At Positive Eye Ons Optometry, our West Hollywood eye doctor specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of many common eye and vision conditions. Dry eye is one of the most common eye conditions we see in our office, with this condition affecting millions of people annually. Fortunately, we're able to provide specialized dry eye care and treatment in our office, which is conveniently located on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles.
Because there are so many potential causes for dry eye, we typically will want to begin by scheduling an evaluation in our office. This helps us to get a better idea of the root cause of your symptoms as well as giving us the opportunity to make an official diagnosis.
One of the more common causes of dry eye that we see is that of simple aging. As a person ages, the body's natural ability to produce tears through the tear glands reduces. This can result in a lack of lubrication to the eyes, causing irritation and dryness.
Another possible cause of dry eye is a medication a patient may be taking. Specifically, medications like antidepressants, decongestants, blood pressure medications, and even antihistamines for allergies can have dry eye side effects. If you're taking any medications, take a look at the side effects to see if dry eye is one of them.
In some cases, underlying medical conditions can also result in dry eye symptoms. Some common conditions that are known to cause dry eye include:
Environmental factors can also come into play when it comes to dry eye. Specifically, those who live in excessively dry climates or whose homes/workplaces are low humidity can suffer from an environmental dry eye. Smokers are also more likely to suffer from dry eye caused by irritation from cigarette smoke in the air.
Finally, certain eye treatments such as LASIK surgery and even long-term contact lens wear can result in the development of the dry eye. These are all possible causes that we will consider when a patient comes into our office complaining of dry eye symptoms.
How do you know if you need to schedule an appointment for a possible dry eye diagnosis? Specific symptoms can vary from one person to the next, but most will report that they experience a dry, gritty sensation in one or both eyes. They may feel as though something is stuck in the eyes, even though there's nothing there. Some will also experience blurred vision and/or redness as a result of dry eye.
If you're experiencing symptoms of dry eye, it's time to request your appointment with our West Hollywood optometrist today. You can reach our team at Positive Eye Ons Optometry by giving us a call at (323) 651-5646. Be sure to take advantage of our new patient special, too!