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Dry Eye

The team at Shaaf Eye Center knows the discomfort that can come from having dry eye conditions and our team can work with you to treat and manage your dry eye symptoms. We offer a number of dry eye treatment options, all of which aim to provide maximum comfort and relief from your dry eye. Schedule a consultation with Shaaf Eye Center and our experts will create a customized plan based on the underlying cause of your condition.

What is Dry Eye?

Dry eye syndrome, also known as dry eye disease, is a common condition that we see at Shaaf Eye Center. The condition occurs when the eyes do not produce enough tears, or the tears produced are of poor quality. Tears play a crucial role in maintaining the health of the eyes by lubricating, moisturizing, and protecting the surface of the eyes.

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The Symptoms of Dry Eye Can Include:

  • A burning or stinging sensation in the eyes
  • Redness and inflammation
  • Blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Eye fatigue
  • Excessive tearing (paradoxical tearing)

Several Factors Can Contribute to Dry Eye Syndrome, Including:

  • Age: as people get older, they are more likely to experience dry eyes
  • Hormonal changes: women are more likely to develop dry eyes after menopause
  • Certain medical conditions: such as diabetes, thyroid problems, and autoimmune diseases
  • Certain medications: such as antihistamines, decongestants, and antidepressants
  • Environmental factors: such as exposure to wind, smoke, and dry air
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Treatments for dry eye syndrome aim to alleviate the symptoms and improve the quality and quantity of tears. Some common treatments include:

  • Artificial tears: these are over-the-counter eye drops that provide lubrication and moisture to the eyes. They can be used as needed throughout the day.
  • Prescription eye drops: for more severe cases of dry eye, prescription eye drops may be necessary. These can include anti-inflammatory drops or drops that stimulate tear production.
  • Punctal plugs: these are tiny plugs that can be inserted into the tear ducts to block the drainage of tears from the eyes, thus keeping the eyes more moist.
  • Nutritional supplements: certain supplements, such as omega-3 fatty acids, may help improve the quality of tears and reduce inflammation in the eyes.
  • Lifestyle changes: avoiding smoking, reducing screen time, and using a humidifier in dry environments may help alleviate dry eye symptoms.

In some cases, surgery may be necessary to treat dry eye syndrome. This can include procedures to close the tear ducts or to improve the quality of the tears. However, surgery is typically reserved for severe cases of dry eye that do not respond to other treatments.


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Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

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