Are your eyes always itchy, red, and irritated? You might have dry eyes, a condition that interferes with the quantity and quality of your tears. At Universal Vision Medical Center in Costa Mesa, California, Farnoosh Tinoosh, MD, diagnoses dry eyes and offers personalized treatment to ease your symptoms and protect your eyes. Why put up with uncomfortable eyes? Call or make an appointment online today.
Dry eye is an uncomfortable condition that occurs when you don’t have enough tears or your tears don’t sufficiently clean or moisturize your eyes. Dry eyes cause symptoms like:
While uncomfortable, Dr. Tinoosh can identify the cause of your symptoms and provide personalized treatment to relieve them.
Glands around your eyes produce tears, which consist of three layers: oily, watery, and mucus. If any of the substances that make up your tears are missing or deficient, you develop dry eyes.
Some of the factors that increase your risk of dry eyes include:
Your lifestyle also contributes to your risk of dry eyes. For example, spending too much time looking at a computer screen, wearing contact lenses for a prolonged time, or living in a dry environment can cause dry eye symptoms.
If you have any dry eye symptoms, you should mention them to Dr. Tinoosh during your routine eye exam. If your symptoms are severe, you don’t have to wait. You can schedule an appointment at any time.
Dr. Tinoosh often diagnoses dry eyes during your comprehensive eye exam. He can see signs of insufficient tears when examining your eyelid and the surface of your eye with a slit-lamp.
He might also take a sample of your tears for analysis or run a test to see how quickly you produce tears.
Dr. Tinoosh treats dry eyes by adding or saving your tears. Following your exam, he might recommend over-the-counter or prescription eye drops to keep your eyes moist and clean.
Dr. Tinoosh might also recommend blocking your tear ducts with punctal plugs to preserve your tears and keep them on your eyes longer. If this treatment is successful, Dr. Tinoosh can perform a surgery to block your tear ducts permanently.
You might also find that using a warm compress or gently massaging your eyelids reduces your symptoms. Sometimes adding omega-3 fatty acids, found in oily fish like salmon and tuna, can help.
If you have dry eye symptoms, call Universal Vision Medical Center or make an appointment online today for diagnosis and treatment.