Dry Eye Syndrome & Treatment

When Your Eyes Are Too Dry

Dry eye sensations and the often redness, soreness, and puffiness that can come from dry eye syndrome may have a variety of causes.  We’ll delve into some of the common ones more below.  The great news is that we have effective treatments that have helped many people to eliminate their irritation and dry eye symptoms.

How Are Eyes Dry?

There are a variety of things that can lead to the condition we call dry eye syndrome.

Tears meant to keep your eyes lubricated and comfortable

Not Enough Tears
Some people don’t naturally produce enough tears. This could be from birth.  Or it can be caused by other factors that block tear ducts and glands.  Eye infections, trauma or eye injuries, chronic swelling, and irritation.  For other people, tears may drain too easily and not keep enough tear available to keep the eyes well lubricated.

Ineffective Tears
Others may be creating plenty of tears, but the consistency or makeup of tears are not effective in keeping eyes as wet as they need to be.

Challenging Environments & Habits
Long hours in dusty, windy, very dry, areas can put too much challenge on your body to produce enough tears.   Staring intently at electronic video screens causes many people to  stop blinking (closing) eyes enough to move the tears around the eyes as they normally would.  Allergens and inflamatory diet can also cause excess drying and irritation to eyes which leaves them extra dry.

Got Chronic Dry Eye?  Common Dry Eye Symptoms



red irritated dry eyes

Dry eye can cause any of these:

    • Itchy, scratchy, irritated feelings in your eyes
    • Eyelid inflamation
    • Burning or stinging sensations in your eyes
    • Feeling that something is caught in your eye – like dust or lashes
    • Blurred vision
    • Red eyes
    • Light sensitivity

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Suffering from dry eyes? You don’t have to “just live with it”

Our doctors at East Valley Eye Center can not only diagnose dry eye conditions, they can provide life changing treatment options for many who suffer from dry, itchy, painful irritated eyes.  Estimates range from 35-55 million Americans suffer from dry eye symptoms and meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD).

IPL Optilight dry eye solution therapy

Lumenis OptiLight IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)

The first and only FDA approved IPL for management of dry eye disease due to Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD).

East Valley Eye Center uses advanced eye treatment technology from the original innovator of intense pulsed light (IPL).  Optimal Pulse Technology (OPT) was developed for treating dry eye disease, eyelid inflamation, DED, chronic dry eye, and dry itchy eyes.  Our Lumeis OptiLight IPL system is effective, quick, and comfortable for patients.  The results can be life changing!

Lumenis intense pulsed light - IPL

OptiLight Dry Eye Treatment with Mandy Moore

Kyle Richards Dry eye experience

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