Dry eye can impact lives by causing physical discomfort in your eyes. When you notice discomfort that persists for an extended period and does not have a clear cause from your activities, your symptoms may be a sign of dry eye syndrome or chronic dry eye. Recognizing when to consider treatment from a professional at Silicon Valley Eye Physicians in Sunnyvale, CA, can help you determine the appropriate course of action for your situation. In addition to diagnosing and treating dry eye, our team offers services such as:
- Dry Eye
- Dry Eye Causes and Symptoms
- Dry Eye Frequently Asked Questions
- Dry Eye Testing
- Dry Eye Treatment
At our practice, you can also expect an initial evaluation for dry eye during every routine eye exam.
Chronic Dry Eye
Chronic dry eye refers to a lack of quality tears in your eyes. It generally stems from two common problems: you do not produce enough tears or the quality of your tears does not properly hydrate your eyes. In both situations, the problem occurs when the drainage system in your eyes and the tear production in your eyes is not in proper balance.
Multiple factors lead to the condition and may require dry eye treatment. The key is identifying the type of problems your body faces and the specific causes of the problem so you can address the reasons for your discomfort.
How Common is Dry Eye in Sunnyvale, CA?
Dry eye in Sunnyvale, CA is a common condition of the eyes. The most common form of dry eye occurs when the water layer of your tears is not adequate and you develop dry eye syndrome. Essentially, the tears do not have enough water to properly hydrate and maintain the nourishment your eyes require for good health.
In most cases, the condition occurs when the water in your eyes evaporates too quickly or when the protective tears do not spread evenly over the cornea of your eyes. Since dry eyes occur in many situations and due to many different factors, it is a very common condition that may impact your eyes at different stages of your life.
Do Any Groups Have a Higher Risk?
Although the condition can occur at any age due to a variety of factors, dry eye syndrome or chronic dry eyes are more likely to occur in older men and women or those who take certain medications. Women are also more likely than men to experience dry eye symptoms due to hormonal changes during pregnancy or related situations.
Symptoms and Causes of Chronic Dry Eye
The reasons you develop chronic dry eye can depend on several factors. It is a common problem for individuals over 65 who can experience some dry eye symptoms at different times. It can also develop when you take certain medications or as a direct result of your environment. If you live in a dry climate or an area with high levels of wind, you may develop the symptoms. You should also be aware that using contact lenses or going through a laser surgery for your eyes can contribute to the symptoms.
Common symptoms of the condition include:
- A stinging, burning or itchy sensation in your eyes
- Stringy mucus in your eyes
- Light sensitivity
- Feeling like you constantly have something in your eyes, even after ensuring you do not have anything in your eyes
- Blurred vision or eye fatigue
- Discomfort while wearing contacts
- Watery eyes
As a general rule, seek treatment at our clinic if the symptoms persist for an extended period. Do not ignore the symptoms, since they may worsen over time.
Silicon Valley Eye Physicians
Silicon Valley Eye Physicians is a leading vision care provider that has been serving the community for over 60 years. Our doctors are members of prestigious organizations, including:
- The American Academy of Ophthalmology
- The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
- The Cornea Society
- The California Optometric Association
We are happy to conduct examinations and make diagnoses over the phone using our telemedicine service. To schedule in-person exams for your entire family, call our Sunnyvale office at (408) 739-6200 or request an appointment online.