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Natural tears are responsible for keeping eyes healthy and clean. Healthy tears are comprised of a complex mixture of water, oil and mucus and antibodies that help to keep your eyes smooth, clear and help to protect them from infection. If your tears are unable to adequately lubricate your eyes, you should be evaluated by an optometrist in Carmel Valley for dry eye syndrome.
Dry Eye Syndrome is a very common condition that occurs when the eyes don’t make either don’t make enough tears, or their tears are poor quality. The most common type of dry eye is due to inadequate tear production. Sometimes the dry eye can cause an overproduction of inadequate tears in response to the lack of moisture. But these tears don’t have sufficient nutrients because they’re mostly made of water. Dry eye can be sometimes be temporary but for certain people, it’s a life-long condition that will need to be managed. Dry eye can be caused by several factors. Some possible causes include: staring at a computer for long periods of time, wind blowing in the eyes, side effects from certain medications, aging, and diseases that caused the inability to make tears, such as Sjogren’s syndrome. Although the cause may be different, all types of dry eye have very unpleasant symptoms. Some common symptoms include: eye irritation and burning, watery eyes, a scratchy feeling, a sensation that something is in the eyes, a gritty feeling and blurred vision. There are several over-the counter dry eye remedies that might help some people, such as artificial tears. However, sometimes prescription medications are necessary. People who have severe and/or persistent dry eye symptoms should see a professional optometrist in Carmel Valley, like ours at Optometry Cabana.
If you have dry eye symptoms, contact our office. One of our staff members at Optometry Cabana will schedule an appointment with our optometrist in Carmel Valley for you.