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Dry Eye Treatment in Westside

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 Eye Center of Houston 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 Westside 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.


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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

Patient Reviews
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- Jun. 17, 2024
The services provided was prompt and the staff were respectful and friendly. My doctor was a good li... stener and explained every procedure to me patiently.
- Jun. 14, 2024
Best environment Best staff and employees are so kind and friendly 😊
- Jun. 06, 2024
Love this place. Girls were so helpful and nice. They helped give opinion on glasses. Helped me to t... heir fullest with my insurance. Explained things thoroughly. No complaints. Such a good place. Love this eye care center. Even the guy was nice.
- May. 26, 2024
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- Apr. 19, 2024
Very good atmosphere and doctors love it
- Apr. 15, 2024
(Translated by Google) Very, very good, recommended for all ages. My experience, that of my children... and grandson, was great. (Original) Muy pero muy buena recomendado para todas las edades. Mi experiencia ,la de mis hijos y nieto fue estupenda.
- Mar. 21, 2024
Exceptional service and excellent customer care.
- Mar. 20, 2024
The best place I recommend it to anyone having eyes problems.
- Mar. 12, 2024
Best eye clinic. Dr. Richard is kind and fast and furious to diagnose the problem and answer the que... stions.
- Mar. 03, 2024
I arrived with an appointment and they were really quick , well in general they took me in the next ... day for calling in to get my daughter’s eyes looked at and they treated her amazing! Thank you guys for doing that! Now my daughter can get better with her vision !!
- Feb. 11, 2024
Wait was a bit lengthy but Drs were very thorough 💪🏻
- Feb. 06, 2024
Had a good experience, it was thorough , staff was friendly.
- Jan. 28, 2024
I really like the professionalism that's exhibited Everytime I go or take my kids. I also like the ... immediate promptness upon entering the establishment to first acknowledge me and then assist me. Not to mention the many products they offer to help with whatever issues you're having with your eyes. I would definitely recommend this business to anyone that's looking for a enjoyable and professional eye center.
- Jan. 25, 2024
Excellent place, since the check in through all process we received a professional and kind service ... and glasses were ready super fast, highly recommended. 😀
- Jan. 19, 2024
(Translated by Google) Excellent service and the lenses arrive in less than a week. (Original) Exce... lente servicio y los lentes llegan a menos de la semana.
- Jan. 16, 2024
We Always have a great experience with the team!
- Dec. 27, 2023
It was a very wow experience. No delay
- Dec. 07, 2023
Always a good experience
- Dec. 06, 2023
Very professional staff and Doctors Hundred stars.
- Oct. 03, 2023
A quick, thorough and professional examination. This is my 2nd time here and the service has always... been fantastic. Dr Yaqoob explained everything that was being done and discussed what she was seeing in my eyes and what to do about them. Thanks so much to her and all the staff, especially Carlos

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Dry Eyes Treatment in Westside

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