricating your eyes.

How do I fix my dry eyes?

The expert team at Opulent Eyes Optometry have a number of different convenient treatment options for dry eyes, such as:

Medicated eye drops

This can include antibiotics, corticosteroids, or cyclosporine drops. These reduce inflammation in your eyes that could be preventing your oil glands from secreting oil into your tears.

LipiFlowⓇ

This medical device is placed over the eye to deliver a warm and gentle massage to unclog the glands on your eyelids.

Punctal plugs

These are essentially like little corks that prevent your tears from draining from your eye. They can be either dissolvable or removable

Call or book an appointment online today with the eye care professionals at Opulent Eyes Optometry and find relief from your dry eyes.