Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Dry Eyes In Los Angeles

I live in the Los Angeles area, and I treat a lot of patients for dry eyes. Dry eye syndrome in Los Angeles is a very common problem. Put basically, it is a condition whereby the surface of the eye does not have enough moisture. People who suffer from dry eye syndrome in Los Angeles can have problems ranging from minor, but constant, irritation to chronic inflammation of the anterior (front) tissues of the eyes. Having a good Los Angeles eye doctor can help you with the problem.
The medical term for dry eyes is keratitis sicca. It refers to the fact that some people develop a tendancy to produce less, or no, tears for moisture. Keratoconjuctivitis sicca refers to a dry eye condition that ends up affecting the cornea and conjunctiva.
So, what are the symptoms of dry eyes? You may have a problem with dry eyes if you have persistent dryness in your eyes, and/or a persistent scratching and burning sensation. Often, people will have tried liquid tears to no complete effect. Another symptom of dry eyes can be a nagging and persistent feeling of having a foreign body in the eye.
Dry eye syndrome in Los Angeles can be affected by our climate, our issues with the environment, and our issues with pollutants in the air. We live in a big city, and there are inherent issues like pollution, allergens, etc., that we live with. Whatever the case, dry eyes need to be treated by a competent Los Angeles eye doctor.

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