Dry Eye Therapy in Los Angeles

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When itchy, burning eyes are causing you discomfort, you might be suffering dry eye disease. Dry eyes are common, and many people experience their unpleasant sensations at some point in their lives.

But, if you’re using bottle after bottle of artificial tears trying to soothe your symptoms, it’s time to find lasting relief. Chronic dry eyes can persist even when you change your lifestyle or environmental conditions.

Visit us to find relief for your dry eye symptoms today.

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2 Types of Dry Eye Disease

Almost 5 million Americans over the age of 50 suffer from dry eye disease. It’s usually a result of one of 2 underlying issues—aqueous deficiency or evaporative dry eye.

Aqueous Deficiency

Aqueous deficiency is characterized by lower-than-average tear production. This type of dry eye disease accounts for only about a tenth of dry eye disease cases.

The tear film is made up of 3 distinct layers:

  • The mucus layer keeps the tear in contact with the eye
  • The water layer keeps the eye hydrated
  • The oil layer keeps the water from evaporating.

If any of the 3 layers are unstable, you may have evaporative dry eye.

Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

If your dry eye disease is evaporative, you may also have meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). The meibomian glands are tiny glands along the edges of the eyelids responsible for producing oil. This oil is a critical component of your tear film and keeps your tears from evaporating too quickly.

When the glands are blocked, they can’t secrete oil, meaning your tears might dry up before they can fully moisturize the eye.

Treatment Methods for Dry Eye Disease

There are many ways to treat dry eye disease. At Los Angeles EyeCare Optometry Group, we’ll evaluate your specific situation and recommend the right course of action. Here are some of the treatment methods we offer:

Meibomian gland expression is performed by a trained optometrist who applies pressure to your eyelids to squeeze out the oils. This simple procedure can be completed in our office.

The Dry Eye Relief Mask (D.E.R.M.) can provide relief from mild dry eyes. It’s a moist-hot compress containing silica beads that attract moisture from the air and release it when microwaved, providing soothing relief.

2 common prescription eye drops can be used for dry eye disease: Restasis and Xiidra. Restasis helps your eyes produce their own tears, while Xiidra targets inflammation that might cause dry eyes.

Neither restasis nor xiidra are artificial tears. Rather, they target the source of your dry eye disease.

TEARCARE

TearCare is a wearable, software-controlled technology, similar to a high-tech warm compress. It is fully customizable and allows your optometrist to provide tailored delivery of electrothermal energy to the meibomian glands.

The heat allows for blockages in the meibomian glands to liquefy, which can then be expressed by an optometrist.

Components of TearCare include a flexible pair of eyelid devices. These conform to each patient’s unique anatomy, providing sustained thermal treatment. The device is soft and lightweight and your eyes can behave naturally while wearing it.

TearCare works with the eye’s natural blinking force to clear the meibomian glands of any obstructions. Unobstructed glands allow for the production of your tear film’s oil layer, which prevents tears from evaporating too quickly.

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Increase Your Comfort, Protect Your Eyes

If you’re experiencing symptoms of dry eye disease, don’t wait to find relief. If left untreated, dry eye disease can cause more serious complications like corneal abrasions.

The team at Los Angeles EyeCare Optometry Group wants to provide you with lasting relief. Book your appointment today.

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Where To Find Us

Our practice is located in downtown Los Angeles in Little Tokyo. We’re open outside of normal business hours to make it easier for you to schedule an appointment. 

We validate and pay for parking during your visit.

Our Address

334-B E. 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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