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Dry Eye Treatment in Paynesville

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 Insight Eye Care - Paynesville 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 Paynesville 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 Paynesville

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  • Tuesday 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday Closed
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
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Patient Reviews
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- Mar. 13, 2024
Excellent!!
- Nov. 07, 2023
I am a new patient and I had a very positive experience!
- Oct. 13, 2023
Feel so safe and confident going to Dr Friederichs
- Sep. 17, 2023
If you are having problems with your vision etc. the best place to go with Dr. Fredericks because he... definitely will find out what’s going on or he would recommend you to someplace that well I have already recommended him many times to my friends. I will continue to do so.
- Nov. 15, 2022
Excellent care. Professional service. Friendly atmosphere.
- Sep. 03, 2022
Intelligent, friendly, caring staff
- Aug. 04, 2022
They are loving & caring people! They listen to my concerns and do an excellent job explaining.
- Mar. 30, 2022
Dr Friedreichs is excellent, explains procedures well. Front desk staff is pleasant. Large selection... of frames.
- Dec. 07, 2021
Great experience, super staff
- Sep. 27, 2021
treated me good and doctor and nurses was so caring.
- Apr. 29, 2021
Very thorough testing & exam, Dr Paradis was very good and explaining things to me during the exam. ... Customer service from the minute I walked in the clinic was so professional & welcoming. They have great selection of glasses to choose from as well!
- Mar. 09, 2021
The staff is very friendly and accommodating. Very clean comfortable office!
- Jan. 19, 2021
The ONLY place and people I trust in helping me care for my eyes.
- Aug. 19, 2020
I highly recommend Insight for any of your eye care needs. Dr. Friederichs was very friendly and to... ok the time to do a thorough exam. Anne also helped me out when I needed some contacts last minute. They are so willing to help and make your experience great.

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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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