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Perlman Center for Eye & Eyelid Surgery

Primary Location
610 Cottonwood St
Woodland, CA 95695
Phone: 530.666.0333
Fax: 530.666.0352

Office Hours

DayMorningAfternoon
Monday8:00 am5:00 pm
Tuesday8:00 am5:00 pm
Wednesday8:00 am5:00 pm
Thursday8:00 am5:00 pm
Friday8:00 am5:00 pm
SaturdayClosed.Closed
SundayClosedClosed
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Dry Eye Treatment

Some people do not produce enough tears or the appropriate quality of tears to keep the eye healthy and comfortable. This is known as "dry eye". While this occurs mostly in women after menopause, the symptoms are frequently experienced by men and women in younger years, as well.

The symptoms of "dry eye" can be mild, as in a bit of burning, but only after extended reading, computer, or driving tasks. Note that these all involved sustained visual concentration, that often results in decreased blinking. This is what prevents the normal tears from being coated over the cornea (the clear front "dome" of the eye), and leads to the discomfort. If nothing is done, the vision quality diminishes, due to the corneal surface no longer being smooth and lustrous.

In severe cases, patients may use lubrication drops up to every 12-20 minutes to avoid uncomfortable or even painful symptoms. Everyone is different, and there is a full spectrum of the degree to which "dry eye" can affect our patients.

Lubrication

Drops and ointments

Eye drops, or artificial tears, lubricate your eyes and help provide moisture. Since eye drops are available without prescription, and many brands are on the market, we recommend trying several types to ensure you find the best one for you. Usually, we'll provide you with different samples, of different thicknesses, for you to try out.

If you are sensitive to the preservatives in artificial tears, preservative-free eye drops are available. They may be a better option for you if you need to use artificial tears more often than every two hours. You can use the preservation-free eye drops as often as needed.

RESTASIS ®

Prescription Eye Drops

Restasis® helps increase your eyes’ natural capability to produce tears, if that ability is being reduced by inflammation due to chronic dry eye, or other immune-related disease. In some cases, people find that they begin to procuce more tears, and are able to reduce the frequency of their regular tear application. Typically, Restasis is used twice a day, and patients may feel some improvement after a month or two, though often it may take up to 4-6 months of continued use to really see a difference. Clearly, starting Restasis treatment requires a long-term commitment, but can be an extraordinary benefit for many patients.

Punctal Plugs


Conserving your own tears is another way to keep your eyes moist. Normally, your tears drain out away from the eye through a small channel into the nose. This is why your nose runs when you cry. It's possible to place a plug in those openings in a brief procedure in the office. Usually, 1 of the 2 normal openings are closed to see if this helps. The channels can be closed either temporarily or permanently to conserve your own tears and to make your artificial tears last longer.

Call the Perlman Center for Eye and Eyelid Surgery at 530.666.0333 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Perlman.

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Testimonial

Extremely helpful and very kind personnel. I had an emergency visit and they totally took care of me.

Mitali M. / Woodland, CA

Office Hours

DayMorningAfternoon
Monday8:00 am5:00 pm
Tuesday8:00 am5:00 pm
Wednesday8:00 am5:00 pm
Thursday8:00 am5:00 pm
Friday8:00 am5:00 pm
SaturdayClosed.Closed
SundayClosedClosed
Day Morning Afternoon
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
8:00 am 8:00 am 8:00 am 8:00 am 8:00 am Closed. Closed
5:00 pm 5:00 pm 5:00 pm 5:00 pm 5:00 pm Closed Closed

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