American Eye Associates
Dry Eye Specialist San Diego, CA & Imperial County

Dry Eye In San Diego, CA

Services Offered

Dry eye can be a frustrating and uncomfortable condition to live with on a day-to-day basis. The board-certified ophthalmologists at American Eye Associates and California Retina Associates are dedicated to ensuring you can see clearly and live comfortably with the most up-to-date diagnostic services and treatments. We are proud to offer a variety of diagnostic services and treatments for dry eye to men and women in San Diego, Chula Vista, and the neighboring communities of Imperial County, California.

At American Eye Associates and California Retina Associates, we offer a wide range of cutting-edge treatments, expert surgical techniques, and the latest diagnostic services that will help you live your most healthy and comfortable life. We are happy to offer ophthalmology services to men and women in San Diego, Chula Vista, and the surrounding areas of Imperial County, California. Contact us to schedule your one-on-one consultation with one of our expert ophthalmologists today.

Say Goodbye to Dry Eyes

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are The Symptoms Of Dry Eye?

When a person has dry eye, these are the typical symptoms:

  • Stinging or burning eyes
  • Stringy mucus in or around the eyes
  • Excessive tearing
  • Excessive eye irritation in windy or smoky conditions
  • Scratchiness on the eyes
  • Discomfort wearing contact lenses

Why Does Tear Quality Matter?

Every time your eye blinks, a film of tears washes down the front of the eyeball, keeping it smooth and clear. When healthy, these tears consist of three layers: an oily layer, a watery layer, and a mucus layer. The oily layer, produced by the Meibomian glands, is the outside layer. Its purpose it to reduce tear evaporation and smooth the tear surface. In the middle is the watery layer we usually associate with tears. The lacrimal gland produces this layer that cleanses and washes out any foreign particles or irritants. The inner layer consists of mucus produced by the conjunctiva. Mucus allows the tears to adhere to the eyeball.

Tears need to have all three layers to perform their function on the eyes.

    What Causes Dry Eye?

    Dry eye can result from various problems. As we age, everyone’s tear production drops. This is especially true of women after menopause. Often, tear quality is diminished when the Meibomian gland is blocked because tears evaporate too quickly from the eye without the protection of the outer oil layer. A variety of medications can also reduce tear production: antihistamines, diuretics, beta-blockers, sleeping pills, nerve medications, and pain relievers.

    Dry eye really comes down to one of these (or a combination of) three problems:

    • Lack of saline water
    • Dysfunctional Meibomian oil glands
    • Inflammation of the glands that make the saline water and oil

    Tears need to have all three layers to perform their function on the eyes.

      What Are Some Available Dry Eye Treatments?

      • Lipiflow: LipiFlow is a thermal pulsation system for treating evaporative dry eye caused by poor tear quality. LipiFlow applies controlled heat to the inner eyelids to open blocked Meibomian glands, improving the quality of the patient’s tears and alleviating dry eye.
      • Restasis/Xidra: Are eye drop medications which can help reduce the symptoms of dry eye.
      • Amniotic Membrane: An amniotic membrane, the inner layer of the fetal membrane, has anti-inflammatory, anti-fibrotic, anti-angiogenic, and anti-microbial properties. It is used for severe cases of dry eye that don’t respond to other treatment options. Amniotic membrane placement is not used for patients with mild dry eye who do not have corneal changes.
      • Punctal Plugs: Punctal plugs are tiny devices that are placed in the eye’s tear ducts (called puncta). Puncta are the tiny openings that drain tears from your eyes. About the size of a grain of rice, the plug stops fluid from draining from the eye. This helps keep the eye’s surface moist and comfortable, relieving itchy, burning and red eyes.
      • Artificial Tears and Ointments: Lubricating eye drops, also called artificial tears, provide moisture and relief for dry eyes due to temporary causes, like being tired or being in a dry climate. Such eyedrops may be used to treat dry eyes that result from aging, certain medications, a medical condition, eye surgery, or environmental factors, such as smoky or windy conditions.

        Testimonials from our Beloved patients

        Dr. Mani and the entire staff of retina associates have always provided excellent Opthalmology attention with exceptional service that has exceeded my expectations. I will be forever grateful to Dr. Mani he performed extensive procedures on both eyes when necessary. Dr. Mani is absolutely the very best doctor whom I have ever known. May he be blessed now and always. Thank you!
        Katrina