Dry Eyes FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions About Dry Eyes Answered By Our Fremont Optometrist

At Warm Spring Optometric Group in Fremont CA, our optometry staff meets thousands of people every year who need answers about (and relief from!) their dry eye symptoms.

Woman rubbing her dry eyesWhat is Dry Eye Syndrome? 

Dry eye syndrome occurs when the surface of your eyes become too dry because something disrupts the protective layer of tears normally covering the eyes. Tears may evaporate too quickly, for instance, or they may not be produced enough. Tear production may also be impaired by an underlying inflammatory condition.

What Are The Signs and Symptoms of Dry Eye?

Dry eye syndrome generally involves a range of uncomfortable symptoms, including:

  • Itchy, red, and dry eyes
  • Sore and fatigued eyes
  • Blurry vision
  • Decreased tolerance to bright lights and glare
  • Frequent watery discharge (your body's attempt to compensate) which can leave a residue on eyelashes and eyelids

What Causes Dry Eye?

Dry eye syndrome can be caused by a wide range of issue, including:

  • Eye allergy (often due to pet dander, pollen, dust, and mold)
  • Dry weather
  • Wind
  • Wearing contact lenses for too long
  • Using a computer for too long
  • Exposure to irritants like smoke and airborne chemicals
  • Aging
  • Eye infection, injury, or surgery
  • Autoimmune disorders like lupus, Sjogren's syndrome, and rheumatoid arthritis

How Is Dry Eye Diagnosed? 

An optometrist in Fremont—Dr. Susan M. Pirrone or Dr. Michael F. Fauria—can diagnose your dry eye syndrome by using techniques to examine the external surface of your eyes, assess vision, and collect samples for lab testing. We'll also ask you questions about your personal and family medical history, as well as your lifestyle, to give us additional clues as to what's causing your issues.

Effective treatment is dependent on a proper diagnosis. Most of our patients with dry eye benefit from a combination of techniques such as:

  • Lifestyle modifications (e.g., to avoid environmental allergens)
  • Cool or warm compresses
  • Medicated eye drops to soothe inflammation and restore moisture
  • Peri-operative care for tear duct plugging surgery with an eye surgeon

Can I Wear Contacts If I Have Dry Eye? 

You may be able to wear hard-to-fit contact lenses like scleral lenses if you have dry eye syndrome. Scleral lenses are wide-diameter, allowing their edges to rest on the white parts of your eye. This creates a large fluid-filled reservoir between the lens and the cornea and may help improve moisture.

Ask us about our contact lens exam if interested!

Wondering What's Causing Your Dry Eye Symptoms? Contact Our Fremont Optometrist Staff at Warm Spring Optometric Group

Call us today at (510) 490-0287 to schedule an appointment with an experienced Fremont optometrist at Warm Spring Optometric Group, who can get to the bottom of your uncomfortable dry eye symptoms.


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