What is Dry Eye?

Dry Eye Treatment Manteca CA The eyes make two types of tears. The first type is called lubricating tears, and they are produced slowly and steadily all through the day. The second type of tears is called reflex tears. They don’t have much lubrication value, instead functioning as emergency flooding of the eye when it is injured or irritated. If you get a bug in your eye or are around smoke, those are reflex tears.

There is one other way your body will create reflex tears — when the eye is not producing enough lubricating tears. This is a condition known as dry eye. At Central Valley Eye Medical Group, we have various methods for treating dry eye.

What are the symptoms of dry eye?

Dry eye has these symptoms:

  • Watery eyes
  • Feeling of grit in the eyes
  • Eyes that itch and burn
  • Vision that becomes blurred after periods of reading, watching TV, or using a computer
  • Red, irritated eyes that create a mucus discharge

What causes dry eye?

  • Age — As we get older, glands in our eyelids produce less oil. Oil is needed to keep tears from evaporating, so without that oil, the tears dry up faster.
  • Hormonal changes — This is especially true for women after menopause.
  • Prescription medications — Certain medications such as high blood pressure medications, antihistamines, diuretics, anti-anxiety drugs, sleeping pills, pain medications, and antidepressants cause dry eye.
  • The use of contact lenses.
  • Hot, dry, or windy conditions and high altitudes.
  • Eye surgery — this includes LASIK.
  • Reading or up-close use of your eyes.

How we treat dry eye

The most common treatment is for the patient to supplement his or her tears with artificial tears. Artificial tears come in liquid form, gel, or ointment. The ointment is usually recommended for nighttime use. Artificial tears provide the oil and lubrication not being produced by your eye. They only alleviate symptoms, however, and don’t correct the condition.

If your dry eye is due to infected or inflamed eyelids, or from clogged oil glands, we may use antibiotics and special lid cleaning techniques to reduce the inflammation and get the glands open again.

Restasis® is a prescription eye drop that helps the eye to produce more tears by reducing inflammation. Restasis® treats the cause of dry eye.

Punctal occlusion is a procedure where we insert plugs into the tear drainage area of the patient’s eyes. These plugs keep the tears in the eyes longer.

If you have the symptoms of dry eye, call the team at Central Valley Eye Medical Group, 800-244-9907. We can help.

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We at Central Valley Eye hope you and your families are well. With COVID-19 infections continuing to rise, we are taking all necessary precautions to keep patients and staff healthy as we continue to provide the eye care that our community needs:
  • Whenever appropriate, we are rescheduling any patients with cough or cold symptoms
  • We have adjusted our schedule to decrease the number of patients in our waiting rooms. You can expect on average between zero and one patient to be in the waiting room at any given time.
  • We have increased our already strict sanitizing practices to extend into the waiting areas and halls.
  • Whenever appropriate, we are diverting visits to telemedicine (by cell phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop). Please contact us for further details at 209-952-3700.

    Additionally, some of our office locations may be closed on certain days. If you are unsure whether to come in for your visit, please call us.

    The doctors at Central Valley Eye will not be performing any non-urgent surgeries until further notice. Our surgery coordinators will be contacting patients to reschedule the surgeries that need to be postponed.

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 209-952-3700.

    Warmest regards,

    Brandy Simpson
    Practice Manager
    Central Valley Eye Medical Group, Inc.