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Dr. Tracy believes patient care comes first. At Carlsbad Eye Care, you will never have an assistant perform your procedure. Dr. Tracy is 100% hands on and present for every consultation, procedure, and post-operative visit. For more information on dry eye syndrome, or to book an appointment with Dr. Tracy, please book your appointment online or call (760) 603-9910. If you would like to learn more about dry eye syndrome and how it affects you, please continue reading below or visit the dry eye syndrome page on Mayo Clinic!
 
Dry Eye Syndrome (DES) is one of the most common eye disorders. The most common cause that ophthalmologists see in cases of dry eye disease is meibomian gland dysfunction. The meibomian glands produce the lipid layer of the tear film, which prevents the premature evaporation of tears.

Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) leads to inflammation and bacterial infiltration of the gland. The bacteria contain lipases that alter the polarity of the tear and allow its quick evaporation, as well as further block the meibomian glands. This results in blurred vision, eye pain, irritation and redness, and swollen eyelids.
 

 
Punctal Plugs Treatment for Dry Eye Syndrome
 
Treatments for mild cases of dry eyes can include lifestyle changes and using artificial tear eye drops. Preservative-free eye drops are available for people who are sensitive to the preservatives in artificial tears. If you need to use artificial tears more than every two hours, you should consult an ophthalmologist.

Your ophthalmologist may suggest that you use a prescription medication. One such medication, cyclosporine, works by stimulating tear production. Steroid eye drops may also be used, but are generally not recommended for long-term treatment. Other treatment options include gels and ointments, as well as punctual occlusion therapy.
 
 
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  Seasonal Dry Eye: Prevention and Treatment Tips

 
It’s that time of the year! You want to go outside and enjoy the brisk air, that cool winter breeze, yet you don’t want to experience the dry and burning sensation in your eyes that comes along with it. Winter dry eyes can result from the cold winds outside and the heat inside that cause moisture evaporation.

Eyes dry out when moisture evaporation occurs more quickly than our tear glands can produce fluids to maintain the protective, moist coating around our eyes. In order to combat this problem, it’s important to increase the moisture content in your environment in order to counteract the dry air your eyes are exposed to during the winter. So let’s look at some ways of preventing the burning, itchy, dry eye effect that is so common in the winter.

Dry Eye Prevention Tips
To avoid the onset of dry eyes in the winter Dr. Tracy recommends the following:
•  Use a humidifier to prevent fluid evaporation from eyes (and skin).
•  Keep your eyes closed or use moisturizing eye drops in each eye prior to blow-drying your hair.
•  Cut back on the amount of coffee you drink. Coffee contains a mild diuretic that may exacerbate dry eyes.
•  Place your computer screen at eye level because looking up causes the natural tear produced from your eyes to evaporate more quickly, leaving you with itchy, dry eyes.
•  Wear glasses or sunglasses when you are outdoors to prevent the cold winter wind from directly hitting your eyes. You can also wear a brimmed hat or hood to protect your eyes from the winter elements.
•  Avoid dusty or smoke-filled rooms.

But if you are already experiencing symptoms, what can you do to treat dry eyes?


Dry Eye Treatment Tips
Moisture, moisture, and yes more moisture is the key.
•  Keep a bottle of artificial tears (lubricant eye drops) close by, and use often and before bedtime.
•  Give your eyes periodic breaks throughout the day by closing them for five minutes.
•  If you wear contact lenses, switch to wearing glasses at least part-time.
•  Avoid rubbing your eyes because this will only make things worse. Try applying artificial tears and close your eyes for a few minutes instead.
•  If your dry eyes still persist, see an ophthalmologist for further treatment options, such as punctal plugs and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy.

By following these few simple steps, you can get adequate relief from discomfort for many winters to come.
 
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  The 10 Best Ways to Boost Your Eye Health

 


We
should all consider how to treat and care for our eyes. Over 145 million people worldwide have low vision due to untreated eye problems that could be avoided. This number will only increase unless people start to take action against eye disease and take steps to protect their vision.

At Carlsbad Eye Care, we specialize in LASIK and PRK as well as cataracts and dry eye treatment. We also provide general eye exams for patients age 14 or older, performed by Dr. Tracy himself. By adhering to our list of the top ten eye health resolutions for the New Year, you can ensure that you are seeing clearly.



1. Eat right. Eating a healthy diet with plenty of leafy vegetables rich in antioxidants can help you maintain the best quality of vision possible and fight against eye diseases.


2. Wear sunglasses. Even on cloudy or overcast days, protective eye gear is necessary. UV rays and blue light can cause long-term damage to your eyes.


