Dry Eye Disease

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“Are you experiencing a burning or itching sensation in your eyes? Do your eyes often feel heavy and dry? If any of these ring true, you may be suffering from dry eye disease. If so, at the office of Monterey Optometric Center we can help!

Chronic dry eye or dry eye disease is a common and frustrating condition that results from the eye surface not getting enough lubrication. People who have this condition typically do not produce enough moistness to keep the surface of the eyes healthy and able to wash away irritants that can damage the eye.

You may be at an increased risk of dry eye if you are constantly on your computer or Smart device, wear contact lenses , are 50 or older, and for women, post-menopausal. Other factors that may contribute include:

Dry or windy conditions
Frequent air travel
Smoking
Diseases such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus
Certain medications such as antihistamines, antidepressants, blood pressure medication, birth control pills

Common symptoms include:

Burning, itchy, and achy eyes
Heavy or tired eyes
Soreness in the eyes
Dry sensation
Red eyes
Photophobia
Blurred vision
Sensation of having something in your eye

Ironically, watery eyes may actually be another sign of dry eye. This is because the eye can over-stimulate “reflex tears” as a protective mechanism. But these tears are only temporary and not enough to keep the surface sufficiently lubricated.

The good news is that there are medications available to help manage dry eye. Schedule an appointment with one of our experts to determine if you have the condition. Your doctor will discuss the best option for you and what to expect with treatment.

At the office of Monterey Optometric Center, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.”

700 Cass St, Suite 101
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 641-7252

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