Mark A. Baskin, MD, FACS
Ophthalmologist located in Los Angeles, Encino, CA
Dry eyes can be more than just irritating. They can be downright painful and inconvenient for Encino, CA residents. Dr. Mark Baskin offers highly effective Dry Eye Treatment that will allow you to finally get your eyes back again.
Dry Eye Q & A
What Are The Symptoms Of Dry Eye?
Dry eye commonly occurs when the eyes don't have enough moisture. This lack of moisture commonly causes issues like persistent itchiness, significant redness in the eyes and pain on the eye surface. Some people suffering from dry eye have a gritty or sandy feeling in the eyes, and many people who wear contacts are unable to do so comfortably due to dry eye irritation. In some cases, dry eyes can cause blurry vision.
Why Does Dry Eye Happen?
Dry eye may occur because the tear glands are unable to make enough tears. It can also happen because there is a chemical irregularity in the tears produced. Allergies and medications like nasal decongestants and certain blood pressure medications, as well some immune system disorders like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis and menopause may also be the cause of dry eye. Chronic dry eye is a condition in itself which causes inflammation in the tissue surrounding the eyes including the tear glands which impedes a person’s ability to produce natural tears.
How Is Dry Eye Diagnosed?
Dry eye can be diagnosed after a complete eye exam. The doctor will also perform a Schirmer tear test, which measures tear production.
How Is Dry Eye Treated?
Dr. Baskin prescribes Restasis® and Xiidra® eye drops to his patients with chronic dry eye. Restasis® is a cyclosporine emulsion that increases the eyes’ natural ability to produce tears.Restasis® be used regularly for several months for to experience the full effectiveness of natural tear production. Most patients begin to produce more tears after about a month of use, seeing a significant increase after 3-6 months. Xiidra® is another prescription eye drop solution made with the lifitegrast as the active ingredient. Xiidra® drops are used twice a day and treat the signs and symptoms of dry eye disease in adults. These drops are only available with a prescription. Make sure your doctor knows if you wear contact lenses before using the drops. Dry eye can also be treated using punctal plugs. Talk to Dr. Baskin to figure out which treatment is the best for you.
Accepted Insurance Providers
Our practice accepts most major insurance plans and most of the smaller insurance plans. If we do not participate with your insurance, and your plan allows out of network benefits, our office staff will assist you with the necessary paperwork so you can receive reimbursement directly from your insurance company. If you do not see your insurance listed below, please call the office to speak with one of our knowledgeable staff members about your individual coverage.
Words from our patients
"I could not believe my good luck in finding such a caring doctor, both before and after surgery. Thank you."
"He has excellent bedside manner and I have recommended him to anyone I know that needs an ophthalmologist. He is a doctor that truly cares about his patients."
"You'll never find a more knowledgeable doctor than Dr. Baskin, and his knowledge is only matched by his compassion. If you want the best in eye care, call Dr. Baskin!"
"I just want to say "thanks..." the surgery on my eyelids was a great success and it is a pleasure to read again without seeing double vision."
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