Find Relief for Dry Eyes
Have you experienced itchy, gritty, or burning eyes, and the feeling just won’t go away? Dry eye disease could be the culprit, a common chronic condition affecting around 4.88 million Americans over 50.
Dry eye disease results from a dysfunction in your tear production. When your eyes are not properly lubricated, your vision and comfort can suffer greatly. Thankfully, there are treatments and alternatives to help address the problem.
Dry Eye Causes & Symptoms
Dry eye can result from an improper balance of tear production and drainage. Advanced dry eyes may even damage the front surface of the eye and impair vision. Older adults frequently experience dry eye, but it can happen to anyone.
Medications, other diseases, obstructions of glands, hormone changes, and many various medical situations can create dry eye symptoms.
When you have dry eye disease, you may experience the following symptoms:
- Irritated, itchy, or burning eyes
- Feeling like there’s something in your eyes
- Excessive watering
- Blurred vision
How Littlefield Eye Associates Can Help
While dry eye can be a chronic condition, our eye doctors can prescribe treatment. This can help keep your eyes healthy, more comfortable, and prevent your vision from being affected. Specific treatments aim to restore or maintain the normal amount of tears in the eye to minimize dryness or related discomfort. Our goal with treatment is to maintain your optimal eye health.
Prescription Eye Drops
We can treat your dry eye symptoms with eye drops (artificial tears) to help reduce redness, inflammation, and support tear production. Based on your dry eye symptoms, we may prescribe medicated eye drops with anti-inflammatory properties.
Punctal plugs are tiny devices that we can insert into your tear ducts to improve tear retention and production. About the size of a grain of rice, the punctal plugs stop tears from draining out of your eye, keeping your eyes well lubricated and alleviating dry eye symptoms. They’re safe and effective and come in temporary or semi-permanent varieties. Find out if punctal plugs will work for your eyes.
Adding healthful foods and supplements to your diet can bolster your eye health. Studies have found that omega-3 fatty acids assist with maintaining healthy vision and supporting our bodies. These powerful nutrients come from fish oil and are easily packaged as supplements. Please contact us before adding supplements to your diet.
Get Relief Today
To learn more about this condition, watch the video below. Please schedule an appointment with us if you are experiencing any discomfort in your eyes, or if you suspect that you have dry eye disease.
Hours & Location
Littlefield Eye Associates is located at 220 West 75th Street between Wornall Road and Wyandotte Street, across from the CVS Pharmacy and ALDI.
- 220 W 75th Street
- Kansas City, MO 64114
Hours of Operation
- Monday: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Tuesday: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Wednesday: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Thursday: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Friday: 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed