Published: 2023-05-16

At Benjamin Eye Institute, we wish for our patients to learn as much as possible when it comes to conditions and treatments we offer, such as cataracts and cataract surgery. Below is a list of our most frequently asked questions.

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DRY EYES Frequently Asked Questions

What is Dry Eye?

Dry eye is a syndrome caused by poor lubrication and inadequate moisture on thesurface of the eye.

What Causes Dry Eye?

Many factors contribute to dry eye. These factors can include aging, excessivecomputer use, air pollution, wind, medications, and certain medical conditions or eyesurgeries.

How Common is Dry Eye Syndrome?

Dry eyes are very common. In fact, dry eye syndrome is one of the most commonreasons people visit their eye doctor. Nearly half of all adults regularly experience dryeye syndrome.

What are the Symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome?

Symptoms of dry eye syndrome include a burning sensation of the eyes and feelings ofsoreness, itchiness, dryness, aching, and fatigue of the eyes. Other symptoms includered eyes, sensitivity to light, and blurred vision. Some people feel like they have sand orgrit in their eyes.

What are the Causes of Dry Eye Syndrome?

Dry eyes are usually the result poor quality or quantity of tears, which is a liquid thatkeeps the eye lubricated. Tears bathe the eyes in fluid and nutrients, and rinse awaydirt, debris, and microorganisms that could cause eye infections.

How do Eye Doctors Diagnose Dry Eye Syndrome?

Eye care professionals can diagnose dry eye syndrome by measuring the volume oftears produced by your eyes. An eye doctor may place special blotting strips of paper under your lower eyelid; these paper strips soak up tears so that your eye doctor canmeasure how much tears your eyes produce.

What are the treatments for dry eyes?

Treatments for dry eyes may include punctual plugs that prevent tears from drainingaway from the eye, lubricants, topical steroids, and warm compresses.

Can I Wear Contacts if I Have Dry Eye Syndrome?

Wearing contact lenses can contribute to dry eye syndrome. In fact, dry eyes are one ofthe main reasons many people stop wearing their contact lenses. Fortunately, severaldifferent types of contact lenses allow you to wear these lenses even if you have dryeyes. Ask your eye care professional if soft contact lenses for dry eyes or scleralcontact lenses that fit over the entire corneal surface of your eye are right for you.

What Do I Do if I Think I have Dry Eyes?

If you think you have dry eyes, make an appointment with the eye care professionals atBenjamin Eye Institute in LA. Make an appointment at our Beverly Hills Location at 9201West Sunset Boulevard Suite 709 West Hollywood, CA 900