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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.


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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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- Jun. 10, 2024
Great experience great staff
- Jun. 08, 2024
Dr. Parker is very good, very knowledgeable and professional. Quinn Eye Center is bright and uncrowd... ed, and the employees are professional and helpful.
- Jun. 06, 2024
This eye doctor in town you will not be disappointed. He takes time with you and he explains everyth... ing.
- May. 30, 2024
So great in every way. Thank you.
- May. 29, 2024
Great care, great staff, always reliable.
- May. 17, 2024
Really nice place, clean and bright and efficiently run! Dr. Desai was professional, patient, and ve... ry thorough. Highly recommend!
- May. 11, 2024
Brenna and trinity are the best! They are always laughing and smiling, but know how to get things ru... nning!
- May. 07, 2024
Staff very polite, facility clean. An abundance of glasses and sunglasses for o choose from in a goo... d price range. And I am in love with my new glasses.
- May. 03, 2024
Quick and easy visit with clear communication of the eval.
- Apr. 30, 2024
Dr. Desai is wonderful. I was impressed by how thorough her exam was. I felt like I was in very good... care. She provided education and great recommendations for eye health. I will definitely continue my care with her.
- Apr. 30, 2024
Dr. Parker is Awesome!!!!
- Apr. 22, 2024
Quinn eye center is a super clean place. The Dr. was super professional and nice.
- Apr. 18, 2024
Sara A. was the best technician I have ever had, she was so welcoming and comforting even when I was... really scared about my eye condition. She is the only reason I come back every time!
- Apr. 11, 2024
Always a pleasure to have my eye appointments here. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Great doctors ... who take time to explain everything to you.
- Apr. 09, 2024
My go to office to update my prescription in Gainesville. A little pricey compare to other places bu... t very comprehensive eye exams and professional service! Communicate your concerns and they will work with you.
- Apr. 02, 2024
Best optometry office I've ever seen. So efficient, organized, staff is so capable and friendly. L... ove Dr. Parker. He spent extra time with me on two occasions to ensure everything was taken care of. As a health care provider myself, I can't say enough about Quinn Eye Center. A+ team!
- Mar. 18, 2024
Always friendly, always informed, always try to make things happen quickly. I have called multiple t... imes for same-day help and have gotten seen. It's a new, clean, and welcoming facility.
- Mar. 15, 2024
Clean and well staffed. My first visit to a new eye Dr. in 26 years. Thorough and Friendly. I will c... ertainly recommend to friends.
- Mar. 12, 2024
Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Efficient and explained all procedures and results clearly. Willin... g to take the time to answer questions.
- Mar. 08, 2024
Pleasant experience all around

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Dry Eyes Treatment in Gainesville

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