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Are your eyes burning, itchy, or gritty?

You might have dry eye syndrome.

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What Is Dry Eye Syndrome? (DES)

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Dry eye syndrome (DES) occurs when tear production and drainage are not in balance. People with dry eyes either do not produce enough tears or their tears are of poor quality. The result? Unpleasant symptoms, including itching, burning, redness, watery eyes, excessive tearing—and even eye pain.

Dry eyes can also increase your risk for more serious eye problems like corneal ulcers.

Dr. Harold Ashcraft can diagnose the cause of your dry eyes and provide long lasting soothing relief.

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How to Know If You Have Dry Eye Syndrome

Do any of these symptoms seem familiar?

Gritty, itchy, or stinging eyes
Gritty, itchy, or stinging eyes
Excessive tearing and discharge
Excessive tearing and discharge
Eyes that feel tired or dry
Eyes that feel tired or dry
Increased light sensitivity
Increased light sensitivity
Regularly using eye drops
Regularly using eye drops
Discomfort in the eyes that worsens as the day progresses
Discomfort that worsens as the day goes on

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How Do I Prevent Dry Eye Symptoms?

Suffering from dry eye disease not only diminishes your quality of life but also makes daily activities such as reading, doing sports, or driving, a real struggle. Get to the root of your dry eyes by contacting us for a full diagnosis and a treatment plan that’s right for you. In the meanwhile, here are a few things you can do to help temporarily relieve dry eye symptoms.

Omega 3

Eat foods high in omega-3 fatty acids. This helps produce oils in your tears and slow evaporation.

The 20-20-20 Rule

Extensive screen time can result in dryness and eye irritation. Take a 20-second break from your digital device or computer every 20 minutes and look at something 20 feet away.

And make sure to blink more often, especially when you’re using a screen for a long stretch.

Position Fans Far Away

Position air vents, fans and heaters so that they don’t blow directly into your eyes and dry them out.

Why Do I Wake Up With Dry Eyes Every Morning?

Do you routinely wake up in the morning with red, dry, itchy-feeling eyes? There are a lot of reasons why this might happen. The most common reasons include:

  • Nocturnal lagophthalmos- This is the inability to fully close the eyelids when sleeping. It’s thought to be caused primarily by the weakness of the seventh cranial nerve, also known as the facial nerve. This can happen as a result of an injury to the jaw or skull, or to the artery that supplies blood to the face. It can also happen as a result of Bell’s Palsy, a temporary weakness of the muscles of the face.


  • Poor tear quality- Healthy tears contain three distinct layers to keep the eye properly hydrated: oil, water and mucus. The water directly hydrates the eye, while the oil slows evaporation, and the mucus helps spread the tears evenly across the eye. Unfortunately, sometimes a person’s tears don’t have enough of these components, causing the tears to either not hydrate or spread out properly, or causing them to evaporate too fast.


  • Low tear production- Even if your tears have all the right components, if there aren’t enough of them, your eyes can be left feeling very dry. There are several reasons why your eye may not be producing enough tears, including age, medical history and side effects from medications.

If you’re tired of dealing with dry eyes every morning, come speak to our eye doctors today.

Want Relief From Dry Eye?

First Step:

Request an appointment online or give us a call. We offer convenient hours so that you can choose a time that works well with your schedule.

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Second Step:
Come In For Your Dry Eye Exam

Our Los Angeles dry eye treatment team is experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of dry eye syndrome. Dr. Harold Ashcraft will assess the cause of your dry eyes, and find the perfect solution to address your specific needs.

Third Step:
Enjoy Comfortable Vision

From eye drops to in-office treatments, our optometrists have what it takes to make sure your eyes feel great. Pop on in and feel the difference for yourself!

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Dry Eye Causes

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blocked oil glands
Blocked Oil Glands

Tears evaporate too quickly without an oil layer.

Excessive tearing and discharge

Women have dry eye syndrome more often.

Eyes that feel tired or dry

Those over 50 are at increased risk.

Increased light sensitivity

Windy, dry environments can cause symptoms.

Regularly using eye drops

Medications, like antidepressants, can also cause dry eyes.

Discomfort in the eyes that worsens as the day progresses
Auto-Immune Disorders

Some diseases may dry out your eyes.

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Dr. Harold Ashcraft OD

Dr. Harold Ashcraft has received two Bachelor of Science Degrees with Honors as well as his Doctor of Optometry Degree with Distinction (1984). He is a member of Phi Eta Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, and Beta Sigma Kappa honor societies. He is also a member of the American, California and...

Have More Questions About Dry Eyes? | FAQ

Is there a cure for dry eye syndrome?

Unfortunately, there is no permanent cure for dry eye syndrome. However, there are a number of effective ways to prevent or treat symptoms. Make an appointment today with our trusted optometrists in Westchester, Los Angeles for evaluation and personalized treatment options.

What is the main cause of dry eye syndrome?

Dry eye syndrome commonly occurs because your eyes are not producing enough tears, or the tears being produced don’t contain the proper components to keep the eyes hydrated. An eye doctor can perform tests to determine what is causing your dry eyes, and how to treat the symptoms.

Can dry eye syndrome cause blindness?

Yes. In extreme circumstances, dry eyes can result in scratches on the eye that leave scars on the cornea. This scarring can make it difficult for the eye to focus incoming light, obscuring vision. This may eventually result in permanent vision damage or blindness if not treated properly.

Don’t wait for dry eye syndrome to worsen. Take action today by booking your appointment with Family Eyecare Center of Optometry in Westchester, Los Angeles.