As a California resident, you are used to beautiful views and sunny days. Your vision is a vital part of this process, and when something goes wrong with your eyes, the quality of your daily life can take a major toll. The patients that our local eye doctors see often come to us with a fairly common complaint — Dry Eye. This problem manifests for a variety of different reasons, with minor irritations disrupting your normal routine. Signature Optometry is here to serve as your local optometrist in Fresno, delivering comprehensive support to help you see the future with health and clarity. Our dry eye clinic is one of the few in the state that is certified to use LipiFlow to offer the best long-term solutions for our patients in need.
Today, we’ll highlight a few causes of dry eye as well as the treatments currently available. If you’re dealing with irritated, red, dry eyes that won’t get better, be sure to reach out to our eye doctors in Fresno for an appointment!
What Causes Dry Eye?
The prevalence of dry eye may only be matched by the number of factors that can go into causing it. As our previous blog post stated, your tears rely on a precise balance of water and oils, salts, and more to retain long-term moisture. If anything disrupts this, you may be left with red, dry eyes. A few reasons why your tears may be drying up include:
- Side effects of medication
- Side effects of an autoimmune disease
- Excessive screen time
- Environmental factors (wind, smoke)
- Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD)
Part of our treatment at Signature Optometry involves finding the source behind your dry eyes and working to eliminate any problems when possible to provide long-term comfort. It’s important to find the correct treatment to restore your optical comfort.
Dry Eye Treatments
Beyond minimizing the problematic factors that contributed to your dry eye, you can also rely on a number of treatments to minimize your daily discomfort. Most modern solutions include promoting regular tear production, relying on eye drops, eyelid scrub techniques, hot compresses, and more to clear out any gunk that may be impeding your tear production.
Signature Optometry is proud to be a qualified provider of LipiFlow, an advanced treatment that helps to combat Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, which is considered the lead causing of dry eyes. When tiny Meibomian glands are blocked, your eyes are unable to produce enough oil to keep the surface moist. Our eye therapy pros will place a device on your lids that serves to comfortably deliver treatment that restores oil production and promote healthy eyelid flow.
Dry eyes are a common problem across our country that many people have to live with, but if you schedule an appointment with our optometrists in Fresno or Kerman, you may be able to benefit from the most advanced and modern MGD treatment available. Our eye doctors also specialize in other treatment forms to ensure that help you to find the best outcome for your visual health. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!