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Dry Eye Treatment

Living with the pain and frustration of chronic dry eye can make even the simplest daily activities, such as driving, uncomfortable.

GW Eye Associates provides a broad spectrum of dry eye treatments to help you find relief and improve your quality of life.

How could you benefit from treatment for dry eye?

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Professional Treatment Allows for a Personalized Approach

Effective Solutions

The prescribed dry eye treatment should address your symptoms and provide relief quickly.

Conservative Lifestyle Changes

Based on your personal habits, our doctors can make recommendations to reduce dry eye.

Gentle Treatment Options

Many dry eye treatments are gentle and non-invasive, like drops or lid scrubs.

What Causes Dry Eye?

A variety of factors can cause dry eyes. For many patients, the problem develops as they age. Over time, wearing contact lenses can also result in dry eye. Certain medications, medical conditions, and environmental factors can all cause dry eye. In some cases, reducing or eliminating the cause can alleviate symptoms. For example, if dry eyes are a side effect of a medication you take, we can explore other medication options. 

In some cases, we may prescribe a combination of treatments to successfully manage your CDE.
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Chronic dry eyes cannot be cured, but we can help you manage the condition and experience relief.

Symptoms of Dry Eye

Without a sufficient amount of tears, or tears with an improper balance of water, mucous and oil, the protective film on your eyes can break down and result in dry spots on the ocular surface. If you have CDE, you may experience:

  • A burning or stinging sensation in your eye
  • The feeling that you have something in your eye
  • Alternating between an excess of tears and extremely dry eyes
  • A discharge from the eye
  • Redness or pain in the eye
  • Periodic blurry vision
  • Discomfort when wearing contact lenses
  • Difficulty reading, performing computer work, and other similar tasks
  • Eye fatigue

How is Chronic Dry Eye Diagnosed?

To diagnose CDE, we will conduct a thorough examination of your eyes. We will evaluate your medical history to rule out any medical conditions or medications that could cause your dry eyes. We will also discuss your lifestyle and living and working conditions to determine if an environmental factor is the cause. We will then examine the eye itself, including the eyelids and cornea. We will also measure both the quantity and quality of tears you produce. This exam can help determine if you suffer from CDE, and how to address it.

What are My Treatment Options?

We offer treatment options that range from conservative to more aggressive. In some cases, we may prescribe a combination of treatments to successfully manage your CDE. Prescription eye drops and a vitamin supplement is usually the first line of treatment. We may also recommend that you apply warm compresses or pads to help open your oil glands. If our more conservative efforts prove ineffective, we can utilize BlephEX, which is a tool that helps open plugged glands in the eyelid. As a last resort, we can surgically place punctual plugs, which close the tear ducts and help prevent tears from draining too soon.

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GW Eye Associates

Our team at GW Eye Associates in La Jolla and Del Mar can provide a wide range of high-quality eye care services. Dr. Gordon G. Wong and Dr. Wildon C. Wong have over 45 years of combined experience and belong to several prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Optometric Association

For more information about our services, contact our office online or call us at (858) 454-4699 today.

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