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What is dry eye syndrome?

Here at our Carlsbad, CA office, we make sure that our patients not only receive first-class care, but also understand their diagnosis and every step of the treatment process. Dry eye syndrome is a very common condition that can impact the comfort and functionality of the eyes. It occurs when the eyes are not able to generate adequate tears to properly lubricate the eyes, leading to inflammation and potential damage to the eye's surface. 

This may be a result of the eye producing an insufficient amount of or poor-quality tears that do not provide adequate lubrication for comfort or proper functioning. With proper diagnosis, this common condition can usually be treated with over-the-counter or prescription medications and eye surgery, which is only necessary in extreme cases.

Dry eye symptoms

Patients with dry eye may experience a variety of symptoms. Most commonly, patients experience a stinging or burning sensation in the eyes, mucus in or around the eyes, redness of the eyes, sensitivity to lights, watery eyes, blurred vision, or eye fatigue. Symptoms may flare up in situations where the eyes experience extra strain, like looking at a screen, riding a bike, or sitting in an air-conditioned room.
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It is important to recognize these changes in order to keep your eyes healthy. While you may at first only consider these impacts a nuisance, dry eye syndrome can sometimes lead to damage of the eye’s surface and may begin to impact day-to-day vision quality.

What causes dry eyes?

When dry eye occurs, it is usually due to one of two malfunctions of the tear film: decreased production or low-quality composition. Thankfully, both causes are usually easily managed with dry eye treatments.

Decreased production of tears

There are many different factors that can contribute to a decrease in tear production. Aging, certain medications (antihistamines, decongestants, antidepressants, etc.), and corneal nerve sensitivity caused by contact lenses can all impact tear production.

Low-quality tears

Dry eyes are caused by a malfunction of the tear film that keeps the eyes healthy and lubricated. This film is composed of fatty oils, aqueous fluid, and mucus. Issues or imbalances with any of these layers can contribute to dry eye disease and are often caused by medical issues, like hormone changes, autoimmune diseases, inflamed eyelid glands, or allergies.
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It is important to recognize these changes in order to keep your eyes healthy. While you may at first only consider these impacts a nuisance, dry eye syndrome can sometimes lead to damage of the eye’s surface and may begin to impact day-to-day vision quality.

How dry eye impacts vision

Not only can dry eyes cause discomfort, but the condition can also impact the visual performance of the eyes. Proper lubrication of the eyes is an important factor in ensuring that your vision is as clear and effortless as possible. When the adequate tears are not being produced, the eyes may become more sensitive to light, become tired easily, and vision may become blurry. If you are experiencing these changes in your vision, come in for a comprehensive eye exam. Our doctors can determine if dry eye syndrome is the cause and begin treatments.

At-Home Treatments

If you begin to notice symptoms of dry eyes, there are ways to attempt to manage discomfort before you come in for any exams. The most common treatment for dry eyes is over-the-counter artificial tears. These eye drops help provide lubrication so that the eyes can remain comfortable and function properly.
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When to come in for a visit

If you notice that your symptoms are persistent or are getting worse, come in for a comprehensive eye exam at either our Carlsbad, CA office or our Encinitas location. If our doctors suspect dry eye syndrome, they will test the quality and production of tears and ensure that no lasting damage has been caused from the condition before they begin treatment

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For patients with dry eye syndrome, keeping your eyes comfortable and your vision sharp can be a daily struggle. Thankfully, there are numerous products that can help ease that process for healthy, precise vision. In our online shop, we have selected the most effective products for managing dry eye syndrome so that our patients can experience effortless vision with ease. From artificial tears to eye masks and more, you can now find all the products you need to manage your dry eyes right on our website.
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Here are some of our top products for dry eye:

  • Artificial tears: For patients with dry eyes, having artificial tears on hand can really be a life saver! Just a few drops can help lubricate the eyes to decrease irritation.
  • Dry eye masks: Heated eye masks are relaxing, gentle on the eyes, and help encourage increased hydration and oil production to reduce inflammation.
  • Dry eye vitamins: Omega-3 vitamins help to combat the inflammation that causes the dryness and irritation associated with dry eye syndrome.
  • Eyelid wipes: Makeup, debris, and bacteria on the eyelids can worsen irritation from dry eyes. Eyelid wipes help keep the eyes clean and healthy.

Treating dry eyes at our Carlsbad, CA office

Here at our Carlsbad, CA office, our staff is prepared to answer any questions you may have about dry eye or changes in your sight. During a comprehensive exam with Dr. Morgan or Dr. Raja, they will check for any signs of the condition and help you create a plan for further treatment and eye care services. Dr. Nicholson is highly experienced in the treatment of dry eye and is passionate about developing individualized treatment that addresses both its symptoms and causes, and that fit with a patient’s life.

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Dry eye FAQ

When should I come in for an appointment to discuss my symptoms and begin treatment?
To keep up with your overall eye health, it is important to come in for a visit annually. However, if you notice any changes in your vision or begin to experience discomfort, schedule an appointment as soon as you can so we can make sure everything is working properly and administer proper eye care services.
If artificial tears are working for me, do I still need to come in for an exam?
If over-the-counter drops are doing the job, continue use but make sure to let us know at your next appointment! That way, we can check for any further issues while accounting for the difference made by the eye drops and discuss a new plan for your contact lenses if necessary.
Aside from symptoms, what else can dry eyes lead to?
If ignored, dry eye can lead to increased risk of eye infection and potential damage to the surface of the eyes.

Helpful Reviews

  • “Dr. Morgan was extremely kind, patient, sweet, and really helped out with the issues I have with my eyes. My visit was so fast and efficient. I used to be afraid of getting eye drops in my eyes, but he gave me tips to do it a lot easier. I also interacted with Dr. Raja who was equally charming and welcoming. She was beyond patient with me and gave me great advice as I took my time to select my brand-new glasses! I might have to come back soon for a second pair!”

    – Thomas P.

  • “My appointment at Beyond Vision Center was a very positive & professional experience. The staff greeted me and introduced themselves when I arrived. I saw Dr. Raja for my eye exam; she has a very warm & caring manner, which instantly put me at ease. Her exam was thorough and precise, and she patiently took the time to answer all of my questions.”

    – Alfonso S.

  • “I had a great experience with Dr. Raja, who was so personable and easy to talk to. She helped me understand my computer eye fatigue and prescribed me glasses that help me with my work-from-home setup. Beyond Vision Center also has a great selection of frames!”

    – Ryan N.

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