Dry Eye Management

Westchester Eyecare Center

Optometry located in Westchester, Los Angeles, CA

If you have insufficient or inadequate tear production, your eyes may feel dry and itchy. Westchester Eyecare Center in Los Angeles, California, can get you started on a dry eye management solution to restore your eye's natural layer of lubrication. To resolve the painful side effects of dry eye, book an evaluation at the Westchester office through the website or call to speak with a team member directly.

Dry Eye Management

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What causes dry eye?

Dry eye is a chronic condition that means that your eyes don’t have the essential lubrication they need to function. Tears are necessary for lubricating your eyes, flushing out foreign objects or invaders, and helping you see more clearly. 

In some cases, you don’t produce enough tears to lubricate your eyes adequately. It’s also possible that the combination of oil, water, and mucus — components of tears — is imbalanced. No matter what the underlying issue is, dry eye is often linked to:

 

  • Older age
  • Prescription medications
  • Computer work habits
  • Eyelid inflammation (blepharitis)
  • Long-term use of contact lenses
  • Hormonal fluctuations (common with women)
  • Refractive eye surgeries, including LASIK 
  • Chronic health conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes

 

Sometimes, environmental factors are to blame, too. For instance, if you’re regularly exposed to wind, dry air (including indoor heat), and pollution, your risk of dry eye increases. 

When should I see a doctor for dry eye?

The compassionate providers at Westchester Eyecare Center encourage you to come in for an eye exam if you have a history of dry eye and have never found an effective treatment or if you’ve just recently started struggling with dry eye symptoms, including:

 

  • Itchiness
  • Redness
  • Stinging 
  • Burning 
  • Light sensitivity 
  • Eye strain or pain
  • Decreased vision

 

Even if your dry eye symptoms seem minor or infrequent, it’s important to come in to Westchester Eyecare Center early on before your condition progresses. Without proper treatment, dry eye can increase your risk of eye infection and damage to the surface of your eyes.  

What is dry eye management?

The team at Westchester Eyecare Center provides comprehensive dry eye diagnostic and management solutions so that you can expect relief from the most severe of dry eye symptoms. Your dry eye management plan may include:

  • Medications to decrease inflammation
  • Unblocking clogged oil glands
  • Tear-stimulation medications
  • Lubricating eye drops
  • Specialty contacts

You may even benefit from eye inserts that you place between your lower eyelid and eyeball. This tiny rice-sized insert gradually dissolves and releases a substance to help lubricate your eyes.

What medications treat dry eye?

Westchester Eyecare Center recommends PRN's DE3 Dry Eye Omega Benefits® in treating the majority of patients who experience dry eyes. This high-end Omega 3 supplement has a proven track record of success. This medication is formulated to deliver essential nutrients to your body, which are necessary for the production of your naturally soothing tear film.

You will need to take three small capsules of PRN's DE3 Dry Eye Omega Benefits once a day. This treatment delivers 2240mg of EPA/DHA in the re-esterified form (rTG).

This specific formulation is useful for:

  • Providing essential eye-specific nutrition
  • Improving occasional discomfort in your eye
  • Promoting production of higher-quality tears

This therapy works by restoring oil to inflamed, clogged, or otherwise stressed meibomian glands, which are responsible for producing oil that keeps your tears from evaporating.

Your dry eye management plan from Westchester Eyecare Center is tailored to your unique needs so that you can expect relief. Get started on your dry eye management plan at Westchester Eyecare Center today. Click on the online scheduler or call the clinic to schedule over the phone.