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Dry Eye Treatment in Chehalis

Offering Lasting Relief For Dry, Itchy & Gritty Eyes

(360) 748-9228

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 Lewis County Eye & Vision 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 Chehalis 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. 21, 2024
Hardly had to wait just a minute or 2 Dr. Explained everything so I understood my eyes condition. Gr... eat place to go for vision care the receptionists are all great people.
- Jun. 23, 2024
Friendly staff, great service!
- May. 23, 2024
I really appreciated the friendly and knowledgeable staff. I felt comfortable. They understood what ... I needed and took great care to explain my options.
- May. 03, 2024
Great service and very professional
- May. 02, 2024
Dr. Staddord is an amazing optometrist my son absolutely loves him and his team !
- Apr. 24, 2024
Great staff and doctors!
- Apr. 09, 2024
Excellent service and care.
- Apr. 07, 2024
Friendly and helpful staff. Dr. Burrows always listens and respects my time.
- Apr. 05, 2024
They were able to get me in for an emergency prescription, good customer service and awesome team.
- Mar. 18, 2024
Great doctors and staff. I would highly recommend this facility.
- Mar. 10, 2024
Excellent service, very nice Staff members, facilities and equipment are quite impressive.
- Mar. 02, 2024
Lovely experience as a new patient (my senior mom). The staff is kind and efficient. The technician ... helping select frames is a gem. Thank you for making us feel welcome and well taken care of. We highly recommend this clinic.
- Feb. 23, 2024
I am a new client, and felt very welcomed today by the whole staff! Lisa at the front desk is a swee... theart and Dr. Burrows is very insightful about any questions I had. Definitely happy to have a found this place. Thank you guys!
- Feb. 13, 2024
Very professional staff, excellent at their work.
- Feb. 12, 2024
Great service and wonderful staff. Equipment is top notch and the staff listen to you.
- Feb. 02, 2024
The people here are very nice and courteous. Dr. Burrows is a great eye doctor. I've been seeing the... m for years and highly recommend them.
- Jan. 30, 2024
Great service from staff and my doctor
- Dec. 17, 2023
I so much appreciate the great patient care and skillful approach over the years. Dr. Burrows and D... r. Stoddard offer professional and personal experience. The staff is friendly and takes care of every detail. I recommend them highly.
- Dec. 06, 2023
Went in for an eye exam. Service was fast, polite, and professional. No complaints at all. Definitel... y recommend
- Nov. 19, 2023
Great service and are fast

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Dry Eyes Treatment in Chehalis

Our optometry practice in Chehalis

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Hours
  • Monday 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday 7:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Spectera
  • EyeMed
  • Blue Cross

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