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Posted on 02-27-2018

Silicon Valley Eye Physicians Discusses What Causes Dry Eyes?

Woman outdoors with dry eyes

Dry eye syndrome is a common problem that affects millions of people. It is caused by an insufficient amount of tears or poor quality tears, which results in inadequate moisture on the eye surface. Silicon Valley Eye Physicians offers a number of treatments for dry eye problems.

Symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome

You can begin to suspect a dry eye problem if you experience frequent burning of the eyes, a gritty feeling in the eyes, redness, soreness, blurred vision, sensitivity to light or eye fatigue. Your eyes may even water more than usual, or you may feel like there’s something in your eyes.

Causes of Dry Eyes

A number of factors contribute to dry eyes. Producing less moisture for the eyes occurs naturally with aging. Women sometimes experience dry eyes due to hormonal changes. Individuals who have diabetes, thyroid problems or rheumatoid arthritis may experience dry eyes as part of their condition. Some medications can also cause dry eyes. Wearing contact lenses can cause dry eyes, as well as looking at a computer screen for long periods without blinking. Individuals who spend time in smoky environments or who work outdoors in windy conditions may also develop this condition.

Dry Eye Treatments

Your optometrist will recommend a treatment based on the severity of the dry eye problem. For minor issues, the use of over-the-counter artificial tears products may provide sufficient relief. A number of prescription eye drops are also available for more severe problems. Steroid eye drops are also used, but are generally not used for long periods. Punctual plugs are small devices about the size of a grain of rice that are inserted at the corner of the eyes to block drainage of fluid from the eyes. Meibomian oil expression helps to add more natural oil to the eye secretions. Intense pulsed light therapy can also help to reduce dry eye symptoms. An automated eye treatment called LipiFlow combines Meibomian oil expression and warm compresses to relieve the symptoms of dry eyes. Your eye doctor can discuss the advantage and disadvantages of each of these treatments.

Contact Silicon Valley Eye Physicians For Your Dry Eye Treatment

The eye care professionals at Silicon Valley Eye Physicians utilize their many years of experience to provide vision care services for their patients in Sunnyvale CA, Santa Clara and nearby communities. With extensive training, state-of-the-art equipment and personalized service, we can provide a range of services for our patients’ needs. Call Silicon Valley Eye Physicians today at 408-739-6200 for an appointment to discuss your dry eye problem with a physician who can offer effective treatments for this uncomfortable condition.

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