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Dry Eye Treatment in Original Town North

Offering Lasting Relief For Dry, Itchy & Gritty Eyes

(325) 677-6225

Tired of your eyes constantly watering?

Want to find a solution for your red, dry, itchy eyes?

Dry eye disease can seriously harm your quality of life. It can cause severe irritation and even infection in severe cases.

Symptoms of dry eye disease include:

  • Red, dry eyes
  • Itchiness in and around the eye
  • A gritty-feeling in the eye
  • Light sensitivity
  • Excessive watering of the eyes

Visit Family Vision Associates for effective and lasting dry eye relief.

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How Dry Eye Disease Develops & How to Treat It

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Dry eye disease is an increasingly common eye condition that can happen either because the eye is not producing enough tears, or because tears are evaporating too quickly, leaving the eyes without enough moisture to function comfortably.

This can happen for several reasons including allergies, side effects from medications, hormonal changes, and illness.

Depending on the cause and exact symptoms of your dry eyes, our Original Town North eye doctors will be able to prescribe treatments and medications aimed at increasing the amount of tears your eye produces and/or slowing the evaporation of tears to better hydrate your eyes.


What Are the Main Causes of Dry Eye?

  • Aging

    Dry eye disease tends to affect people over the age of 50. This is because tear production slows as we age. As the lacrimal glands produce fewer tears, dry eye develops.

  • Hormonal changes

    It's not uncommon for some women to experience dry eye symptoms during pregnancy, menopause, or while using birth control pills. That's because hormone imbalances can reduce tear production.

  • Autoimmune disease

    Certain autoimmune diseases, like Sjögren’s syndrome, can cause white blood cells to attack your tear glands, thus reducing tear production. Other diseases like arthritis, lupus, and diabetes can also cause poor or insufficient tear production.

  • Medications

    Certain medications can reduce mucus production (one of the 3 tear components) thus contributing to chronic dry eye.

    They include antihistamines, antidepressants, diuretics, and beta-blockers.

Note that this is just a handful of causes. There are many other factors that can contribute to dry eye, including pollution and dry air, allergies, poor tear quality, dehydration, contact lens wear, and more.


Dry Eyes FAQs

Can I still wear contact lenses if I have dry eye syndrome?

Yes, some people can still wear contact lenses with dry eye syndrome. However, depending on its severity, you may need to carefully select the adequate contact lens for optimal clarity and comfort.

Oftentimes, because contact lenses sit on the eye, it's difficult for vital oxygen to reach the eye. This can worsen dry eye symptoms, and increase the risk of scratching or otherwise damaging your eye. Make sure to ask your eye doctor which contact lenses are most adapted to your condition.

Can dry eye syndrome be cured?

Unfortunately, there is no known cure for dry eye syndrome. There are, however, many treatment options that offer lasting dry eye relief.

Can dry eye syndrome cause blindness?

In rare extreme cases, dry eye syndrome can cause corneal ulcers. These ulcers can result in scarring on the eye, making it difficult for the cornea to focus light accurately. If left untreated, corneal ulcers and the associated scarring can result in blindness.

How can I prevent dry eye symptoms?

Below are a few tips that will help prevent dry eye symptoms:

  • Point fans, heaters, and air vents so that they don’t directly blow into your eyes
  • Eat foods high in omega-3 fatty acids
  • Stay properly hydrated
  • Take breaks during long tasks, especially those that require extended visual focus

Patient Reviews
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- Jul. 10, 2024
Great experience. I wouldn't go anywhere else for my eye care. I trust them to care for my eyes.
- Jul. 02, 2024
Friendly and excellent service.
- Jun. 21, 2024
Great Care and Service
- Jun. 18, 2024
Do they accept medicare/medicaid like UnitedHealthcare
- Jun. 18, 2024
Family vision is very knowledgeable and also friendly and efficient.
- Jun. 14, 2024
The is a great place to find good frames, and my experience with Dr. Ezzell and Tabby has been excel... lent. The staff is friendly and helpful. Highly recommend!
- Jun. 10, 2024
Friendly, knowledgeable and professional. My new prescription is spot on!
- Jun. 01, 2024
Great experience, great quality and service!
- May. 31, 2024
Wonderful care for my vision and my overall visits by all.
- Apr. 29, 2024
I can't recommend Family Vision Associates enough ! They are great people !
- Apr. 23, 2024
Dr Preston and her staff are Amazing. I have been with them for years.
- Apr. 22, 2024
Great experience and A good family atmosphere
- Apr. 12, 2024
This staff is the best. They are friendly, helpful, and can definitely problem solve. I specificall... y want to thank Redina for helping me with my frames.
- Apr. 06, 2024
Always courteous, professional and excellent care!
- Apr. 03, 2024
Extremely friendly and knowledgeable staff! They were quick and efficient. Highly recommend this pra... ctice!
- Apr. 01, 2024
I love Dr. Preston and the staff at Family Vision Associates.
- Mar. 08, 2024
Love this eye care facility
- Mar. 03, 2024
Quick, friendly and efficient.
- Mar. 01, 2024
I'd happily recommend Dr. Steven Ezzell and the staff to anyone and everyone.
- Feb. 15, 2024
I consistently receive friendly and professional service at each appointment, and I totally trust Dr... . Ezzell and his expertise.

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Dry Eyes Treatment in Original Town North

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Hours
  • Monday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Spectera
  • Superior Vision
  • Davis Vision
  • EyeMed
  • Blue Cross

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(325) 677-6225