Dry Eyes

Dr. Richlin, O.D. & Associates

Optometrists located in Beverly Hills, CA

If scratchy, dry eyes and blurry vision are keeping you from enjoying the activities you love, perhaps it’s time to explore your treatment options at a practice dedicated to optimal eye care. Dr. Richlin, OD & Associates in Beverly Hills, California, offers the latest treatment options for dry eye. Find out more by calling or scheduling an online consultation today.

Dry Eyes Q & A

Dr. Richlin, O.D. & Associates

What is dry eye?

Dry eye is a common eye condition, affecting more than 10 million people in the United States. With dry eye, your tear ducts don’t make enough tears to lubricate and nourish your eyes. Your eyes feel dry, scratchy, gritty, burning, or uncomfortable. Your eyes might water excessively or you might feel like something is in your eye.

Tears are essential for good eye health, reducing your risk of eye infection, keeping your eyes free of dust and debris, and providing clear vision. But when your eyes are dry, your vision may be worse than normal.

How is dry eye diagnosed?

Your optometrist at Dr. Richlin, OD & Associates performs a medical evaluation to help determine which dry eye treatment is right for you. The team will assess the quality and quantity of the tears you’re currently producing.

 

They also may:

  • Record your visual health history
  • Measure visual abilities at short and long distances
  • Test eye coordination and focusing skills
  • Examine your eyelid structure and blink dynamics
  • Evaluate your cornea and eyelids with magnifiers and intense light
  • Apply special dyes to observe tear flow and uncover changes in the eye’s outer surface from a lack of tears

 

Your optometrist also will take note of any medications, medical issues, or environmental factors that might be related to your condition.

How is dry eye treated?

You may be able to improve your condition by blinking frequently, increasing the humidity at your home and office, drinking plenty of water, and wearing sunglasses outdoors to protect your eyes from sun and wind.

Because dry eyes are a chronic condition, the practitioners at Dr. Richlin, OD & Associates may suggest using over-the-counter eye drops to keep your eyes lubricated and clear. If eye drops aren’t helping, they may recommend other options, including:

 

  • Prescription eye drops to increase the number of tears
  • Prescription ointments or eye drops to reduce inflammation around your eyes
  • Blocking your tear ducts with tiny plugs or surgery to keep your tears in your eyes

 

If you’d like the comfort of clear, irritation-free vision, call or schedule a consultation today with the skilled optometrists at Dr. Richlin, OD & Associates.

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