Dry Eye

Dry eyes occur when the eyes do not produce enough tears or when the tears are of poor quality, causing discomfort, irritation, and even vision problems.

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At Tennessee Eye Care, we understand how dry eyes can impact your daily life, causing discomfort, irritation, and even vision problems. Our expert team is here to help you navigate the ins and outs of dry eye syndrome and offer personalized solutions for your unique situation. Let’s take a closer look at what causes dry eyes and how our comprehensive treatment options can help you achieve lasting relief.

What Are Dry Eyes and How Do They Affect Vision?

Dry eyes occur when your eyes don’t produce enough tears or when the tears are of poor quality. Tears play a crucial role in maintaining the health of your eyes and providing clear vision. When your eyes are not adequately lubricated, you may experience a variety of symptoms such as burning, itching, redness, and light sensitivity. In some cases, dry eyes can even lead to temporary blurred vision, affecting your daily activities and overall quality of life.

Common Causes of Dry Eyes

There are numerous factors that can contribute to dry eyes, including:

  • Aging: As we age, our tear production often decreases, making dry eyes more common in older adults.
  • Hormonal changes: Hormone fluctuations, particularly in women, can lead to reduced tear production.
  • Medications: Some medications, like antihistamines or antidepressants, can cause dry eyes as a side effect.
  • Environmental factors: Dry air, wind, and exposure to air conditioning or heating can contribute to dry eyes.
  • Medical conditions: Certain health conditions, such as autoimmune disorders or diabetes, can increase the risk of developing dry eyes.

Treatment Options at Tennessee Eye Care

Our skilled team at Tennessee Eye Care offers various treatment options to help you find relief from dry eyes:

  • Artificial tears and lubricating eye drops: These over-the-counter solutions can provide temporary relief by mimicking natural tears and helping to moisturize your eyes.
  • Anti-inflammatory medications: In some cases, we may prescribe medications to reduce inflammation and improve tear production.
  • Lifestyle changes: We’ll work with you to identify habits that may be contributing to your dry eyes and suggest adjustments like taking frequent breaks during visually demanding tasks.
  • Advanced treatments: For severe cases of dry eyes, we may recommend other procedures, such as punctal plugs or tear duct surgery, to help manage your condition effectively.

Contact us today!

Don’t let dry eyes hold you back from living your best life. At Tennessee Eye Care, our knowledgeable team is dedicated to providing expert eye care and helping you find relief from dry eye discomfort. Get in touch with us today to schedule an appointment and take the first step toward healthier, more comfortable eyes.


Why Choose Tennessee Eye Care?

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Expert Care

Each patient receives the best possible care for their specific needs because our team of eye care experts is highly trained and experienced.

Compassionate Care

A visit to the eye doctor can be a stressful experience for some, and we strive to make the process as comfortable and stress-free as possible.

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Local Care

We live here in East Tennessee and are dedicated to providing our neighbors with the highest level of eye care possible.

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