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Dry Eye Treatment in Oak Hill

Offering Lasting Relief For Dry, Itchy & Gritty Eyes

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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 EyeCare Specialties - South Towne 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 Oak Hill 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 Treatment in Oak Hill

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Hours
  • Monday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Superior Vision
  • Davis Vision
  • EyeMed
Patient Reviews
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- Feb. 04, 2024
Despite the outrageous prices of eyewear across the board at most providers, The team was really awe... some, communicated very well and were open and honest and not at all pushy when it came time to purchase frames and lenses. Very good team!
- Jan. 17, 2024
All of the doctors at EyeCare Specialties are excellent. Dr Patel, in particular is extremely knowl... edgeable and personal. I have an eye disease with corneal transplants and Dr Patel was recommended and now I wouldn't consider another eye doctor. He is so thorough and experienced. It turns out that he worked with the same doctors in Houston who performed my transplants. It's been my pleasure to develop a great relationship with Dr Patel and all the staff at EyeCare Specialties. Their customer service is top notch and they take care to know who you are. I've recommended EyeCare Specialties to family and friends and I know you will be in great hands.
- Dec. 15, 2023
The professionals at EyeCare are exactly that. They are all very kind and knowledgeable at what they... do. It was a relaxing and positive experience, and I highly recommend EyeCare. Thank you so much for improving not only my eyesight, but also improving my outlook on life. : )
- Dec. 12, 2023
Dr. Stephanie Colorado is very nice, friendly and knowledgeable and always explains everything very ... clearly. I highly recommend her.
- Dec. 07, 2023
Best place to get your eyes checked
- Oct. 19, 2023
Dr. Manish Patel did such an amazing job with my LASIK that my next eye appointment was 8 years late... r. (Obviously he would have preferred I return earlier.) I can't say enough positive things about Dr. Patel - he's everything one wants in an eye care professional.
- Oct. 14, 2023
Dr. Haven is thorough and compassionate. Everyone at the practice has provided me great service in t... he years I’ve been a patient.
- Oct. 02, 2023
Great service, staff is extremely welcoming and thorough answering any questions. Would recommend to... anyone!
- Oct. 02, 2023
Highly recommended
- Sep. 03, 2023
Dr. Patel is awesome. As friendly as he is attentive and professional. It’s a little drive for me,... but I wouldn’t go anywhere else.
- Jul. 13, 2023
Lovely people.
- Jun. 14, 2023
Great experience and awesome people
- May. 22, 2023
I have been going to EyeCare Specialties since I was a kid and the service has always been beyond am... azing. It’s rare to find a clinic with such knowledgeable, friendly, and professional staff. Each Optometrist knows what they are doing from annual visits to healing scratched corneas. The Front staff is also incredibly welcoming and the second you walk in you know you are being taken care of. Highly recommend these folks for all your eye needs!!!
- Apr. 03, 2023
Got me in for an appointment quickly and were very friendly!
- Mar. 02, 2023
Dr. Patel is a great doctor!
- Feb. 18, 2023
They have taken care of me for several years and I am getting up there in age. Best glasses I ever h... ad along with treatment and care, and of course I recommend them.
- Nov. 04, 2022
Great experience as always. Dr. Patel is kind, thorough, educational and never pushy. He's why I kee... p coming back!
- Oct. 08, 2022
Very nice place!
- Sep. 06, 2022
I have been a patient of Dr. Patel for several years now. He and his team always make sure all your ... questions are answered and take care of you like you deserved. I highly recommend him and his team.
- Aug. 23, 2022
Quality service. The staff was great with my kids.

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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

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