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Dry Eye

Dry Eye Treatment in Dayton, Springboro & Surrounding Areas

If you suffer from frequent eye irritation, redness, itching, or burning eyes, dry eye syndrome could be the culprit. Dry Eye Syndrome, also known as keratoconjunctivitis sicca, ocular surface disease, or dry eye disease, occurs when your eyes produce poor quality or not enough tears. The causes, symptoms, and severity of dry eye syndrome can vary greatly, but luckily there are a variety of dry eye treatment options available.

Dry eyes are very common – more than 16 million people in the United States are affected by dry eye syndrome.1 Just because it is a common problem, doesn’t mean you have to live with the discomfort of dry eyes. If dry eye symptoms are preventing you from enjoying common activities, we can help; the dry eye specialists at CVP Physicians Dayton are highly experienced in diagnosing and treating chronic dry eyes.

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Dry Eye Symptoms

Dry eye symptoms can range from mild irritation to chronic issues that interfere with day-to-day life. Symptoms, which vary and may occur in one or both eyes, include:

Dry Eye Causes

Dry eye syndrome can occur at any age, and in people who are otherwise healthy. However, certain factors may contribute to chronic dry eyes:

How is Dry Eye Syndrome Diagnosed?

If your eyes often feel dry or irritated, the ophthalmologists at CVP Physicians Dayton can perform specific diagnostic tests to assess the quantity and quality of your tears. These tests are non-invasive and typically cause no discomfort. Figuring out the underlying cause of your dry eye symptoms can help us create the best dry eye treatment plan for you. Dry eye diagnostic tools include:

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Treatment Options for Dry Eye Relief

The eye doctors at CVP Physicians Dayton specialize in a full range of dry eye treatments that have been clinically proven to reduce the discomfort of dry eye symptoms. Our dry eye treatment plans are customized for each patient to provide relief from immediate symptoms while also caring for your long-term eye health and vision.

Over-the-counter Eye Drops for Dry Eyes – Artificial Tears and Lubricants

Artificial tears, gels, and ointments are often the first step toward dry eye relief. Eye drops available at your local pharmacy come in a variety of formulas, either over-the-counter or by prescription. Your eye doctor can recommend the best options for you.

Prescription Eye Drops for Dry Eyes – Anti-Inflammatory Medications and Steroid Eye Drops

Prescription eye drops, such as RESTASIS® and Xiidra®, lubricate the eye’s surface while also reducing inflammation. They can help your body produce natural tears to keep your eyes healthy, moist and comfortable. Prescription eye drops made with corticosteroids may be used to treat irritation, pain, and redness of chronic dry eyes. These steroid eye drops are often used in conjunction with artificial tears or Restasis/Xiidra to help relieve severe short-term issues before longer term approaches can be pursued.

Nutritional Supplements for Dry Eyes

A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in nuts and fish, and vitamin A, which is found in carrots and broccoli, can support healthy eyes. Oral supplements of Omega-3 fatty acids may be recommended to improve the quality of tears and calm inflammation on the eyelids.

Lifestyle Modifications to Prevent Dry Eyes

There are several steps you can take on your own to prevent or ease dry eye symptoms:

Procedures to Treat Dry Eyes

If eye drops and lifestyle changes do not give you the relief you need, we offer dry eye procedures.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Dry Eyes

Is there a cure for Dry Eye Disease?

No, although there is no cure for dry eye, the eye doctors at CVP Physicians Dayton have the expertise to treat dry eye and are passionate about finding ways to manage your dry eye symptoms.

Why was I diagnosed with dry eyes if my problem is watery eyes?

It can seem counterintuitive that watery eyes are a symptom of dry eye syndrome, but excessive tearing or watery eyes are often a sign that your body is overcompensating for the dryness or reacting to the irritation of dry eyes.

Is dry eye syndrome a serious problem?

The severity of dry eyes can vary greatly, but if left untreated, dry eyes can lead to serious vision issues. Chronic dry eyes can result in eye infections, corneal abrasions, and loss of vision.2

How do I know which dry eye treatment is right for me?

At CVP Physicians Dayton, we will take the time to assess your eyes, discuss your symptoms, and explain your treatment options in order to create a personalized dry eye care plan. Treating dry eye symptoms sooner rather than later can improve your eye health and protect your eyes from damage. Contact us today to get started.

Contact CVP Physicians Dayton for Dry Eye Treatment

The dry eye specialists at our Dayton, Springboro, and greater Ohio eye care practices are dedicated to improving quality of life for our patients by offering personalized care and the most advanced dry eye treatment options. Contact us today with any questions or to schedule an appointment.

1 Farrand KF, Fridman M, Stillman IÖ, Schaumberg DA. Prevalence of Diagnosed Dry Eye Disease in the United States Among Adults Aged 18 Years and Older. Am J Ophthalmol. 2017;182:90‐98. doi:10.1016/j.ajo.2017.06.033
2 Mayo Clinic. Dry Eyes. Available Accessed May 26, 2020.

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89 Sylvania Drive
Dayton, OH 45440

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6601 Centerville Business Pkwy, Suite 350
Dayton, OH 45459

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77 E. Woodbury Dr., #100
Dayton, OH 45415

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580 N. Main Street
Springboro, OH 45066

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Troy, OH 45373

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