Dry Eyes Specialist

Michael  Matthews, O.D. -  - Optometrist

Midway Optometry

Michael Matthews, O.D.

Optometrist located in Loma Portal, San Diego, CA

A layer of tears forms every time you blink to keep your eyes moist and your vision clear. At Midway Optometry in Loma Portal, San Diego, Dr. Michael Matthews specializes in diagnosing and treating dry eye syndrome, a condition in which the eyes don’t produce tear film. Dry eyes can lead to many problems, including discomfort, blurred vision, and difficulty wearing contacts. Using the latest technology, Dr. Matthews detects dry eye early to avoid complications. To schedule your dry eye screening, book an appointment online or call the office today. We serve patients in the surrounding San Diego area including Point Loma and Loma Portal

Dry Eyes Q & A

What is dry eye syndrome?

Dry eye syndrome is a condition in which the eye stops producing the tear film -- a layer of tears forms every time you blink -- needed to keep your eye surface moist and vision clear. In some cases, dry eye occurs when tears form but evaporate too quickly.

When your eyes are too dry, you may experience discomfort and numerous physical symptoms, including:

  • Burning
  • A gritty feeling
  • Irritation
  • Excess watering
  • Blurry vision

What are the causes of dry eye syndrome?

A number of factors are related to dry eye syndrome, including sex: women are more prone to this condition than men. The likelihood of dry eye also increases as you age.

In some cases, dry eye syndrome is linked to concurrent medical conditions or treatments. Other factors related to dry eye include spending too much time looking at electronic screens or around air conditioning, dry air, wind, or smoke.

How is dry eye syndrome diagnosed?

At Midway Optometry in San Diego, Dr. Matthews relies on state of the art diagnostic tools to identify dry eye at the earliest stage.

To assess your eye for factors related to drug eye syndrome, Dr. Matthews uses a cutting-edge technology called OCULUS Keratograph 5M. This process includes taking a photo of your eye and analyzing it to assess for dry eye. This method is also used to measure the effectiveness of treatments.

Can dry eyes be treated?

In recent years, the prevalence of dry eye syndrome has become more recognized, and there are now numerous ways to treat this condition.

Dr. Matthews creates with a personalized plan for your specific situation. Some common approaches to treatment include advanced eye drop formulations that combat eye inflammation and increase the production of tears and other treatments that address problems with the meibomian gland, which is typically related to dry eye syndrome.  

To receive a proper assessment and diagnosis for your dry eyes and determine the best treatment plan to alleviate the symptoms, book an appointment online or call the office today for an appointment with Dr. Matthews.