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Dry Eye Treatment in Columbia

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 Eyes On Missouri - Columbia 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 Columbia 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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- Apr. 29, 2024
Great at always. Care team is very attentive and always ready to answer questions.
- Apr. 21, 2024
Very good staff and doctor! Highly recommend.
- Mar. 22, 2024
Everyone was very thorough, friendly, and quick!
- Feb. 05, 2024
I really appreciate the staff and their ability to make sure you have what you need.
- Jan. 23, 2024
They are friendly and helpful. The eye doctor is really nice.
- Jan. 12, 2024
I was very pleased with my visit to this Dr. for an eye exam, and glasses.The Dr and staff were very... professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. The receptionist that scheduled my appointment was very patient, and courteous, the Dr. was professional, and answered all my questions, and the optical technician that helped me select my glasses, were all top notch, and I would definitely recommend this business.
- Dec. 07, 2023
Office staff very nice and professional. Doctor was easy to talk to and was informative about result... s of my exam. It was my first visit and plan to return for next exam!
- Oct. 21, 2023
My experience was not only professional but efficient and reliable. I would recommend to others.
- Aug. 08, 2023
I had an awesome experience with Eyes on Missouri.
- Jul. 24, 2023
I have worn glasses since the age of 3 and this is probably THE BEST experience I have ever had with... a vision exam. Dr. Renner was EXCELLENT at answering questions and so so so patient with the 1s and 2s. David, at the front desk, is highly efficient and knows anything you could possibly want to know about that office. Sydney was fabulously empathetic and very professional with my initial testing (no puffs there!!!) and Natalie rounded it all off with her expertise with frames, contacts, insurance, etc. It was just wonderful and with my horrible vision I never know what to expect or what I'll be told. So this visit was informative, fast and comfortable. NO QUESTION is stupid and you just feel like they have your best interests at heart. That's not easy to find anymore. Wish I could give it 500 stars!!!
- Jul. 21, 2023
Good service all around
- Jun. 12, 2023
Super friendly staff and quick to get an eye exam. I was even checked after I put in a new contact p... rescription to make sure everything was clear. Highly recommend!
- Mar. 19, 2023
First and foremost, they're on time!! The front staff is knowledgeable and answered all my questions... . The Dr and her staff are top notch and actually are very personable- not just robots doing a job. To sum up, Eyes on Missouri is one of the best eye care and glasses outlet I've had the pleasure to experience!! Cheers!
- Mar. 06, 2023
I had a great experience with my first appointment here! The staff and doctor were professional and ... friendly. I didn’t feel pressured to buy anything I didn't want or need after the appointment, either, which was a lovely change. I would recommend them!
- Feb. 09, 2023
Great great place. Love Dr. Renner - she's awesome. All the staff are kind and knowledgeable! Nice s... election of glasses.
- Dec. 23, 2022
I've been coming to them for a few years. One time I brought a friend to them ,because everybody els... e told him no and Eyes On Missouri got him what he needed in no time. The staff is very friendly and eager to help you.
- Dec. 09, 2022
Awesome staff and always a great selection of frames to choose from!
- Sep. 21, 2022
10/10 Was an exceptional experience!
- Sep. 20, 2022
Excellent place to go get your eyes checked or. Buy glasses very helpful and kind people great price... s ☺️ great atmosphere
- Sep. 11, 2022
Great staff!!! They have always met my needs and go above an beyond to make sure that I'm comfortabl... e with the decisions/choices with my Eyewear.

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Dry Eyes Treatment in Columbia

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