Dry Eyes Specialist

Farnoosh Tinoosh, MD -  - Ophthalmologist

Universal Vision Medical Center

Farnoosh Tinoosh, MD

Ophthalmologist located in Costa Mesa, CA

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 Eyes Q & A

What are dry eyes?

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:

  • Stinging, burning, and itching 
  • Strings of mucus around your eyes
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Redness
  • Feeling like you have something in your eye
  • Uncomfortable contact lenses 
  • Reduced night vision
  • Watery eyes
  • Eye fatigue or blurry vision

While uncomfortable, Dr. Tinoosh can identify the cause of your symptoms and provide personalized treatment to relieve them. 

What causes dry eyes?

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:

  • Diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid disease, and lupus
  • Eyelid abnormalities such as blepharitis, entropion, and ectropion
  • Medications, including diuretics, allergy and cold medicines, and sleeping pills

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. 

When should I talk to an eye doctor about dry eyes?

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. 

How do you diagnose dry eyes?

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. 

How do you treat dry eyes?

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.