Causes and Treatment of Dry Eyes

Causes and Treatment of Dry Eyes | Palm Springs Oculoplastic Surgery

Dry eyes can cause irritation and blur the vision. Timely treatment can eliminate the problem and restore healthy eyes. Dr. Jennifer Hui is a qualified expert in cosmetic surgery and eyelid surgery providing a wide range of treatments, including treatment for dry eyes.

Dr. Hui is a board certified ophthalmologist and oculoplastic surgeon providing treatments to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, and surrounding locations.

 

Causes

Common causes of dry eyes include:

  • Aging – reduces production of tears
  • Gender – women experience dry eyes more commonly due to hormonal changes
  • Medical conditions – Diabetes, thyroid disorders, and others
  • Excessive computer use – reduced blinking
  • Medications – anti-allergic drugs such as antihistamines
  • Changes in eyelid anatomy – incomplete closing of eyelids
  • Contact lenses – frequent or regular use
  • LASIK surgery

 

Treatments

To treat dry eyes, the goal of the eye surgeon is to increase moisture to the eyes or reduce the moisture leaving the eyes. Lubricants can add moisture to the surface of the eye. Gels and artificial tears may be applied, or ointments can be used for night time usage. Tear production can be enhanced with prescription eye drops such as Restasis.

 

Artificial Tears

Artificial tears or other types of lubricant eye drops are ideal to treat mild cases of dry eyes. This treatment is usually the first step in most cases. A wide range of formulations in artificial tears are available, and the patient may not know which one to choose. Formulations with low viscosity or low thickness are watery and light, but offer quick relief with little to no blurring of vision during application. However, their soothing effect is usually short-lived.

On the other hand, formulations with high viscosity are more like a gel, and offer more sustainable lubrication. But significant blurring of vision may occur with these drops for several minutes once these are applied. Therefore, these high viscosity formulations are generally prescribed only for bedtime use. Ingredients in different formulations will determine the type of dry eye condition they may be suited for.

Some formulations may be more appropriate to treat aqueous deficiency, while some others may treat an evaporative dry eye condition more effectively. Dr. Hui receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, and nearby areas for dry eye treatments.

 

Restasis

Restasis are prescription eye drops to treat dry eyes. This treatment does more than just lubricate the eye surface. It helps to mitigate inflammation associated with dry eye syndrome and supports the production of natural tears to keep the eye moist. However, the results with Restasis are not immediate. The patient may be required to use these drops for at least three months to achieve full benefits.

Many people will experience a burning sensation in the eyes during the first few weeks of Restasis treatment. Patients should minimize activities that reduce the blink rate because it will typically increase the problem of dry eye syndrome.

For more information about cosmetic surgery and nonsurgical eye treatments and procedures performed by Oculoplastic Eye Surgeon Dr. Jennifer Hui for patients in and around Palm Springs, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Palm Desert, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, California and surrounding areas call 760.610.2677 or click here to contact us.

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