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.
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:
Your eyes need all three of these components to work together in order to stay healthy and lubricated.
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.
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.
The expert team at Opulent Eyes Optometry have a number of different convenient treatment options for dry eyes, such as:
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.
This medical device is placed over the eye to deliver a warm and gentle massage to unclog the glands on your eyelids.
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.