Dry Eye Treatment
Chronic dry eyes can cause chronic discomfort due to constant itchiness and watering. Plus, contact lenses become uncomfortable to wear.
Dry eye syndrome affects five million Americans and can be caused by lack of tear production, too much screen time, or eye surgery issues.
Tired of itchy, dry eyes? At Cohen Eye Associates in St. Louis, MO, we offer safe and effective dry eye treatments.
Need Dry Eye Treatment? Cohen Eye Associates Is Your Clear Choice for Better Vision
Without treatment, dry eye symptoms can eventually damage your cornea and impair your vision. Our doctors, ophthalmologist Bruce Cohen, MD, and optometrist Kathryn Noonan, OD, are highly-regarded and experienced eye care professionals in the St. Louis area. They're experts at prescribing and implementing the most up-to-date dry eye treatments.
Schedule Your Consultation
If your eyes are always red, burning, itching, or watering, contact Cohen Eye Associates today, either online or by phone. We've made it quick and easy to set up an informative dry eye consultation. Our doctors look forward to meeting you and discussing treatments at our comfortable and modern St. Louis, MO, office.
Call Us: (314) 361-5003
Insurance Coverage Not All Dry Eye Treatments Are Fully Covered by Insurance
- Some advanced treatments, like LipiFlow®, aren't covered and can cost around $700 to $900 per eye.
- We accept most HMO/PPO plans and our friendly staff will file claim forms on your behalf.
- We also proudly accept affordable financing through CareCredit® for qualified patients, and we accept all major credit cards.
- At Cohen Eye Associates in St. Louis, we believe that everyone whose life is affected by uncomfortable, dry eye disease should receive the treatment they need, despite financial issues.
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What Causes Dry Eye?
Many Factors Can Cause You to Have Dry Eyes
Blocked Tear Ducts
Did you know that watery eyes can be a symptom of dry eyes? Blocked or malformed tear ducts can cause your tear-producing lacrimal glands to work twice as hard to moisten your eyes, resulting in excessive tearing.
Allergy medicine, birth control pills, antidepressants, and other types of medication can reduce your body's ability to produce lubricating tears.
Eyelid diseases, like blepharitis or meibomian eyelid gland dysfunction, decrease the lubricating oil in your tears. These conditions can cause eyelid irritation and reduced tear production.
Lack of Blinking
Staring for hours at a computer, cell phone, or TV screen can reduce the natural tendency to blink. Blinking is an important function that distributes moisturizing tears across the surface of the eyes.
Living in low-humidity climates, as well as windy, dusty locations, can cause irritating symptoms and chronic dry eyes.
Studies show that adults over 50, particularly women, are at a higher risk of developing dry eye symptoms than younger people.
Not enough Vitamin A (carrots, broccoli) or Omega-3 fatty acids (fish, nuts, oils) can affect the lubricating quality of your tears. It's also important to stay hydrated.
Diseases such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid issues, and diabetes may contribute to dry eyes.
Contact lenses can prevent lubricating tears from moistening the surface area of your eyes. Studies show that over 50 percent of contact lens wearers need treatment such as eye drops to relieve dry eyes.
How Common Is This Condition?
See How Dry Eyes Can Be Treated
Surgical treatment for dry eye disease is rare. But if needed, your doctor may suggest:
- Permanently closing your tear ducts so moisturizing tears don't drain away
- Tightening drooping lower eyelids to prevent excessive drainage of tears
- Plastic surgery to adjust your eyelids so they close completely when you blink, allowing for maximum tear distribution
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