3. Schedule your eye exam. If you’ve been putting off visiting an eye doctor, schedule your annual eye exam today. Annual eye exams are recommended for anyone over the age of 40.


4. Take care of your contacts. Taking out your contacts when you sleep and keeping them clean is the first step to preventing any type of infection caused by contacts.


5. Stop smoking. Smoking is one of the leading causes of macular degeneration, as well as other eye diseases. This year, make an effort to stay away from second-hand smoke and reduce your intake if you are a smoker.


6. Wear safety eyewear. Protect your eyes when you are playing sports, mowing the lawn, or working in a situation where something could get into your eye and possible damage it.


7. Treat dry eyes. If your eyes feel dry or itchy, you could have dry eyes. Talk to your ophthalmologist about the symptoms you are experiencing, even if you think it is just seasonal. Treatment for dry eyes at Carlsbad Eye Care includes punctal plugs, medications, and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy that treats Meibomian gland dysfunction.


8. Utilize a reminder tool for glaucoma drops. If you have glaucoma and take eye drops on a daily basis, set a reminder on your phone to make sure you take your drops at the appropriate time. That way you won’t skip a dose or accidentally double it.


9. Reduce eyestrain. Try rearranging your computer station or talk to Dr. Tracy at Carlsbad Eye Care about lubricating eye drops that can help ease the stra­­­­in on your eyes during the day. It is important to make sure your work space has adequate lighting and you are working at a comfortable distance away from your screen.


10. Take advantage of your FSA and/or health insurance. Most insurance plans cover eye exams. Flexible spending accounts (FSA) also can cover elective services, such as IPL therapy and LASIK or PRK.

 
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  How Smoking Affects the Health of Your Eyes

Contrary to what people believed in the 1950s, we now know that smoking kills. But smoking doesn’t only harm you by damaging your lungs and heart; smoking and tobacco exposure affect the rest of your body too.

eye health smoking carlsbad   In fact, smoking can increase your risk for developing many types of eye diseases and disorders. Due to the thousands of chemicals that act as irritants and carcinogens, smoking can disrupt blood flow, causing serious damage to the eyes. Who’s at risk? Heavy smokers and ex-smokers who have smoked for multiple years are at risk of eye damage from these serious disorders. eye health smoking carlsbad

Macular Degeneration

AMD (acronym for age-related macular degeneration) is defined as a condition that gradually destroys the macula. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association regular smokers have more than double the risk of non-smokers ofdeveloping macular degeneration – a condition from which more than 10 million Americans now suffer. People who have smoked in the past have three times the risk of non-smokers of having a more severe form of macular degeneration. Interestingly, drinking wine in moderate amounts seems to lower a person’s risk of developing the disease.


Dry Eye

In much the same way that alcohol affects the eyes, smoking can cause chronic redness of your eyes. Tobacco smoke, even passive smoke inhaled by children, can alter the tear film of the eyes, exacerbating dry eye syndrome and allergies. Dry eye syndrome is more than twice as likely to affect smokers as non-smokers.

Cataracts

Cataracts are characterized by a clouding of the lens in the eye that causes dimmed, blurry or distorted vision. Smoking may increase your risk for developing cataracts or clouding of the lenses, causing the condition to occur much earlier and possibly much more severely than in people who do not smoke. Smoking reduces the supply of antioxidants in our eyes, which may lead to cataracts. Smokers are three times as likely to develop the variety of cataract that’s the most vision-threatening and twice as likely to get a less disabling form of cataract.

Optic Nerve Damage

The optic nerve is responsible for transmitting visual information from the retina to the brain. The chemicals in tobacco can increase the risk of developing a condition known as toxic optic neuropathy, which is characterized by progressive and painless vision loss. Individuals who smoke, drink heavily and eat a poor diet can also develop a condition called tobacco-alcohol amblyopia. According to the Merck Manuals Online Medical Library, this condition initially causes blurring and dimming of vision. A small but growing spot of vision loss called a scotoma may then develop centrally or peripherally, and progressively interfere with vision.There is some light at the end of the tunnel – when you stop using nicotine products, your vision can improve, as can your circulation. So remember, when you’re creating your list of reasons to quit, don’t forget to add protecting your vision near the top!
 
 
 
Contact A Dry Eye Expert Today

Dry eye is extremely common and can effect anyone. If you suffer from dry eye, please do not hesitate to make an appointment with a board certified specialist. For more information on dry eye syndrome, or to book an appointment with Dr. Tracy, please call (760) 603-9910. 
 
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