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What Does It Mean If I Have Chronic Dry Eye Syndrome?

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Whether you’re happy or sad, tears can fill your eyes. Along with expressing your emotions, tears play the important role of keeping your eyes moist so you can see clearly and comfortably. When you don’t have enough tears or your tear composition is unhealthy, your eyes can dry out – leading to chronic dry eye syndrome and the painful symptoms it brings.

Looking for relief from irritating dry eye? If you experience stinging, redness, a gritty feeling, light sensitivity, or blurry vision, our eye doctors can help! We offer specialized eye exams to diagnose dry eye syndrome, find the cause, and recommend the most effective personalized treatment. Visit our eye care offices in Citrus Heights, Gold River, Rocklin, Folsom, and Sacramento, California , for lasting relief from dry eye syndrome.

What’s wrong with my tears?

Tears are composed of water, oils, mucus, and antibodies to prevent infection. Special glands around your eyes produce tears. When you have dry eye syndrome, your tear system isn’t working at its best – so either your glands don’t make enough tears or the composition isn’t balanced.

What throws the tear-flow system out of whack?

It may be as simple as having insufficient moisture in your environment, sometimes from an a/c or heater. Other causes include natural aging (menopause in women), side effects of drugs, diseases that affect tear production, and sleeping with your eyelids slightly open. To pinpoint the precise cause of your dry eye syndrome to determine the most helpful treatment for your condition, our eye doctors will perform a thorough eye exam in Citrus Heights, Gold River, Rocklin, Folsom, and Sacramento, California .

At EYEcenter Optometric, we put your family's needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 916-727-6518 or book an appointment online to see one of our Citrus Heights eye doctors.

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