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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 the surface of the eye.

What Causes Dry Eye?

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

How Common is Dry Eye Syndrome?

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

What are the Symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome?

Symptoms of dry eye syndrome include a burning sensation of the eyes and feelings of soreness, itchiness, dryness, aching, and fatigue of the eyes. Other symptoms include red eyes, sensitivity to light, and blurred vision. Some people feel like they have sand or grit 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 that keeps the eye lubricated. Tears bathe the eyes in fluid and nutrients, and rinse away dirt, 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 of tears 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 can measure 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 draining away 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 of the main reasons many people stop wearing their contact lenses. Fortunately, several different types of contact lenses allow you to wear these lenses even if you have dry eyes. Ask your eye care professional if soft contact lenses for dry eyes or scleral contact 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 at Benjamin Eye Institute in LA. Make an appointment at our Beverly Hills Location at 9201 West Sunset Boulevard Suite 709 West Hollywood, CA 900

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    Doe G.
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    Wow! I just had surgery by Dr. Benjamin  yesterday. Today I have 20-20, in that eye. Painless & perfect. I had no Idea, what I had been missing.
    Wonderful eye institute. Delightful & very efficient & up to date staff. Especially Myka. Treat yourself to good eye sight by the charming Dr. Benjamin. You will be in good hands.

  • Matt P.
    West Hollywood, CA
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    I have had dry eyes for a quite sometime and had seen several physicians and got eye drops etc but not until I have seen  Dr. Benjamin I found how serious problem that it was. I had the most thorough and individual attention by Dr. Benjamin. He explained to me my problem and treatment options available. Dr. Benjamin and His staff  are very caring and they spend as much time with you as needed and one feels taken care of. I was given state of the art treatment for my dry eyes and my eyes went from feeling tired , red , scratchy and itchy to brilliantly glowing clear. Office is very serene and staff is attentive, pleasant and smiling. Dr. Benjamin is very down to earth and explains thoroughly that one understands what alis them. I will definitely  keep coming back for all my eye issues.

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    Renee T.
    Los Angeles, CA
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    I wish I had come to Dr. Benjamin years ago!!!

    I have been hopping around between 3 eye doctors in the last few years complaining of severe eye pain, redness - so bad I haven't been able to wear contacts for a year. Every other doctor made a diagnosis in 2 minutes, prescribed a few things and sent me on my way. Nothing helped and the doctors kept saying my eyes looked fine despite my symptoms. Finally I saw Dr. Benjamin, and he listened to my concerns from top to bottom and did tests the other doctors never did! He made a brand new diagnosis which finally makes sense and fits my symptoms. He spent almost an hour with me which is unbelievable. I am so impressed with this place, even the front desk and other staff were so friendly. I'm so relieved and am looking forward to making a recovery with Dr. Benjamin and eventually getting LASIK.

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