Conveniently located inside Lenscrafters, Oceanside

Dry Eye Disease Treatment

If scratchy, dry eyes and blurry vision are keeping you from enjoying the activities you love, perhaps it’s time to explore your treatment options at a practice dedicated to optimal eye care. Oceanside Family Optometry in Oceanside, California, offers the latest treatment options for dry eye. Find out more by calling or scheduling an online consultation today.

Dry Eye Disease Q&A

What is dry eye syndrome?

Dry eye syndrome is a chronic eye condition characterized by burning eyes, scratchiness and dryness. Although one cure for all dry eyes has not been discovered, sometimes an underlying cause can be found and treated, and in almost all cases the symptoms can be managed.

Eye drops for dry eyes

One of the first lines of treatment our optometrist might recommend are artificial tears, which are lubricating eye drops to relieve the dry feeling, and gritty sensation that often accompanies dry eye. If over the counter dry eye treatment is not working well, our optometrists can prescribe stronger eye drops which can actually enhance your own natural tear production.

It’s a good idea to check with us, even before picking up non-prescription eye drops, especially if you wear contact lenses. Some eye drops are not good lubricators, many contain irritating substances themselves, and there are eye drops that are not safe for use with contacts. Even with good rewetting drops, the relief is only temporary, so our patients with dry eyes often find they have to use the eye drops many times a day. However, we may be able to solve the problem by simply switching contact lens brands.

Other causes and treatments for dry eye

Dry eyes are a known side effect of certain medications, so it’s important to mention any drugs you are taking on a regular basis. Switching to another medicine or stopping it altogether if it is not necessary often resolves the dry eye problem. Never change or stop your medicines without consulting with your primary care doctor first. In this situation, the advantages of the drug must be weighed against the side effect of overly dry eyes.

Punctal plugs may be recommended for severe dry eye. They are tiny silicon plugs which are inserted into the draining ducts in the corner of your eye to keep your tears moisturizing your eyes for more time.

Diagnosing and treating an underlying cause is most helpful. For example; eyelid infections, such as blepharitis, are a treatable cause of dry eye syndrome. Treatment may include for steroid or antibiotic drops, eyelid scrubs and warm compresses.

Dry eye and LASIK

If you are considering LASIK or other corrective eye surgery, you should know that dry eyes may be a contraindication. Dry eye syndrome is associated with more difficult recuperation after eye surgery including LASIK, so the majority of surgeons will require you to address the dry eyes beforehand. We can help you relieve your dry eyes.

Office Hours and Info

Conveniently located inside Lenscrafters, Oceanside
  • Monday
  • 9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Tuesday
  • 9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Wednesday
  • 9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Thursday
  • 9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Friday
  • 9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Saturday
  • 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sunday
  • 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • 2665 Vista Way
  • Unit B
  • Oceanside, CA
  • 92054
760-433-2015 760-433-8947 Get Directions
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