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Dry Eye Treatment in Oakdale

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 Oakdale Optical 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 Oakdale 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

Patient Reviews
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- May. 30, 2024
The process was quick, informative and thorough. The staff knew their jobs well and made the process... seamless. I was able to make a same day new patient appointment and it was no problem. Extremely well executed and great attention to detail. The whole assembly line of service was exceptional.
- May. 11, 2024
The staff is very helpful with all the needs from exam to picking out frames to follow up adjustment... s. Dr Cole is so knowledgeable and kwads a great team!
- Feb. 15, 2024
I was having trouble seeing well with my new prescription and Sedina, Nicole, and Kyle helped me res... olve the issue. It had been going on for a while and I was feeling discouraged. Their wonderful care and great service is very much appreciated!
- Feb. 11, 2024
Excellent staff, service and selection!
- Jan. 31, 2024
Excellent customer service from the front desk, the technician who helped me with eye testing from t... he Optometrist! Wonderful job as always!
- Dec. 28, 2023
Top Notch eye exam services with Class “A” staff. Highly recommended.
- Oct. 30, 2023
Everything was perfect. Called with questions and everything was handled.
- Sep. 22, 2023
Great staff!
- Aug. 30, 2023
This place has superb customer service!! We don’t live in the area and we’re on vacation here. ... My wife forgot her contacts back home. Oakdale Optical Center gave her a free set of trial lenses just to help us out after we had our eye doctor back home send in her prescription. Outstanding service! Thank you!
- Aug. 26, 2023
Dr Cole is the consummate professional, whom I trust to inform me about my eye health!
- Aug. 23, 2023
My husband and myself have patients at the clinic for 20+ years. The staff and Dr's are very kind he... lpful.
- Aug. 10, 2023
Dr Lauermann is fantastic! He makes you feel very calm and comfortable, he has great experience, I h... ave a specific condition and he takes his time, never rushes me. He is very thorough and explains everything, he is great to talk with! And Rochelle and Nicole are great also! I would refer everyone to go to this clinic! It's a very warm and welcoming atmosphere! Great energy in the clinic also!
- Jul. 05, 2023
Such a great team of people!
- Jul. 04, 2023
Excellent experience at this clinic. Dr. Thiem is a true expert and so are everyone on the staff. My... only advice… expand the eyeglass frame selection more. But even that was good. Excellence all around at this clinic.
- May. 04, 2023
Dr. Lauermann is all around aweosme!!! I was absolutely thrilled with the newest piece of technology... and equipment that is available so they did not have to dilate my eyes or my eye exam. It was well worth the $45 I had to pay. That made my yearly eye exam much more tolerable.
- Apr. 27, 2023
(Translated by Google) Excellent service (Original) Excelente servicio
- Mar. 02, 2023
First of all, I arrived at my appointment on the wrong day. I was actually two days early, and the n... ice young lady at the front desk was able to work me in to see someone the same day. I saw Dr Taylor Lauermann. Dr Lauermann was great. He was very personable and professional. I appreciated that during the eye exam he checked both eyes, to see whether or not the oil glands were clogged. Next, he explained the physiology of my eyes, as well as gave me informational on the best over the counter products to use to lessen the severity of my dry eye symptoms. Lastly, I would be remiss if I did not mention the optometric assistance that helped me with picking out new glasses. Her personality was electrifying.
- Feb. 14, 2023
Glad I went to Oakdale! Knowledgeable staff, and a calmer atmosphere from where I used to go.
- Nov. 03, 2022
Receptionist named Denay was so friendly and helpful.
- Oct. 26, 2022
Great experience, friendly staff, very knowledgeable.

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Dry Eyes Treatment in Oakdale

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  • Monday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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