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Dry Eye Treatment in Elk Grove Village

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 Elk Grove 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 Elk Grove Village 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 Treatment in Elk Grove Village

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Hours
  • Monday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Spectera
  • Anthem
  • EyeMed
  • Blue Cross
  • MetLife
  • Aetna
Patient Reviews
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- May. 02, 2024
Aryaan and Dr Kim are the best, they make you comfortable.
- Mar. 30, 2024
(Translated by Google) We liked everything from the beginning, they treated us very well and everyon... e was very, very kind and my children liked it a lot. (Original) Nos gustó todo des del principio tratan muy bien y muy pero muy amables todos y a mis hijos les gustó mucho .
- Jan. 17, 2024
Dr.Kim was very prompt and polite to my kids
- Jan. 13, 2024
Korean lady doctor was able to find the cause of eye pain. Gave a very good solution. Deatil Orient... ed. Excellent doctor!
- Dec. 04, 2023
It was my first time coming and I saw Dr.Kim, and I really loved this place. The doctor was so patie... nt and really took their time explaining to you to help you understand what you have and what you can do about it. The associates that were working as well were extremely nice. I am planning to bring my parents here to get eye exams too.
- Nov. 23, 2023
Great experience.
- Oct. 23, 2023
Such a smooth and efficient process, Airrionne was very helpful and honest about prices and the fram... es fitting my face to help me pick the best one! Highly recommend for an easy quick appointment and Dr. Mehta is very sweet!
- Sep. 21, 2023
Dr. Patel did my exam. Until now, no one ever explained the reasoning behind the difference between ... my contact lens prescription and my glasses prescription. She went into detail about astigmatism and how contacts of a higher prescription can compensate the uneven shape of the eyes without being engineered for astigmatic eyes. Was pretty cool to get those details finally after 10 years of glasses lol. The rest of the staff was great at informing me of my contacts and frames options and how that'd work with my vision insurance. I especially appreciate that they carry designer frames. Ended up really impressed with the service and casual professionalism of everyone at the store. Will definitely be back for my vision needs!
- Aug. 26, 2023
Satisfied
- Jun. 14, 2023
Dr. Niki Mehta was super helpful and knowledgeable. Made the experience 100x better
- Jun. 12, 2023
Thank you Doctor Kim and the wonderful Staff: Hilda, Gina, Angie, Analis and the rest. Keep it up.
- Apr. 19, 2023
Great team and efficient operation at Elk Grove Optical. Highly recommend.
- Mar. 11, 2023
I recommend this place I came without an appointment. I had an eye accident and they accepted me fo... r which I am very grateful
- Mar. 07, 2023
I was in and out in about 30 mins including getting fitted for a new pair of sunglasses.
- Mar. 06, 2023
Amazing place. You must come here
- Mar. 03, 2023
Everyone was extremely helpful and kind during my visit for a standard eye checkup
- Jan. 13, 2023
Great energy and everyone there was really nice
- Jan. 09, 2023
I had a scratched cornea and they were able to get me in the same day that I needed. The staff and ... doctors are all amazing. I highly recommend them.
- Jan. 05, 2023
Very quick and responsive. My longest wait time was no more than 7 minutes from entering to leaving.... No problems with getting the glasses either. Overall great experience.
- Nov. 21, 2022
Professional and friendly staff.

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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

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