Dr. Alicia Harrison is trained in diagnosing and treating all ocular surface disorders, including allergies, dry eye, lid conditions, and chronic inflammation. She takes her time to understand all symptoms and contributing factors to properly care for your condition. Read below for some of our unique care options.
Tear osmolarity has been shown to have the best predictive value for diagnosing Dry Eye Disease of any single test. TearLab’s sophisticated lab on a chip technology tests a tiny tear sample to measure Osmolarity, or the salt content in the tears. Dr. Harrison will test both eyes, and will take the highest number of the two tests, to generate Your Osmolarity Number. Your Osmolarity Number gives the eye care specialist a meaningful measure of the health and stability of the protective tear film that covers the surface of your eyes. The number generated correlates with the severity of the disease. What’s Your Number?
Healthy Lash Improvement
Zoria is a non-toxic solution to improving the health of your lashes. To see a video about the product, please view the link to the Zoria interview with Dr. Lili Fan, MD and Dr. Margarite McDonald, MD.
Cryopreserved amniotic membrane is the ONLY tissue cleared for wound healing by the FDA
PROKERA® biologic corneal bandage lens is used by our Laguna Beach eye doctors heal and treat eye diseases such as keratitis, common dry eye,recurrent corneal erosion, persistent epithelial defects, herpetic ulcers, and many other ocular surface diseases.
PROKERA®has natural therapeutic actions that help damaged eye surfaces heal. They provide faster and more effective healing of the cornea with less pain, scarring and inflammation, leading to clear corneas and improved clinical outcomes.
Dr. Alicia Harrison was part of the clinical trials for PROKERA® SLIM Dry Eye Doctor Study Program. She found it to be an excellent treatment for chronic dry eye.
Learn About Dry Eye
Dry eye syndrome (DES) is a chronic condition that develops when your eyes do not produce and maintain enough tears to keep the eye’s surface lubricated resulting in multiple symptoms that range from person to person. This can be due to a reduction in tear production or increased tear evaporation from a lack of lipid in the tears that stem from oil glands in the eyelids. The effects can range from minor dryness and discomfort to pain, blurred vision and frequent infections.
Symptoms of Dry Eye Disease
Symptoms of dry eye syndrome can vary depending on the severity of the condition but can include:
- Dry, itchy eyes
- Burning or stinging
- Watery eyes
- Blurred vision
- Foreign body sensation
The main function of tears is to maintain the health of the cornea of your eye by washing away foreign matter and ensuring that the surface of your eye remains moist, smooth and clear. Tears also rinse away dust particles from your eyes and contain enzymes that protect your eyes from bacteria that can cause infections. Dry eyes is a condition that develops when the amount of tears produced is not sufficient to maintain the moisture balance in your eye. This can result in that scratchy sensation, a continuous feeling of dryness, stinging and a sensation of a foreign body in your eye. Ironically in an effort to fight off the condition, dry eyes can cause you to produce excessive tears, which is why some people experience watery eyes.
Causes of Dry Eye Disease
Dry eyes can occur naturally as a result of aging or hormonal changes, typically in women who are pregnant, taking oral contraceptives or going through menopause. In fact, women over 50 have a 50% greater risk of dry eye disease than men do of the same age. It can also result from taking certain medications that reduce tear production such as antihistamines, blood pressure medications and antidepressants. Environmental factors can also play a role in drying out the eyes and DED is common in areas where the climate is dry, dusty and windy. Home air conditioners or heating systems and excessive time spent staring at a computer or television screen can also dry out eyes and exacerbate symptoms due to the lack of blinking while staring at our screens.
Individuals that suffer from certain medical conditions such as diabetes, blepharitis, lupus, arthritis and thyroid problems are more vulnerable to developing DED. Other causes can be due to eye surgery including LASIK, certain conditions in which the eyelids don’t close properly or extended contact lens use.
We also offer Presbyopia Diagnosis and Treatment