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Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry Eyes are very common in Los Angeles and surrounding communities in So Cal.Chances are that you or someone you know has experienced dry eye syndrome. This common condition is characterized by itching, burning, redness, watery eyes, and blurred vision.

Causes of Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry eyes are usually caused by problems in your tear production. Your tears evaporate too quickly, causing your corneas experience soreness, redness, and irritation. Your body’s response to this is often to overstimulate tear production, resulting in overly watery eyes.

Dry Eyes

Many different factors can contribute to dry eyes, including:

  • Altitude
  • Weather
  • Certain medications
  • Pollution
  • Second-hand smoke
  • Aging (causing an oil deficiency)

More than 10 million Americans suffer from dry eyes. People who perform extremely nearsighted tasks – such as reading fine print or working on a computer – are more prone to developing dry eyes, along with contact lens wearers.

Treatment for Dry Eyes

Holistic Treatment Methods for Dry Eyes

Simple interventions like washing eyes is often neglected. Good nutrition is essential. Leafy green vegetables like Kale provide good nutrition to eyes. Yellow fruits like carrots, pumpkins, squash and almonds will also help. Drinking plenty of water rehydrates the eyes. Flax seed helps in alleviating symptoms. Flax seed products are available at Trader Joes.

OTC or Over the counter options

Artificial tears are advertised all over the place. They are only a stop gap arrangement. It gives momentary relief.

Pharmaceutical treatment options

Medicated drops like Restasis help decrease the inflammation in lacrimal glands. This allows the glands to generate more tears.

Punctal occluders can be placed in your tear ducts to prevent tears from draining into the nose. Your tear duct functions as the drainage duct that carries tears away from the surface of the eye. There are upper and lower tear ducts in the inner corner of each your eyes. If there is a blockage of these drainage ducts, tears accumulate improve the volume in the eye. By placing punctal occluders in your eyes, the tears will be trapped and will remain on the eye’s surface for a longer period of time. Punctual occlusion is safe, quick, and painless.

If you’re bothered by the problem of dry eyes, please contact The Khanna Institute today to schedule a free vision consultation. Dr. Khanna can perform specific testing to determine the cause of your dry eyes, and provide you with effective treatment. Treatment may be as simple as prescribing lubricating eyedrops or supplements.

The Khanna Vision Institute serves patients throughout the Los Angeles area.  KVI has offices in Beverly Hills and Westlake Village, California.

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