Dry Eyes on the Rise
Thank you for your interest in our state-of-the-art Dry Eye Rejuvenation Center. Dry eye disease has become extraordinarily commonplace in today’s fast-paced digital world, and our aim is to use evidence-based medicine to manage this disease, without prescription medications, whenever possible.
In our Dry Eye Rejuvenation Center, our optometrists begin by using advanced diagnostic technology to detect and stage your dry eye disease. This objective data, in conjunction with your subjective symptoms, enables our optometrists to recommend the most appropriate course to navigate your dry eye journey.
Our Dry Eye Rejuvenation Program
The bedrock of our program is the executive report from the Tear Film & Ocular Surface Society – Dry Eye Workshop II (TFOS DEWS II). This report, published in 2017, provides practitioners with a roadmap on how to manage dry eye and ocular surface disease based on a patient’s signs and symptoms.
We began using this roadmap in 2018 and have spent the last 4 years investing in the latest technology and refining our approach to dry eye management. While dry eye management might appear to be as simple as handing out the latest sample of artificial tears, this band-aid approach has failed the millions of patients that suffer from true dry eye and ocular surface disease. To truly manage this disease and make a real difference in patients’ lives, we need to address the underlying causes of the disease and attempt to heal the patient from within.
With our Dry Eye Rejuvenation program, we’ve constructed manageable plans for our dry eye patients based on the severity of their disease. And in the majority of our cases, we can successfully manage dry eye and ocular surface disease without the use of prescription medications.
If you would like to schedule a dry eye workup and see for yourself what your journey to dry eye relief will look like, give our office a call. Dr. Bittel Jr. or Dr. Honda will review your diagnostic testing, stage your condition, and recommend and explain what your management plan will look like and why we’re doing what we’re doing. Take the first step towards relief and call the office or email Dr. Bittel personally today!
Dry eye symptoms may be your first indication that something is amiss with your tear film. This disease can present itself in any of the following ways:
- Stinging or burning sensation in the eye
- Stringy discharge from the eye
- Light sensitivity
- Eye redness
- Feeling like there’s something in your eye
- Difficulty tolerating contact lenses
- Difficulty driving at night
- Excessively watery eyes
- Blurred vision
- Eye fatigue
These symptoms can emerge for several reasons, from environmental factors to hormonal changes. Here’s a snapshot of some causes that lead to dry eyes:
- certain medications, including hormone replacement therapy, antidepressants, and birth control
- certain systemic conditions or diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis and thyroid issues
- blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelids)
- refractive surgery
- environmental factors (pollution, weather)
- hormonal changes
How We Can Help
We strive to give our clients the best quality eye care, so we invest in modern technology and treatments to restore your eye health and comfort. Dry eye symptoms can hinder your well-being, so we have the following treatments to alleviate your struggles with dry eyes.
OptiLight by Lumenis (IPL)
Intense pulsed light (IPL) treatment has gained popularity recently, and we’re proud to offer this to our patients.
We use OptiLight by Lumenis, the only FDA-approved IPL dry eye management method. You’ll come in for 3 to 4 sessions over 75 days. During each session, we will use the noninvasive IPL device to apply a series of precisely calibrated light pulses around your eye. This process helps liquefy and release hardened oils that could be clogging glands along your eyelid margin.
LipiFlow therapy uses gentle massage and heat to unclog the oil-producing glands on the eyelid margin. Some patients find this process quite relaxing, as you get to just sit back and get an eye massage to help reduce dry eye symptoms. We place a specially-designed device over your eyes, then use heat to melt any blockages. Then, the device gently massages excess debris from your eyelids.
Oasis Punctal Plugs
Oasis punctal plugs are miniature devices that we can insert into your tear ducts to improve tear retention and production. They prevent tears from draining out of your eye too quickly, retaining lubrication and reducing dry eye symptoms. Punctal plugs are a safe and effective dry eye management method, and they come in temporary or semi-permanent varieties.
HydroEye Omega-3 Supplements
Omega-3 supplements are much more than a buzzword. Studies have proven that omega-3 fatty acids, derived from coldwater fish, nuts, and oils, can help maintain your eye health. They’re an excellent supplement to include in your vitamin lineup as they support our bodies in many ways.
We carry high-grade HydroEye omega-3 supplements in our office, so you can get your nutrients from a trusted source.
We Love Eyes Lid & Lash Care Products
To maintain eyelid hygiene, we highly recommend We Love Eyes products. They stick to clean ingredients only, like tea tree oil and yucca root extract. We carry some of their products in our clinic, so you can stock up your eye cleansing arsenal when you visit.
Oasis Rest & Relief Masks
For dry eye relief at home, we suggest investing in an Oasis Rest & Relief mask. This soft mask is filled with silica beads that you can heat and place over your eyes to soften any oil blockages causing irritation. Let us know if you’re interested, and we can get you set up with an eye mask to take home.
Dry Eye Relief Is a Click Away
You don’t have to live with irritated, dry eyes. Dr. Bittel and the team have extensive experience dealing with dry eyes, and we’ve got the technology to match. Request an appointment and allow us to restore comfort to your eyes.
Find Us in Yorba Linda
We’re located in the northwest corner of the East Lake Village Center off Village Center Drive. There’s plenty of parking around our building for your convenience.
- 20399 Yorba Linda Boulevard
- Yorba Linda, CA 92886
[email protected] (general inquiries)
[email protected] (dry eyes & myopia)
Monday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
*Monday–Thursday closed for lunch 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM*
*Friday closed for lunch 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM*
See What Our Patients Are Saying
Have been coming here for years and love them. Saw Dr Biddle Sr last time and he was so informative. Showed me pictures of my eye with great explanations. Wonderful teacher. Have been having Linda help me pick glasses now for at least 4 years. She makes what would be a long painful process(choosing a frame) quick! I have been very happy with all my frames. The staff is all very nice and helpful… never have I walked in and not found them helpful. I am rough on glasses and they are always helpful in adjusting them and replacing pads. They even text me to remind me that it is time for yearly exam .
Very Honest Doctor, i was so tired of going to “Austin Optometry Group” in orange. I saw Dr Charles Sr, I would highly recommend him. He does a great checkup and explains every step.