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Half Moon Bay, CA

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Dry Eye Syndrome: More Than Just Dry Eyes

Those who have experience with a dry eye could sum it up in one word: frustrating.

For some, dry eyes happen on occasion. It may because of temporary medication, excessive computer use, or a response to smoke or wind. For these individuals, dry eye usually goes away when the cause does. However, for those suffering from dry eye syndrome, it can seem like there is no relief.

What is Dry Eye Syndrome?

Dry eye syndrome is a condition that affects 3.2 million women and 1.68 million men over 50. While some would consider this a nuisance, those living with dry eyes understand the constant frustration associated. In advanced cases, the surface of the eye can become scratched, causing vision problems.

It comes with a host of symptoms which include:

  • Red eyes
  • Blurry vision
  • Burning or stinging sensation
  • Excessive eye-watering
  • Stringy mucus around the eyes
  • Gritty sensation under the lids
  • Light sensitivity
  • Eye fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Uncomfortable contact lenses
  • Increase sensitivity to smoke, scents, or wind
  • Excessive blinking

What Causes Dry Eye Syndrome?

There are two causes of this condition.

  1. Not enough tears: When your tear glands do not produce enough tears to keep your eyes moist. Tear production tends to decrease with age, which is why this condition is more common among those in their 50s and beyond.
  2. Not good enough tears: Tears are made of three things – oil, water, and mucus. If there is not enough oil and mucus in the tears that coat your eyes they will evaporate too quickly or spread unevenly, leaving your eyes dry and uncomfortable.

Relief from Dry Eyes is at Coastside Eye Care

We know how infuriating living with dry eyes can be. Book an appointment for a proper diagnosis and to talk about possible treatment options.

Steps to Reduce Dry Eye at Home

There are a few things you can do to help prevent dry eye syndrome:

  • Blink regularly, especially when using a computer
  • Use a humidifier at home and work
  • Wear sunglasses to reduce wind and sun exposure
  • Stay hydrated

Dry Eye Diagnosis

To ascertain the reason behind your dry eyes, we will do a comprehensive eye exam. We will go through your patient history carefully to note any general health problems, environmental triggers, and medications that might be causing your discomfort. Then we will examine your eyes and assess your lid structure, blink dynamics, and an analysis of your natural tears for quantity and quality. A special dye may be used during this procedure.

There are a number of ways to find relief from dry eye syndrome. Depending on the diagnosis we may suggest one or a combination of treatments. Eye drops to supplement your natural tears, nutritional supplements to aid in tear production, or eyelid cleaners to keep inflammation down are often quite effective.

In more progressive cases, punctal plugs can be inserted into the tear ducts. These tiny plugs reduce the amount of tears that are draining from the surface of your eye, making up for a lack of production.

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Coastside Eye Care
210 Main Street,
Half Moon Bay, CA, 94019

Contact Number

Phone: 650-712-1234
Email: [email protected]
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Hours of Operation

Monday:9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday:9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday:9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday:9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday:9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday:By Appointment Only