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Dry Eye Treatment in Woodbury

Offering Lasting Relief For Dry, Itchy & Gritty Eyes

(651) 436-3356

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 Woodbury Eye Clinic 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 Woodbury 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. 07, 2024
Dr Cole and his staff are friendly caring and Dr Cole goes the extra distance to make sure my vision... is the best possible with my contacts.
- Jun. 07, 2024
Always a great experience visit the Clinic
- May. 31, 2024
I can't rave about Dr. Cole and the Woodbury EyeCare Clinic enough! Friendly, efficient staff and D... r. Cole's clinic, I'm convinced, is the ONLY clinic for neuro-optometry you want to visit. Absolutely sensational exam and initial diagnosis. I can't wait to meet again to review test results in depth and see the plan he puts together to treat my difficult condition. Alas, Google only offers 5 stars. I would have chosen 10 stars if it were an option. Truly amazing eye care!
- May. 07, 2024
Woodbury eye care clinic takes very good care of their patients. Thank you for all you do for your p... atients.
- Apr. 21, 2024
I really like doctor Nguyen. I was not impressed with the follow up for eye therapy, which told me ... "here's some codes, call your own insurance." I mean, you have billing people who presumably get paid. I'm not going to spend my time doing it. The whole point is, you say I need the service, you all ultimately bill the service, you make money from me and my insurance. You can do the other leg work. That said, back to it.. The office is pleasant. I like everyone who has helped me otherwise, so if you take out paragraph 2, I would say this is one of the best eye clinics I've been to. Dr. Nguyen is very personable, helpful, and kind. I referred my husband here shortly after. I liked the gal who helped me pick out my glasses. So, even though the situation in paragraph two irritated the crap out of me, I'll still do a 5 star.
- Apr. 15, 2024
Excellent experience for anyone who is requiring eye care needs.
- Apr. 03, 2024
Very friendly and knowledgeable Dr. and staff.
- Mar. 23, 2024
Dr. Nguyen and all the staff at Woodbury Eye Clinic make getting new glasses a breeze! The exam was ... extensive and the doctor carefully answered my many questions. She is also very friendly. My glasses were ready in less than a week. Pick up of the finished glasses was quick and easy even without an appointment. Thanks all!
- Mar. 18, 2024
The staff was professional and friendly. A great selection of frames!
- Mar. 12, 2024
Dr. Cole was very friendly and explained things very clearly. He also answered all my questions and ... didnt make me feel rushed. All the staff was very nice and friendly as well.
- Feb. 22, 2024
My 91-year-old grandmother had a stroke 9 months ago and lost a lot of her peripheral vision on her ... right side. Dr. Cole and his team have assisted her with slowly regaining some of that vision. The goal is not to get her driving again, but rather to just improve that peripheral vision so she can ambulate safely around her assisted living building. Not only has her vision improved, but so has her confidence and positive outlook. Having been very close to my grandmother for the majority of my life, I have watched how seniors are often treated as though there is no upside to aging. That is not the case at Woodbury EyeCare. In fact, we moved all of her eyecare from a different clinic that felt like a factory to Woodbury EyeCare because she has been treated so well. Thank you to everyone there for the outstanding work! We are very grateful!
- Jan. 27, 2024
This was my first experience at the Woodbury Eye Clinic. Dr. Nguyen made me feel comfortable from t... he get-go. She is extremely knowledgeable and takes time to listen to (and answer) any questions that you might have. I will definitely return to this clinic again for my yearly eye exam!
- Jan. 03, 2024
My doctor is freaking amazing
- Dec. 03, 2023
I always have a good experience at the Woodbury Eyecare Clinic
- Oct. 13, 2023
I don’t know where I would be if I hadn’t been referred to Dr. Cole. It has been life changing a... fter my TBI. I can’t thank him and his team enough.
- Oct. 05, 2023
Great staff and Dr Cole was very friendly. They were able to get me in on a last minute emergency ap... pointment because I had something in my eye. Felt instant relief and was relieved they were able to accommodate me and get me in right away!
- Sep. 30, 2023
Very thorough and professional
- Sep. 25, 2023
From the time I walked in, everyone was friendly and professional, I felt from the beginning of the ... appointment that I was in good hands and that if anyone can help me through my concussion, I'm in the best place.
- Sep. 04, 2023
I’ve been a return customer with my family since 2007 and never been disappointed.
- Jul. 01, 2023
Dr. Cole is ah-mazing!!!!!!! Love it there!!! We receive our family eye care yearly. Dr. Cole doe... s an excellent job at explaining the visual system and overall health. My son received vision therapy and is doing great, l love the care we get.

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Dry Eyes Treatment in Woodbury

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(651) 436-3356