Dry Eye Treatment in Walnut Creek

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What Is Dry Eye?

Dry eye occurs when your eyes either do not produce enough tears or produce low-quality tears.

This condition is common among adults and is typically chronic. However, many treatment options are available to help reduce dryness and preserve your eye health.

Dry eyes are usually diagnosed during a comprehensive eye exam, focusing on the quantity and quality of the tears your eyes produce. Your optometrist can provide personalized treatment options to help maintain your comfort and eye health.

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Common Dry Eye Symptoms

Dry eyes can be very uncomfortable. Your eyes may burn, sting, or feel like they have something in them. You may also experience blurred vision, eye fatigue, or excessive tearing.

Other common symptoms include:

  • Redness
  • Gritty eyes
  • Light sensitivity
  • Difficulty wearing contact lenses
  • Eye irritation 

What Causes Dry Eye?

The tear film is a thin layer that covers the surface of your eyes and helps keep them moist and protected. It is made up of 3 layers: oil, water, and mucus. 

Each component is produced in different areas of your eyes, and each layer is essential for a healthy tear film to protect and nourish the surface of your eye. Dry eye occurs when there’s a dysfunction in one layer. 

There are many causes for dry eye, including age, certain medications, medical conditions, environmental factors, and excessive screen time. Other eye diseases and conditions can also contribute to dry eyes.

How Can We Help Soothe Your Dry Eyes?

We know dry eyes can cause quite some pain, but helping you find relief and comfort and maintaining your eye health is our top priority. 

We provide many options to help protect your eye health and preserve your vision in the long run.

Meibomian Gland Expression

Most patients with dry eyes also have meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). MGD occurs when there’s an issue with the tiny glands in your eyelids that create the oil layer of your tears.

Meibomian gland expression is a procedure that involves gently applying pressure to your eyelids to express the clogged glands and improve the flow of oil to help alleviate dry eye symptoms and improve tear film stability.

Omega-3 fatty acids can help support overall eye health and reduce inflammation. They can be found naturally in different types of fish or dietary supplements like fish oil.

Prescription eye drops cater to severe dry eye symptoms by reducing inflammation and helping you produce more quality tears.

Get Relief Today

You don’t have to sit with the sting and discomfort of dry eyes. At Insight Vision Care Optometry, you have various treatment options and a team of experienced optometrists who personalize your care.

The sooner you book an appointment, the faster you can get relief.

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Our Location

Our Address

Our office is located in the Financial Plaza on Ygnacio Valley Road between Broadway and Civic Drive.

  • 675 Ygnacio Valley Rd., Suite B103
  • Walnut Creek, California 94596

Hours of Operation

  • Monday: 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:00 AM 7:00 PM
  • Thursday: 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: 8:30 AM 1:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed
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