USC Dry Eye Center of Excellence

At the USC Dry Eye Center of Excellence, we offer a multidisciplinary, personalized approach to treat specific dry eye causes and symptoms. Our unique team of experts is trained in ocular surface disease in addition to the systemic autoimmune conditions that can lead to dry eye. USC Roski Eye Institute is also one of the first centers to identify ocular surface disease biomarkers through the analysis of tear film.

Our personalized treatment options include:

  • Broad Band Light Therapy (BBL)
  • LipiView II ocular surface interferometer
  • Prescription eye medications
  • Punctal occlusion
  • Prosthetic Replacement of the Ocular Surface Ecosystem (PROSE) or scleral lens treatment
  • Tear film analysis

What is Dry Eye Syndrome?

Millions of people suffer from the discomfort of dry eye syndrome. From irritation, redness, and sensitivity to light, dry eyes can make everyday life uncomfortable, to the say the least. An adequate and consistent layer of tears on the surface of the eye is essential to keep your eyes healthy, comfortable and seeing well.

Dry eye syndrome is caused by chronic dehydration and poor lubrication of the ocular surface, causing a disruption of the barrier function. Many people develop dry eye as a result of environmental exposure, allergies, eye surgery, medications, or the effects of aging. While it may seem like a mild irritation, the condition can lead to vision loss if the cornea is scratched or damaged if left untreated long enough.

Common symptoms of dry eye include:

  • Inflammation
  • Burning sensation
  • Aching feeling
  • Soreness
  • Red appearance
  • Blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Fatigued eyes

Typically, dry eye symptoms are treated with lubricating eye drops or artificial tears, as well as taking breaks from reading or using a computer or smartphone. Additionally, prescription eye medications may help increase tear production or reduce eye inflammation and irritation, but these treatment options fail to prevent the symptoms from returning. Some patients require additional treatment to enhance their daily tasks and improve their overall quality of life.

Expert Care for Your Dry Eye Symptoms

If you or someone you love is experiencing dry, gritty, irritated eyes, the USC Roski Eye Institute is committed to providing the solutions to make everyday life easier. To learn more from our renowned ophthalmology team and our treatment options, please do not hesitate to give us a call at (323) 442-6335 today!