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Dry Eye Treatment in Blue Springs

Offering Lasting Relief For Dry, Itchy & Gritty Eyes

(816) 229-2020

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 Blue Springs Optical 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 Blue Springs 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. 13, 2024
Very helpful staff.
- Jul. 12, 2024
I’ve been a patient for 30 years. They are caring and supportive professionals! I’ve only been t... o someone else once due to my insurance. NEVER again no matter what! Dr. Wilson has been amazing and deserves his upcoming retirement!
- Jul. 11, 2024
Friendly staff, who get me hooked up with some new frames!
- Jun. 30, 2024
We love Blue Springs Optical!
- Jun. 22, 2024
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- Jun. 21, 2024
Friendly staff, great experience.
- Jun. 20, 2024
Dr Enevoldsen is the best. So patient and understanding. She listens and explains things. She does n... ot rush the exam. Nikki has been there forever, and it’s nice to always see a familiar face.
- Jun. 13, 2024
Loving my new glasses! Thank you Bluesprings optical!
- May. 22, 2024
Excellent service all around. Highly recommend!
- May. 07, 2024
I love my new glasses that I got at Blue Springs Optical, and I love my doctor, she is very thorough... with her exams which I appreciate! All of the staff and doctors are very friendly and helpful!
- May. 04, 2024
The staff was wonderful and Dr. Wilson was very kind and explained everything in details.
- May. 02, 2024
Great experience. Highly recommend Dr. Rich Wilson!
- Apr. 26, 2024
Best care for my eyes I have ever experienced since I began wearing glasses in my teens, and I will ... be 70 in September! Dr. Krause answered all my questions. She is professional and skilled and I just trust her.
- Apr. 19, 2024
Friendly DR and staff, took the time to make sure they got it right the first time, I was unhappy wi... th my previous provider, they could not get my glasses right after 3 attempts, frustrated I decided to switch to Blue Springs Optical, I can see again! So happy I made the switch. Try them I'm sure you will like them as much as I do.
- Apr. 15, 2024
Excellent customer service; everyone in the office was helpful and friendly from scheduling the appo... intment, to check-in, eye exam, selecting and ordering glasses, and returning to pick-up glasses.
- Apr. 05, 2024
Awesome staff and selection options. Thank you
- Apr. 05, 2024
A+ Team!!!
- Mar. 27, 2024
Blue Springs Optical is a tight ship! You won’t be left waiting, and they won’t rush you. The st... aff is very helpful and knowledgeable. Also no scary annoying puffer here. I wouldn’t trust my peepers with anyone other than Dr. Krause!
- Mar. 09, 2024
This is such an amazing place I worked here for 13 years. The staff is trustworthy and friendly. The... Doctors are knowledgeable and really care. The opticians know their stuff and don't recommend low quality materials. Wonderful place.
- Mar. 07, 2024
Friendly staff that helped me navigate all my insurance hurdles.

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Dry Eyes Treatment in Blue Springs

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  • Tuesday 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Thursday 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
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