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Dry Eye Treatment in Gainesville

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 Quinn Eye Center 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 Gainesville 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 Gainesville

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Patient Reviews
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- Feb. 17, 2024
Best eye exam that I have ever had. Staff were patient, kind, and professional. Examination was tho... rough and carefully administered. No rush!
- Feb. 16, 2024
Dr. Suggs is very thorough in her practice and exams. Very laid back atmosphere and plenty of inform... ation is provided.
- Feb. 15, 2024
A wonderful experience each time I go there.
- Feb. 14, 2024
Courteous, professional and takes time to explain details of procedures -good old-time service. The... staff are friendly and professional. Winning! Jay Horton
- Feb. 13, 2024
Top-notch service!
- Feb. 13, 2024
Dr. Quinn is always awesome! Would recommend him to anyone!
- Feb. 06, 2024
Great service, knowledgeable people.
- Jan. 27, 2024
My experience on yesterday was amazing. 100% satisfied.
- Jan. 26, 2024
Great professional care and service. Gracious staff. Beautiful facility. Excellent selection of eye ... wear.
- Jan. 17, 2024
Scheduling was so easy, all the staff was friendly and patient, and the selection of eyeglasses was ... great. This was an appointment for my young daughter--10/10 would recommend to everyone!
- Jan. 16, 2024
I called for an emergency appointment. Was able to get in there the same day. I have seen Dr Parker ... for a few years. He went above and beyond to make sure he didn’t miss anything. Thank you Dr Parker, for taking care of me while I was there.
- Jan. 15, 2024
Nice place and friendly people.
- Jan. 11, 2024
What a wonderful office with wonderful staff
- Jan. 08, 2024
Very friendly staff and service is great.
- Jan. 07, 2024
Dr. Suggs provided the most complete and thorough eye exam. My eyes are in the best hands!
- Jan. 03, 2024
Dr. Quinn has always been great! My entire family has been going to his eye center for years now. We... 've never had a bad experience. Dr Quinn offers a "people" based atmosphere, unlike chain or franchise eyewear stores. Highly recommended!
- Dec. 31, 2023
Dr. Parker listens to all of my concerns, answers all of my questions, which makes me feel heard and... acknowledged as his patient. I am grateful to have him as my eye specialist provider!
- Dec. 24, 2023
Easy to find and easy to deal with. Quality care from caring professionals.
- Dec. 23, 2023
Highly recommend this clinic!
- Dec. 21, 2023
Very nice staff and docs. Very helpful. Answered my questions. Made me feel at ease. Love this place... .

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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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