Every time you blink, the front surface of your eyes (the cornea) is bathed with a thin layer of tears. In addition to providing lubrication, these tears reduce the risk of eye infection, wash away foreign matter and keep the cornea smooth and clear.
The body is set up to deal with an overproduction of tears – the excess moisture flows into the small drainage ducts located in the inner corners of the eyelids and from there, it drains into the back of the nose.
When there aren’t enough tears or when the tears that are produced are of a poor quality,
however, the body has no response. That makes dry eye a common problem – especially in older adults. In many patients, it’s also a chronic problem.
Dr. Kathy Chriqui of Chatsworth Optometrics, a full-service eye clinic in Northridge, CA, is an eye doctor that countless patients in Chatsworth, the North Hills and the surrounding San Fernando Valley have trusted to help them manage a dry-eye condition.
If your eyes feel irritated, gritty or scratchy or you suffer from a burning sensation or blurred vision, you may be experiencing dry eye. Other common symptoms include blurred vision or a feeling that you have something in your eye.
Usually, a comprehensive eye exam is all that is needed to diagnose dry eye. In some cases, Dr. Chriqui may recommend additional testing to assess the quantity and quality of tear production.
If you have questions or concerns about dry eye and would like to speak to a doctor in Chatsworth, Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley or Northridge, please call 818-882- 9300 or schedule an appointment with Dr. Chriqui online.