Dry Eye Specialist

Cornea Eye Institute -  - Cornea & Laser Specialist

Cornea Eye Institute

Cornea & Laser Specialists located in Beverly Hills, CA

Having dry eyes can be uncomfortable and annoying. This condition can limit your ability to work, drive, and perform many other tasks in your everyday life. Treatments that get to the root cause can help dramatically. Make an appointment at Cornea Eye Institute in Beverly Hills, California, and they will get to the bottom of what is irritating your eyes and get you back to seeing the world comfortably and clearly.

Dry Eye Q & A

How do I know I have dry eyes?

In your optical system, the tear film in your eye is the most important component for image quality. It is composed of a mucous layer, an aqueous (watery) layer, and a lipid (oily) layer). Each layer is produced by cells and glands in different parts of the eye.

Dry eyes is a common condition that occurs when either the tear-producing gland is not able to produce enough tears, or there is a decreased production of the lipid layer by the cells in the surface of the eye and the glands of the eyelids. When either or both of these happen, your eyes do not get the lubrication they need.

Common symptoms include:

  • Stinging, burning or scratchy feeling in your eyes
  • Stringy mucus in or near your eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Eye redness
  • A sensation of having something in your eyes
  • Trouble putting in and tolerating contact lenses
  • Difficulty with driving at night
  • Watery eyes: A response to irritation of the eyes
  • Blurred vision or eye fatigue

Come to Cornea Eye Institute if you have experienced prolonged symptoms of dry eyes. She can determine what’s bothering your eyes and provide you with adequate treatment.

What causes dry eyes?

Dry eyes are caused primarily by decreased production of tears or of the lipid layer, which can lead to increased tear evaporation. Sometimes also an imbalance in the production of your tears can also cause dry eyes.

Common causes of decreased tear production include:

  • Aging
  • Certain autoimmune conditions: Sjogren’s syndrome, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Certain medications: Including drugs for high blood pressure, acne and birth control
  • Laser eye surgery (LASIK): Usually a temporary condition after surgery
  • Damage to tear glands from irritation or radiation

Common causes of tear evaporation include:

  • Blepharitis, the most common cause, which is an inflammation of the eyelid margins, and causes blockage of the oil-producing glands. This happens commonly when there is rosacea or other skin disorders in the face.
  • Exposure to wind, smoke or dry air
  • Blinking less often: usually while reading, driving or working at a computer
  • Eyelid problems: Such as out-turning (ectropion) and in-turning (entropion) of the lower eyelid.

How can Cornea Eye Institute help?

After a thorough eye exam to determine the what is causing your dry eye, we will recommend in-office treatment, medication, lifestyle and home remedies, or a combination of these depending on your needs.