Dry Eye FAQs

If you are one of the many people who struggle with dry eye, you know how frustrating this condition can be. At Innovative Eye Care in Bakersfield, CA, we can provide you with a thorough evaluation as well as treatment options for dry eye. The following are several frequently asked questions regarding dry eye.


What is Dry Eye?

Dry eye is a condition that occurs when the tear ducts are not making adequate lubrication for the eyes. Symptoms will often include burning, itching, redness, and sensitivity to light. You may have mucous around the edges of your eyes. Other symptoms might include blurry vision and difficulty driving at night.

What Causes Dry Eye?

A lack of natural tears leaves the eyes dry and irritated. Sometimes this condition is related to age. Other causes may be related to medical conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, or thyroid disorders. You may also experience dry eyes temporarily after Laser surgery.

Is Dry Eye Serious?

This is a condition that is usually more annoying than serious. Some complications, however, can occur. Without an adequate coating of tears, your eyes may be more susceptible to infections. Inflammation or even damage can occur to the eyes without enough tears.

How is Dry Eye Treated?

The first step is to take preventative methods to reduce the chance of suffering from dry eye.

  • Use a Humidifier - Using a humidifier in your home can help keep the air moist and reduce dryness in your eyes. It is also important to try not to blow air from car heaters, hairdryers, or fans directly into your eyes.
  • Reposition Your Computer - Make sure to position any screen you are looking at below eye level. You will not open your eyes as wide if your screen is below eye level. This may slow the evaporation of tears.

If your eyes are still dry you may want to try over-the-counter eye drops. If this still does not solve the problem, you'll want to schedule an appointment with an optometrist. An optometrist can recommend the best treatment plan to meet your specific needs.

How Can Innovative Eye Care Help?

At Innovative Eye Care, we can treat dry eye as well as a variety of other eye conditions you may be suffering from. We can provide a complete eye health evaluation. We also treat pediatric patients. Our website provides online forms to complete at your convenience at home. Contact us at Innovative Eye Care in Bakersfield, CA to schedule an appointment.


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