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Dry Eye Treatment in Sanford

Offering Lasting Relief For Dry, Itchy & Gritty Eyes

(407) 333-3937

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 Advanced EyeCare 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 Sanford 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 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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- Jul. 23, 2024
We love Advanced Eye Care and have been coming here for years for our eye care needs, highly recomme... nd! Dr. Christie, Dr. Ben and Dr. Le and the entire Team there are all wonderful!!
- Jul. 10, 2024
I had a great experience here! My son is 6 and eye appointments are difficult and the staff did such... a good job being patient and making it fun. Sam was incredible, he was so kind to my son and made the process so smooth! Dr. Ben was incredible and kind and thorough! Everyone should come here if they are in need of glasses or an eye exam!
- Jul. 05, 2024
Sam is fantastic. He made the visit enjoyable! The office is professional and clean. They don’t le... ave you lingering as a patient. No pressure in buying anything but lay options out for you to consider.
- Jul. 04, 2024
The doctors and staff are friendly, attentive and thorough.
- Jun. 30, 2024
Thorough staff and the best vision solution to accommodate my work and hobbies.
- Jun. 18, 2024
Sam the optician assistant/technician was an incredible help. He made the process smooth, quick, and... with excellent care. His attention to detail was stellar. Anyone would feel secure with their optical health in his hands.
- Jun. 07, 2024
Great staff , very professional service
- May. 31, 2024
Some family members recommended Advanced EyeCare recently and my husband and I are so pleased with o... ur switch. Dr. Christy and her team did a marvelous job assessing my vision and providing me with a more accurate contact lens Rx. I returned today for a follow-up and had a marvelous tech, "Sam", who had the best personality. He did a great job explaining everything, was attentive and had a good sense of humor. I could tell how serious he took his job. Keep up the great work! Thank you Advanced EyeCare Michelle Medina
- May. 14, 2024
Advanced EyeCare is a superior eye care provider with knowledgeable, professional, and friendly staf... f.
- Apr. 26, 2024
I got an appointment for next day, Autumn assisted me upon my arrival and was super friendly and did... not hesitate to answer any questions I had, everyone was really nice and the appointment was quick yet thorough.
- Apr. 25, 2024
I can’t say enough good about Advanced Eye Care & staff re: my 4/24/24 Full Eye Exam❤️ Dr Ben ... Larson, Sam, Ariana & Autum were all Top-Notch. I might’ve missed a name but every person I dealt with was kind, respectful, thorough & totally professional‼️ They’re always at the top of their game😊
- Mar. 28, 2024
Advanced EyeCare is the best. They have a great team. Sam is very nice and educated.
- Mar. 14, 2024
Went to annual eye exam today. Sam was the technician and he did an amazing job! Made the experience... fun. He has a great attitude and is very professional.
- Feb. 09, 2024
Great staff to work with. Autumn made checking in simple and Dr Christy walked me through my contac... t lens options. Great customer service
- Feb. 08, 2024
Had a great experience on my routine vision exam with Sam…. Wonderful experience… Thanks Sam
- Feb. 07, 2024
Sam was great! Always good to see Dr Ben. Very thorough exam and the environment and vibe is wonderf... ul.
- Jan. 28, 2024
My first visit to Advanced Eyecare in Sanford was in January. First, the office is lovely, up-to-dat... e, with comfortable seating. The staff was friendly and concerned about my comfort. And the eye exam was the most comprehensive I have ever had. Also, if you want a great selection of glasses,, you’ll find what you’re looking for. I highly recommend Advanced Eyecare.
- Dec. 22, 2023
Sam was great!
- Dec. 22, 2023
Sam was very friendly and personable. He made the eye exam experience pleasant and fun and was conve... rsational and cheerful during the holiday season. He used my name frequently during the encounter which created a more welcoming and personalized visit. Sam is awesome!
- Dec. 11, 2023
Everyone is awesome...this is the place to go

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Dry Eyes Treatment in Sanford

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