Dry Eyes

Board Certified Ophthalmologist located in Irvine, CA

Dry Eyes services offered in Irvine, CA

Every once and a while, dry eyes will impact your day. They may come about from environmental factors, such as smoke or dry air. However, if your dry eyes are impairing your ability to get through everyday activities, it’s time for a visit with Irvine Eye Center in Irvine, California. Low tear production is often a culprit for dry eyes, and for symptoms like increased eye watering and irritation, board-certified ophthalmologist Andrew Lee, MD, provides advanced personalized care. Call the practice or book an appointment online for dry eyes relief today.

Dry Eyes Q&A

What are dry eyes?

Dry eyes almost always result from an issue with your eyes’ tear production. You may not produce enough tears, or the tears you produce are chemically imbalanced. In either case, irritation may occur, and the lack of adequate tears can cause damage to the surface of your eye. Indeed, having prolonged dry eyes could be a sign of a clinical ophthalmological issue.


Some people experience dry eyes from time to time due to certain conditions, irritants, or environments. For example, you might get dry eyes when you fly in an airplane or when the weather gets colder. Too much screen time is another common factor. 

Irvine Eye Center provides a detailed eye exam and evaluation using advanced diagnostic equipment to determine the cause of your dry eyes and form an effective treatment plan. 

What are the main symptoms of dry eyes?

Dry eyes can come with various symptoms, including a few that might surprise you. For example, your eyes might water a lot when they’re dry and irritated in an attempt to compensate for the lack of lubrication. Other common dry eyes symptoms include:


  • Eye itching or irritation 
  • Red eyes
  • Light sensitivity
  • Mucus in and around your eyes
  • The feeling that something is stuck in your eye
  • Eye fatigue
  • Blurry vision
  • Trouble putting in your contact lenses 


Some of these symptoms might arrive for just a short time before naturally going away when your environment changes. If you experience prolonged symptoms of dry eyes, it’s time to schedule a visit to Irvine Eye Center for a diagnostic exam. 

How are dry eyes treated?

Dry eye therapy is tailored to your individual needs, as the condition is different for everyone. Your provider at Irvine Eye Center recommends treatment based on the severity of your symptoms and the suspected cause or causes of the condition. 


After a comprehensive eye exam, they may recommend treatment with the following:


  • Tear-stimulating medications
  • Artificial tears
  • Eye inserts that work like artificial tears
  • Medications to reduce inflammation in or around your eyes
  • Eye drops made from a sample of your blood
  • A procedure to close your tear ducts


To prevent dry eyes in the first place or to ease the symptoms when they first show up, you should reduce screen time, avoid smoke, or use a humidifier in your home. 


If you experience dry eyes and irritation, personalized care can restore your eyes’ lubrication. Call Irvine Eye Center or schedule a comprehensive eye exam online today.