Burning, itchy, or gritty eyes could mean you suffer from dry eye, a condition which affects nearly 5 million Americans, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Although the condition is very common, it is also very misunderstood. In order to prescribe the appropriate treatment, the doctors at Silicon Valley Eye Physicians use state-of-the-art technology to accurately diagnose and treat your unique case. We are one of the only practices in Sunnyvale, CA, Santa Clara, and the surrounding Bay Area equipped with these innovative diagnostic tools, and we perform an initial scanning for dry eye on a complimentary basis during each routine eye exam. We offer comprehensive dry eye patient education and services including:
- Dry Eye Causes and Symptoms
- Dry Eye Frequently Asked Questions
- Dry Eye Testing
- Dry Eye Treatment
- Chronic Dry Eye
Our team can help you understand how dry eye is affecting your life and administer the treatment you deserve.
Understanding Dry Eye
One of the most common misconceptions about dry eye is that it is caused by a lack of tears. Depending on your unique condition, this may not be the case and over-the-counter artificial tears may not provide sufficient, long-lasting relief from your symptoms. Dry eye can occur as a result of two different causes, either tear deficiency or lack of tear quality, which both fail to keep the eye properly lubricated. In both cases, patients experience a variety of uncomfortable symptoms including pain, redness, and dryness.
Our practice is one of the only offices in the Bay Area equipped with this state-of-the-art technology.
What Happens at the Eye Exam?
During your exam, our doctors will perform a series of tests including LipiScan™ exams, tear breakup, and gland expression to achieve an accurate diagnosis. Our practice uses InflammaDry®, a highly accurate test that allows us to quickly interpret your results and recommend the appropriate treatment. In most cases, this diagnosis can be completed within 10 minutes, allowing you to receive results quickly and accurately.
Your Treatment Options
Your treatment method will be determined by the results of your diagnostic testing. At Silicon Valley Eye Physicians, our goal is to treat the root of your condition and not just the symptoms. Depending on your unique case, treatment may include:
- Lifestyle changes: Incorporating omega-3 fatty acids into your diet, applying warm compresses, or changing a certain medication could help alleviate symptoms of dry eye. Additionally, we may recommend resting your eyes periodically to ensure they are properly lubricated.
- Eyedrops: Topical medications including artificial tears and ointments can help alleviate dry eye symptoms.
- Antibiotics: If bacteria in the glands or lid margin is causing your dry eye condition, medication can assist in eliminating your symptoms.
In addition to take-home options, we may also recommend an in-office treatment. For more severe cases of dry eye or chronic dry eye, we may recommend procedures such as LipiFlow®, amniotic membrane therapy, or punctual occlusion (insertion of punctal plugs). Our doctors will review these options with you during your visit, and select the best procedure for your specific case.
The Benefits of Treatment
Dry eye can be uncomfortable and dramatically affect your overall quality of life. Fortunately, it is treatable for most patients. When prescribed by an experienced doctor, treatment outcomes can usually provide long-term relief from your dry eye symptoms.
Visit Our Practice for Treatment
Our doctors have completed extensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of dry eye. In addition, our practice is one of the only offices in the Bay Area equipped with state-of-the-art technology. With the help of our talented team, you can receive customized treatment that addresses your unique condition at the source rather than temporarily relieving your symptoms. To schedule your consultation, call our Sunnyvale office at (408) 739-6200 or the Santa Clara office at (408) 739-4444. You can also send us a message using our online contact form. Patients can also review our dry eye FAQs for information prior to their appointment.