Lori Nishida-Eugenio, OD, FCOVD -  - Optometrist

Burbank Optometric Center, Inc.

Lori Nishida-Eugenio, OD, FCOVD

Optometrist located in Burbank, CA

Dry Eye Treatment Specialist

Dr, Nishida is skilled in administering the safest, most effective dry eye treatment options for patients throughout the Burbank, CA, area, identifying underlying causes of dry eye and providing care to help relieve symptoms like burning, itching and scratching so patients feel more comfortable.

Dry Eye Treatment Q&A

by Lori Nishida-Eugenio, OD, FCOVD

What is dry eye syndrome?

Dry eye syndrome is an ocular condition that is caused by irregularities in your tears – either the way the tear film disperse across the surface of your eyes or problems with the quality or quantity of your tears. Healthy tears contain specific amounts of oil, water and mucus. When the ratio of these components isn't balanced correctly, the quality of your tears can suffer and your eyes can become dry. Other causes of dry eye include:

  • problems with the tear ducts or eyelids, causing cause tears to disperse poorly over the surface of your eyes

  • lifestyle habits, like staring at computer monitors for long hours or working or living in polluted or smoky environments

  • autoimmune disorders including Graves' disease and Sjogren's syndrome

  • use of medications like antihistamines, hormone replacements, decongestants and high blood pressure medicines

How can I tell if I have dry eye syndrome?

Dry eye syndrome causes distinctive ocular symptoms, including:

  • burning and itching sensations

  • feeling like a foreign object is in your eye

  • gritty or scratchy feelings, especially when blinking

  • eye fatigue

  • increased light sensitivity

  • increased sensitivity to pollutants

  • blurry vision

Regular contact lens wear can exacerbate these symptoms.

What types of dry eye treatment are available?

Dry eye has become much more common in recent years as more and more people spend long hours using computer screens at work, at school, and at home. Today, there are many options for treating dry eyes, including prescription eye drops to improve or augment natural tears, oral medications to help treat inflammation which may be contributing to your symptoms, and even ocular inserts developed to treat dry eye syndrome. In some cases, surgery may be needed to open clogged tear ducts. A comprehensive eye exam can help determine which option is best for your needs.


The cost of routine eye exams and prescription eyewear can be of real concern, especially for large families. In many cases, vision insurance can lower these annual expenses. A vision insurance policy is not the same as health insurance. Regular health insurance plans protect you against financial losses due to unexpected eye injuries or disease. Vision insurance, on the other hand, is a wellness benefit designed to provide routine eye care, prescription eyewear and other vision-related services at a reduced cost.

Because we provide both medical and routine eye care, we accept a number of insurance plans to help cover the cost depending on your individual needs. Here are just some of the plans that we accept:

In-Network Medical Plans: Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield and Medicare.

Vision Plans we accept: Vision Service Plan (VSP) and EyeMed


Words from our patients

  • Yelp

    "I have to say, I had a great experience here. Service was very prompt. The doctor was patient, thorough, knowledgeable and friendly. Good people here!"

    Andrew W.
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    "I love this place. I've been coming here for years. I would recommend Dr. Nishida to any of my friends."

    Mel H.
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    "Dr. Nishida and her staff are not only professional but caring, knowledgeable and attentive. I highly recommend them. I also received a follow up call from the doctor."

    Dawn R.
Burbank Optometric Center, Inc.
1032 North Hollywood Way
Burbank, CA 91505
Phone: 818-296-0898
Fax: 818-846-3204
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