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Dry Eye Treatment in Blaine

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 Village Eye Clinic for effective and lasting dry eye relief.

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For wheelchair-accessible eye exams, please visit our sister office, Birch Lake Eye Clinic.


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 Blaine 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 Blaine

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Hours
  • Monday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Spectera
  • Superior Vision
  • Davis Vision
  • EyeMed
  • Blue Cross
Patient Reviews
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- Mar. 23, 2024
Extremely friendly and helpful staff. Great experience.
- Mar. 11, 2024
The welcoming, caring and knowledgeable staff along with the countless number of frames to pick from... is outstanding in every way! My wife and I have found this to be an absolutely remarkable place like no other to go to and we will continue to be faithful customers!!
- Mar. 08, 2024
Staff is very friendly and efficient. They also care about getting it right. I ordered my glasses an... d they came in 1 week early
- Feb. 25, 2024
This clinic is a gem! Friendly, knowledgeable and a relaxed atmosphere. Highly recommend.
- Feb. 23, 2024
I could not speak more highly of this clinic. Dr. Lucas was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. Al... so, a shout out to the optometrist (Alice) that helped me pick out a flattering frame. They were both professional and friendly. I am very pleased with the care I received here.
- Feb. 15, 2024
The staff was very professional and friendly, the clinic was clean, and Dr Kevin was very easy to ta... lk to
- Feb. 06, 2024
I was very happy with my eye exam service. It was smooth and they treated me like family. Every staf... f had a great attitude. I will be coming back for my eye exam next year.
- Jan. 28, 2024
Very friendly staff.
- Dec. 12, 2023
Dr. Brad is great!
- Nov. 12, 2023
Great Doctors, staff and service. Glasses can be expensive depending on your selections, so make sur... e to review all your options. I would highly recommend Village Eye for all your Eye Care needs.
- Oct. 20, 2023
quick and efficient.
- Oct. 12, 2023
I love Village Eye, Dr. Brad is great and I love the glasses they helped me pick out!
- Sep. 24, 2023
Good local place for eye car. Friendly and helpful people.
- Sep. 23, 2023
Very friendly staff. Dr Lundell answered my questions and didn’t seem to be in a rush.
- Sep. 19, 2023
Great place to check your vision. Super great people all around. With a ton of knowledge.
- Sep. 11, 2023
Always super service!
- Sep. 04, 2023
The staff and doctor were so friendly and informative. Great experience overall.
- Sep. 03, 2023
They do all the for work, while you try on the product. Frames size was perfect fit.
- Aug. 18, 2023
Dr Lundell and her team were great and I was very happy with the service I was given as a first time... client and will definitely be getting me annual stuff done here from now on.
- Aug. 12, 2023
Dr Schwantke is really amazing with the kids! He can really easily interpret the four year old’s ... ranting about what he can and cannot see. He can also interpret this Mommy’s aging eyes easily! Brent is very literally the first person we call when there is an issue with our glasses. He has helped us countless times mending while we wait for a new pair etc! Everyone at Village Eye is friendly and helpful. Brent and Dr Schwantke are just a large cut above an already great staff!

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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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