Dry Eye Therapy in the Central Valley

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Helping You Find Relief in the Blink of an Eye

Dry eye is an uncomfortable condition that affects more than 16 million people in the United States. For your eyes to stay lubricated and comfortable, they need to produce good quality tears. If they aren’t producing enough tears or the tears they produce are poor quality, your eyes will begin to feel dry and irritated.

If your eyes aren’t producing the right amount or type of tears, you may experience symptoms including:

  • Gritty, irritated eyes
  • Stinging, burning sensation in the eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Overly watery eyes
  • Overly sensitive eyes

When your eyes produce good quality tears, each blink distributes a protective layer across the surface of the eye. Your tears are made up of 3 layers:

  • Mucin (mucus) layer
  • Aqueous (water) layer
  • Lipid (oil) layer

The mucin layer is the innermost layer, providing the eye with moisture, lubrication, and nourishment. This layer helps tears stick to and spread evenly on the eye.

The aqueous layer is the middle layer, made mostly of water. This layer lubricates the eye and helps to wash away bacteria.

The lipid layer is the outermost layer. The lipid layer is responsible for holding the other layers together and preventing the tears from evaporating.

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Treatment of Dry Eye

At Natural Vision, we offer several treatment methods for dry eyes.

Ocusoft Lid Scrubs are pre-moistened pads used to wipe away debris and bacteria from the eyelids. The formula is gentle and non-irritating, for mild to moderate eyelid conditions.

The Dry Eye Relief Mask (D.E.R.M.) is a moist-heat compress filled with Silica beads used to relieve symptoms of mild dry eye. The mask is designed to be heated and applied to the eyes, providing soothing moist-heat for temporary relief.

We will recommend a reliable brand of eye drops depending on the severity of your dry eyes. These can help to manage dry eyes and provide immediate relief from symptoms.

For more serious types of dry eye disease we may recommend a prescription eye drop, such as Restasis, Cequa, orXiidra.

Restasis and Cequa are both cyclosporine eye drops that promote your eyes’ natural ability to produce tears.

Xiidra (lifitegrast) is an FDA-approved eye drop that helps treat both the signs and symptoms of dry eyes. The drops work by inhibiting cell binding and reducing inflammation.

Meibomian gland expression involves applying pressure to the eyelids with small paddle-like instruments. The pressure helps to squeeze out oils from the meibomian glands and can help to expel any blockages that might be stopping meibum from being adequately produced.

The nasolacrimal ducts are the ducts into which the tears drain. Poor quality tears may drain too quickly, causing dry eyes. In this case, we can put small inserts into the ducts called punctal plug, which prevent the tears from draining too quickly, allowing them to remain on the eyes longer.

When the nasolacrimal ducts are obstructed, they may cause inflammation, redness, and discomfort. This may lead to excessive watering of the eyes.

Omega-3 fatty acids are commonly found in a healthy diet of leafy greens and fish, providing important fats to the body. Omega-3’s can help relieve symptoms of dry eyes and support normal tear production.

We recommend HydroEyes as a comprehensive blend of Omega-3 fatty acids, as an easy-to-take supplement.

If you’re experiencing symptoms of dry eyes, we would be happy to examine your eyes and recommend an appropriate treatment strategy.

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Our Locations

Fresno

Address

6767 North Fresno Street
Fresno, California 93710

Contact Information

Phone: 559-432-1000

Find our Fresno office at 6767 North Fresno Street on the Southwest corner of Fresno and Herndon off the 41.

Hours of Operations

Monday
8 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8 AM5 PM
Wednesday
8 AM5 PM
Thursday
8 AM5 PM
Friday
8 AM5 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Madera

Address

1011 West Yosemite Avenue
Madera, California 93637

Contact Information

Phone: 559-673-6000

Find our Madera office at 1011 West Yosemite Avenue on the corner of Yosemite and P Street.

 

Hours of Operations

Monday
8 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8 AM5 PM
Wednesday
8 AM5 PM
Thursday
8 AM5 PM
Friday
8 AM5 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Sanger

Address

Suite 103, 2514 Jensen Avenue
Sanger, California 93657

Contact Information

Phone: 559-875-2000

Find our Sanger office at Suite 103, 2514 Jensen Avenue, on the corner of Jensen and Bethel (same corner as Panda Express).

 

Hours of Operations

Monday
8 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8 AM5 PM
Wednesday
8 AM5 PM
Thursday
8 AM5 PM
Friday
Closed
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Address

6767 North Fresno Street
Fresno, California 93710

Contact Information

Phone: 559-432-1000

Find our Fresno office at 6767 North Fresno Street on the Southwest corner of Fresno and Herndon off the 41.

Hours of Operations

Monday
8 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8 AM5 PM
Wednesday
8 AM5 PM
Thursday
8 AM5 PM
Friday
8 AM5 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Address

1011 West Yosemite Avenue
Madera, California 93637

Contact Information

Phone: 559-673-6000

Find our Madera office at 1011 West Yosemite Avenue on the corner of Yosemite and P Street.

 

Hours of Operations

Monday
8 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8 AM5 PM
Wednesday
8 AM5 PM
Thursday
8 AM5 PM
Friday
8 AM5 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Address

Suite 103, 2514 Jensen Avenue
Sanger, California 93657

Contact Information

Phone: 559-875-2000

Find our Sanger office at Suite 103, 2514 Jensen Avenue, on the corner of Jensen and Bethel (same corner as Panda Express).

 

Hours of Operations

Monday
8 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8 AM5 PM
Wednesday
8 AM5 PM
Thursday
8 AM5 PM
Friday
Closed
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

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