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Dry Eyes Need Love? – Check Out Eye Info‎

This can cause a consistent lack of sufficient lubrication and moisture on the surface of the eye, known as dry eyes.

Normally, the eye constantly lubricates itself with tears by producing them at a slow and steady rate, keeping itself moist and comfortable. Usually these tears consist of three layers, an oily, a watery, and a mucus layer. Each layer has a specific role in lubricating your eyes. The oily layer is outermost. It’s main purpose is to slow evaporation of the tear. The watery layer is in the middle. This makes up the majority of what a person normally thinks of as tears. This layer cleans the eye and helps to wash away small foreign objects and particles. The inner layer consists of mucus. This mucus allows the watery layer to stick to the eye and spread evenly over the eye in order to keep it lubricated. In a person with dry eyes, either hormonal changes, side effects from medication or some other factor causes the eye to either not produce enough tears, or leave out parts of the tear that make proper lubrication possible.

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Although dry eyes are not always curable, your optometrist may prescribe artificial tears to help with some of the symptoms. Artificial tears are lubricating eye drops that may help with dry, scratchy feeling eyes. Different artificial tears work in different ways. Some help replenish parts of the tear that your eyes are not producing on its own, others help to produce more tears overall. Your eye doctor will assist you to choose which will help you most.


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“Symptoms of dry eyes include stinging or burning in the eyes, scratchiness, and excessive irritation from smoke or wind. Although it may sound counter-intuitive, the eyes’ response to the consistent irritation caused by dry eyes may also cause a person to experience excessive tearing. In this case, the eye is attempting to flush and lubricate itself by producing more tears, but is unable to do so successfully due to the rate of evaporation or inability to spread the tears properly.”, , San Diego eye doctor.





Some cases of dry eyes are seasonal, such as those which occur as a result of cold, dry winter air. In this case, your eye doctor may recommend wearing sunglasses or goggles when outdoors to reduce your eyes’ exposure to the sun, wind and dust. For indoors, your optometrist may recommend an air cleaner and humidifier to take dust out of the air and add moisture to air which is too dry.

“These artificial tears should not be confused with eye drops that are advertised to ‘get the red out.’ These eye drops may indeed reduce the appearance of redness in your eyes, but this is accomplished by making the blood vessels in your eyes smaller rather than actually lubricating your eyes. As such, these drops can sometimes actually make your symptoms worse. One should also be aware that if you wear contacts, some eye drops require you to take them out before using the drops and wait 15 minutes or more before reinserting your contact lenses.”


Studies have also shown that nutrition may have a part in helping to relieve some symptoms of dry eyes. Your eye doctor may recommend nutritional supplements such as omega-3. Good sources of omega-3 fatty acids are cold-water fish, cod, herring and salmon, as well as flaxseed oil. Mild dehydration can make symptoms worse too, so be sure to drink plenty of water, 100 percent fruit and vegetable juices and milk.

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LASIK & Refractive Surgery Co-Management, Dr. Van Hoose – Ackroyd & Van Hoose Optometry, San Diego, CA

If you’re looking for the best way to finally get rid of your eyeglasses or contacts once and for all, we’re the practice to come to! We are constantly in search of the best and most convenient ways to help you obtain and maintain your best vision, and work closely with some of the best eye surgeons in the area to provide you with state-of-the-art options in LASIK and refractive surgery co-management. Proper co-management includes both pre-op preparation and post-op follow-up to make 100% sure that you are properly prepared and informed about every aspect of your eye surgery, and that you are healing up perfectly and comfortably afterward.

LASIK is the most common vision correction surgery that most eye care professionals provide co-management services for. Its quick and relatively painless recovery are leading factors in why many optometrists recommend LASIK eye surgery to their patients that are looking for independence from their eyeglasses or contact lenses.

During surgery, a small, circular flap is opened in the cornea either with an instrument called a microkeratome or with a laser. The flap is then folded back and a special cool ultraviolet laser is used to gently reshape your cornea. The cornea is reshaped to be flatter to solve nearsightedness, while the cornea is reshaped into a steeper form for farsightedness.

Your eye doctor will set up a pre-op consultation to be sure that LASIK is right for you. If it is determined that LASIK is the right solution to meet your needs, your doctor will be there to answer any questions and concerns you may have about LASIK and will facilitate the scheduling of the surgery itself., Dr. Van Hoose, San Diego eye doctor.

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After your eye surgery, you will return to your optometrist, where follow up appointments will take place with your eye doctor to ensure that your recovery is going as expected and that your eyesight has improved as intended. Any questions you have in terms of post-op recovery will be answered in your first session after surgery, and sight should return within a short period of time, with most patients able to see clearly in just a few days.

The eye surgeon will then set the circular flap of the cornea back in place, and the reshaped cornea should be able to focus incoming light more accurately than before, allowing for noticeably improved eyesight.

For more information about LASIK surgery and co-management, speak to your eye care professional today.

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Pink Eye – Ackroyd & Van Hoose Optometry, Pink Eye, pink eye remedies

Pink Eye, also know as conjunctivitis, is a very common eye condition in which the normally clear mucus membrane that lines the eyelid and eye surface, known as the conjunctiva, becomes swollen and red or pinkish in color.

Most cases of pink eye are caused by viral or bacterial infections, dry eyes from lack of tears or exposure to the elements, chemicals or smoke, or allergies.

Pink eye caused by viruses or bacteria is highly contagious, and keeping it from spreading is extremely important. This is especially true since there is usually no medical treatment, and waiting it out is the only way to be rid of it. Viral and bacterial pink eye is the leading type and is most often spread through poor hand washing or sharing an object like a washcloth or towel with someone that has pink eye.

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With viral and bacterial pink eye, one should expect swelling and itching of the eyelids, watery eyes and clear or slightly thick drainage. This drainage may also cause the eyelids to stick together when a person first wakes up in the morning or after a nap.

This type of pink eye usually runs its course over 5 to 7 days, but has been known to sometimes last as much as 3 weeks and may become ongoing or chronic. A person is usually able to return to work or school as symptoms begin to fade.

Other types of pink eye, caused by non-bacterial and non-viral irritants usually don’t last as long and fade more quickly, with fewer symptoms.

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If you have pink eye, there are a number of steps you can take to prevent spreading it:

  • Wash your hands before or after touching the eyes or face.
  • Do not share eye makeup
  • Do no wear eye makeup while still suffering from pink eye, since you run the risk of re-infecting yourself.
  • Do not wear contact lenses while still infected, since you may make the infection worse or re-infect yourself.
  • Do not share towels, linens, pillows, or handkerchiefs. Use clean linens, towels, and washcloths daily.
  • When cleaning drainage out from your eye, always clean from inside, toward your nose, to the outside, toward your cheek.

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Fortunately, pink eye is not a serious illness, and patience and a bit of caution is all you require, in most cases, to get through it.

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