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Santa Barbara Dry Eye Disease Clinic

Why did we start the Santa Barbara Dry Eye Disease Clinic?

  • We believe that Life is a Grand Adventure; and that we all deserve to Live that Adventure.
  • We believe everyone should to have the clearest, most comfortable Vision possible, so that we may fully experience Life, in its magnificently beautiful and vivid form.

Santa Barbara Dry Eye Disease clinic is designed to do three things:

  1. It enables us to know specifically, what challenges you have with your dry eyes.
  1. It uncovers which areas you are lacking in visual freedom, due to your dry eyes.
  1. Since we know everyone’s life, and eyes, are unique: we use a forensic approach to provide tailored solutions that will enhance your visual experience, and maximize your quality of Life.

What is dry eye disease?

Dry eye disease, or keratoconjunctivitis sicca, is a multifactorial disease of the tears and ocular surface that results in symptoms of discomfort, visual disturbance, and tear film instability with potential damage to the ocular surface. It is accompanied by increased osmolarity of the tear film and inflammation of the ocular surface. Of which may cause damaging physiological and psychological sequalae.

How do we specifically treat dry eye disease?

Since everyone’s life and eyes are unique, we tailor our solutions to specifically address the challenges of each patient.

Our methods are designed to give the largest amount of relief with the least amount of intervention.

Methods include: holistic approaches that recommend specific diet and environmental changes, in-office meibomian gland expression, ocular medications, oral medications, and our Atlas Program.

Although not for everyone, if you meet the eligibility requirements of our Atlas Program, prepare yourself for the clearest, most comfortable vision you’ve ever experienced. Our Atlas Program involves the design of custom fit, Scleral, High Oxygen Permeable Contact Lenses; specifically designed to provide your eye’s surface with all-day hydrating comfort and relief.

Enjoy your life now, Call to schedule a Dry Eye Disease Evaluation with Dr. Zucker.

How do you know if you have dry eye disease (DED)?

Symptoms include, but are not limited to: gritty/sandy feeling in the eyes, foreign body sensation, burning/stinging eyes, sensitivity to light, fluctuating vision, eye soreness, sharp pain in or around the eye, and many more.

The following can contribute to Dry Eye Disease:

High blood pressure medications

Allergy medications

Anxiety/depression medications

Sjogrens Disease




Laser Eye Surgery





Crohn’s Disease

Lagophthalmos (incomplete blinking or inability to blink all the way)

Nocturnal Lagophthalmos (sleeping with eyes open, even slightly)

Sleep Apnea Night Masks

Steven Johnsons Syndrome

Graft Versus Host Disease

And many more…