Dry Eye Therapy for San Mateo

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True Comfort is Priceless

If you’ve ever experienced dry eyes, you can appreciate just how frustrating the symptoms are. Itching, watering, rubbing – it’s not pleasant, so why put up with the discomfort?

Relief is available, and the friendly and professional team at Optical Illusions is here to help.

What Causes Dry Eyes?

The first step in determining the best treatment for your dry eyes is diagnosing the underlying cause. There are many different reasons that you may be experiencing dry eyes, but what it always comes down to is deficient tears: Either you aren’t producing enough tears, or the tears you’re producing aren’t high enough quality. Either way, your eyes end up feeling dry and irritated.

The tear consists of three main components: water, mucous, and oils. If any one of these three components is not present in the necessary amounts, dry eye syndrome is a common result.

Some causes of dry eyes include:

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Your Personalized Solution

Optical Illusions is proud to offer a variety of dry eye treatments and therapies to best suit your needs. There is no “one size fits all” solution when it comes to health and wellness – we find what works for you.

Some of our treatments include:

Artificial tears are special eye drops that provide the moisture and lubrication that your eyes may be lacking. Medicated eye drops are another variety of eye drops that are medicated specifically to stimulate tear production.

Our team is specially trained in inserting special devices, known as punctal plugs, into the duct opening of your eye. These plugs then help manage how quickly your tears drain, allowing the tears to stay on your eyes and keep them comfortable.
This procedure can be done in our office and only takes a few minutes to complete.

We are proud to feature a range of Optase dry eye products. These special eye drops are designed with hyaluronic acid, a chemical that binds to and retains any water it contacts, even your tears. By holding on to this moisture, your eyes can start experiencing the comfort they deserve.

One of the most common problems we treat in dry eye therapy is meibomian gland dysfunction. This condition can develop blockages in your meibomian glands; glands responsible for producing the oils your tear film needs to prevent your tears from evaporating.
Heating masks and lid wipe treatments can help clear away these blockages to help allow a healthy flow of oils to your tear film. We offer these treatments in-office or as products you can take home to do yourself!

Zocular Eye System Treatment (ZEST) is an in-office lid cleaning treatment that deeply cleans the margins of your eyelids. This non-invasive, comfortable treatment is used to help improve the flow of oils from your meibomian glands, directly targeting issues related to meibomian gland dysfunction and blepharitis.

Certain dietary supplements rich in omega-3 can also help manage dry eye symptoms. These supplements can help improve oil production from your meibomian glands while also decreasing inflammation around your eyes.

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If you are interested in dry eye therapy, contact us today for care that surpasses expectations.

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Our Location

Our location in the prestigious Hillsdale Shopping Center (beside Nordstrom) means we are open seven days a week and have an abundance of parking.

To better serve your vision needs, we provide evening appointments and offer services in Chinese, Spanish, and English.

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194 Hillsdale Shopping Center
San Mateo, CA 94403

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Phone: (650) 341-8080
Fax: (650) 341-8565
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