Dry Eyes Specialist

C. Gene Wilkins, O.D. -  - Optometrist

C. Gene Wilkins, O.D.

Optometrist located in Los Alamitos, CA

Dry eyes are a common problem that affects nearly half of all Americans over age 18. At Dr. C. Gene Wilkins, Optometrist in Cypress, California, Dr. Wilkins specializes in diagnosing and treating the underlying cause of your dry eyes. If you regularly have red, irritated eyes, Dr. Wilkins conducts a thorough exam to determine what’s causing your symptoms. Dry eye syndrome isn’t a condition you have to live with indefinitely: Help is available. Call the friendly team at Dr. Wilkins’ office to schedule an appointment or book one online.

Dry Eyes Q & A

What causes dry eyes?

When you have a lack of adequate moisture on the surface of your eyes or a poor quality of tears, you can experience the symptoms of dry eyes or dry eye syndrome. There are several reasons you may have dry eyes, including:

  • Poor tear quality
  • Dry corneas and conjunctiva —  the clear membrane that covers your eyes’ surface
  • Blepharitis — inflammation and swelling of the eyelids

When the glands in your eyes that manufacture your tears don’t function optimally or don’t produce the right combination of tear components, it can lead to a reduced volume of tears or poor quality of tears. As a result, you may experience severely dry eyes and discomfort, especially if you’re in a dry environment or are looking at a computer screen for several hours a day.

What are the symptoms of dry eyes?

Symptoms usually affect both eyes and often include:

  • Light sensitivity
  • Eye redness
  • Trouble wearing contact lenses
  • Trouble driving at night
  • A stinging, burning sensation in your eyes
  • Eye fatigue
  • Blurry vision
  • Eye mucus
  • Itchy eyes

The symptoms of dry eyes can make your eyes feel gritty or heavy on a regular basis.

How do you treat dry eyes?

Depending on the underlying cause of your dry eyes, Dr. Wilkins uses different techniques to provide relief. After a thorough exam to determine whether you’re not producing enough tears or you have poor tear quality, Dr. Wilkins may prescribe eye drops to add moisture to your eyes and to function as artificial tears to keep your eyes lubricated. Additionally, if your eyes are inflamed, Dr. Wilkins may prescribe medications that increase tear production and lower your risk of damaging your cornea.

In more severe cases of dry eye syndrome, you may need to use corticosteroid eye drops to stimulate tear production. Eating a well-balanced diet of proteins and omega-3 fatty acids or taking supplements may also enhance the oil content in your eyes. You can also make environmental changes such as adding a humidifier to your home to keep the air moist and limiting the time you spend in front of a computer screen.

Dr. Wilkins will develop a treatment plan that works best for you and provides long-term relief from the annoying symptoms of dry eyes.

To learn more, call the office or schedule an eye exam using the convenient online booking tool.