Dry Eyes Specialist
Dry eyes make it hard to focus on school or work. They’re uncomfortable and can make you sensitive to light. At Tayani Institute, with locations in San Clemente, Oceanside, Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills, Santa Ana, Brea, Irvine, Big Bear, and Needles, California, the expert team of optometrists can evaluate your dry eyes and treat them to alleviate your discomfort. To find out more about how you can treat your dry eyes, call your nearest location or book your appointment online today.
Dry Eyes Q & A
Why are my eyes dry?
Dry eyes is a very common condition characterized by lack of lubrication of the eyes. Its underlying cause is inadequate tear production, whether your tears are poor quality or low in quantity.
The stinging or burning caused by dry eyes can only be eliminated with more lubrication. There are several treatments available, but lifestyle changes can make a big difference, too.
What are the symptoms of dry eyes?
Dry eyes aren’t just dry, they’re uncomfortable, itchy, and often painful. Symptoms of dry eyes beyond general dryness include:
- Stinging or burning
- Mucus in or around your eyes
- Light sensitivity
- Difficulty seeing at night
- Blurry vision
- Eye strain
Counterintuitively, your dry eyes can cause your eyes to water excessively. This is your body’s response to the irritation, but it often does not solve the problem.
What are some common triggers for dry eyes?
Dry eyes are often the result of aging, but many factors can trigger your symptoms. Common triggers and causes of dry eyes are:
- Medical conditions (e.g. diabetes, thyroid disorders)
- Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD)
- Laser eye surgery
- A lack of blinking (during intense concentration)
Many patients with dry eyes cannot produce the tears that they need, but others’ tears are evaporated before the eyes are lubricated. Additionally, some patients produce plenty of tears, but are missing a key component that allows them to moisturize their eyes.
What are my treatment options for dry eyes?
In many cases, you don’t need treatment for your dry eyes beyond lifestyle changes like avoiding cigarette smoke or remembering to blink more. If your ophthalmologist at Tayani Institute decides that you need treatment for your dry eyes, it can include:
- Artificial tears
- Inflammation-reducing drugs
- Tear-stimulating drugs
- Eyelid therapy or massages
- Special contact lenses
iLUX® meibomian gland dysfunction treatment
A vast majority of patients who have dry eye disease suffer from blocked meibomian glands or poor quality meibum. The iLUX® handheld device can restore high quality oil production by targeting just the oil glands that aren’t working properly. In less than 15 minutes, this device can address the problem by safely heating the oil glands to the exact temperature needed to melt the oil and unblock the glands.
At the Tayani Institute, we know that dry eye disease manifests differently from patient to patient. That’s the beauty of the iLux®. With the iLux system, we can personalize a treatment plan to match the patient’s unique issues.
Depending on the causes and triggers of your dry eyes, your ophthalmologist works with you to create a personalized treatment plan.
To get the most out of your treatment, be sure to list any medications that you’re taking, conditions that you have, and major recent life changes.
Dry eyes often become much more than a small nuisance; they can affect your ability to see well and concentrate. For expert dry eye treatment and advice, call Tayani Institute or book your appointment online today.