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Several factors can contribute to dry eyes such as working or living in windy, arid, and hot environments, prescription medications, age, and heredity. Some of the latest advances in optometry, however, have allowed us to recognize and treat what causes dry eye in most cases, a condition called meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). Small meibomian glands cover the underside of the eyelids. When functioning normally, these glands produce a thin layer of oil which rests on top of your watery tears, preventing them from evaporating. When these glands become blocked or damaged, they cannot produce enough oil to cover your eyes, which results in the rapid evaporation of tears and the symptoms experienced with chronic dry eye.
Chronic dry eyes will not only affect your eyesight over time, but they can become extremely irritable, hindering your daily activities. If you have dry eye, you might experience signs and symptoms including:
If you begin experiencing any of these signs or symptoms, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with one of our optometrists to begin determining the cause of your eye dry and the best course of treatment.
A wide range of treatments, medications, procedures, and modifications are available to treat dry eye and reduce its symptoms. Our optometrists will first perform a comprehensive eye exam and discuss your symptoms, work environment, and home environment to pinpoint the exact cause of your dry eyes to determine whether the condition is environment-induced or possibly related to MGD. Depending on the determined cause of your dry eyes, our optometrists will recommend and discuss with you the administration of any combination of treatments deemed necessary to improve your condition. Our list of dry eye treatments includes:
With five convenient locations in Cupertino, San Jose, Santa Cruz, and Los Gatos, Spectrum Eye Physicians has a bay area optometrist who can help you. Our experienced team of optometrists can help you find relief from your dry eyes. Contact us at (408) 884-2215 to schedule your appointment or learn more about our dry eye treatments today.