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Dry Eye Treatment in Centerville

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 Comprehensive Eye Care - Centerville 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 Centerville 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 Centerville

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Hours
  • Monday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday Closed
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Spectera
  • Anthem
  • EyeMed
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross
Patient Reviews
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- Apr. 20, 2024
Fantastic!
- Apr. 13, 2024
Great place for eye care. I've been coming here for about 3 years.
- Mar. 07, 2024
Service above and beyond the norm
- Mar. 03, 2024
Everyone was happy and the staff was just excited to help me pick my new glasses as I was!
- Mar. 01, 2024
First appointment after Dr O’Neill determined I had an eye stroke and rushed to the emergency room... . We discussed my eye stroke. She is friendly and an excellent optometrist.
- Feb. 23, 2024
Super eye exam and very friendly staff.
- Feb. 19, 2024
Dr. ONeill is fantastic!!!! Highly recommend!
- Jan. 31, 2024
Dr. Downer is very patient oriented and highly skilled. Have been a patient for 20+ years. Utmost... trust in his judgment. I am a challenging patient due to a myriad of issues regarding my vision. Absolutely recommend him for optometry services.
- Jan. 26, 2024
Doctor downer has been wonderful with all of my prescriptions. The staff is beyond helpful and kind....
- Dec. 02, 2023
Great experience! First time patient, staff was extremely friendly and helpful and Dr O’Neil was ... extremely thorough, friendly and offered several options to improve my contact wear!
- Nov. 28, 2023
All service performed professionally and with pleasant manner.
- Oct. 26, 2023
IT WAS A VERY PLEASANT VISIT EVERYONE WAS SO NICE AND I FELT VERY HAPPY WITH EVERYTHING
- Aug. 26, 2023
An amazing experience! Extremely friendly and pleasantly knowledgeable staff. I will definitely retu... rn to purchase my next pair of glasses.
- Aug. 23, 2023
Dr ONeill and the entire staff were amazing!!!
- Jul. 30, 2023
Professional, friendly staff. There is a personal feel to my appts.
- May. 15, 2023
Excellent eye care in a very friendly and caring manner.
- Aug. 16, 2019
Comprehensive is always so helpful and friendly. I have been coming here for years and will continue... to do so. Highly recommend! Barb at the front desk is always especially so sweet, caring and helpful. Love you guys!
- Dec. 12, 2018
Have worn glasses and contacts for many years, Dr. O'Neill gave me the best prescription I've ever h... ad!
- Aug. 10, 2018
Very good customer service, quick appointment making
- Jun. 06, 2018
Great staff and doctors. Moderate selection on glasses but popular brands. Happy with my new glasses... !

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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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