Dry Eyes Specialist

Henry T Oishi, OD -  - Optometrist

Eye Appeal Optometry

Henry T Oishi, OD

Optometrist located in Temecula, CA

Dry eye syndrome, often called dry eyes, is more than just an inconvenience: it’s a serious eye condition that can cause blurry vision, severe eye inflammation, and eye pain if you don’t seek help from an experienced eye care provider. Henry Oishi, OD, at Eye Appeal Optometry is an experienced optometrist who can deliver quick symptom relief. Use the online appointment tool or call the Temecula, California, office to get dry eye help now.

Dry Eyes Q & A

What is dry eye syndrome?

Dry eye syndrome happens when your eyes don't make enough tears, or when your eyes don't make sufficient high-quality tears. Your natural tears should include three layers: the lipid, watery, and inside mucin. In dry eye syndrome sufferers, tears are typically missing the lipids that help them moisturize their eyes.

Why does dry eye happen?

The main reason for dry eye syndrome is aging. It's normal for your eyes to get dryer in middle age or senior years. Other possible causes include:

  • Erratic blinking
  • Medications like antihistamines, birth control pills, or antidepressants
  • Exposure to a dry climate
  • Exposure to wind
  • Immune system illnesses like rheumatoid arthritis or Sjögren’s syndrome

Knowing the cause of your dry eye syndrome can be helpful in designing an effective treatment plan, so Dr. Oishi will try to isolate your dry eye syndrome trigger whenever possible.

 

Do I have dry eye?

Symptoms that may indicate dry eye syndrome include:

  • Dry eyes
  • Scratchy eyes
  • Itchy eyes
  • Red eyes
  • Burning eyes
  • The feeling that there's something stuck in your eye
  • Blurred vision

Perhaps the strangest symptom of dry eye syndrome is actually overly watery eyes. Although your eyes may water more than normal, they're not making good quality tears.

Those tears are your body's attempt to soothe your over-dry eyes, and they're made of the watery layer only. When your eyes get overly watery due to dry eye syndrome, those poor-quality tears tend to both well up and dissipate much faster than healthy tears do.

What is the treatment for dry eye?

The treatment for dry eye syndrome can include:

  • Environment changes like avoiding being outdoors in high wind
  • Artificial tear solutions
  • Moisturizing eye ointment that you use before bed
  • Oral medication
  • Punctal plugs in your tear ducts to reduce tear drainage

In rare cases, dry eye sufferers need surgery. If that's the case, Dr. Oishi will co-manage your care with your eye surgeon.

Are dry eyes making you itchy, red, and frustrated? Don’t suffer any longer. Use the online booking feature or call the Eye Appeal Optometry office for dry eye help today.