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Dry Eye Treatment in Dayton

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 Shawnee Optical - Dayton 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 Dayton 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 Dayton

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Hours
  • Monday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Thursday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
  • May. 27 Closed
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  • Medicare
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Patient Reviews
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- May. 05, 2024
Everyone was quite courteous and personable and knew exactly what they were doing. Dr Hardin was gr... eat she discovered things with my eyes that Cincinnati Eye Institute didn't even find I was thrilled with my experience there.
- May. 04, 2024
The staff at Shawnee Optical is so very friendly and they make you feel so welcomed. Dr, Hardin is ... so professional and so very nice. She explains things to you whereas you understand what’s going on.
- Apr. 22, 2024
Best eye doctor and caring staff in town!
- Apr. 04, 2024
The staff here are top notch! So kind and helpful. Dr Hardin is a true gift!
- Mar. 26, 2024
All women; very professional; very thorough. I could not be happier with my experience there.
- Mar. 25, 2024
Great service
- Feb. 28, 2024
Dr. Hardin is the best. Very knowledgeable. I've gone here for years and she is the best doctor to b... e there. I highly recommend.
- Feb. 23, 2024
I LOVE Dr Hardin and her staff! They are all so nice and knowledgeable. You never feel rushed or pre... ssured and Dr Hardin KNOWS HER STUFF! She’s the best eye doctor I’ve ever been to.
- Feb. 14, 2024
Dr. Harden is caring, thorough, personable, and explains things extremely well. The staff is caring,... personable, and competent.
- Dec. 28, 2023
The place is always clean and staff are very helpful. If you are utilizing insurance they do a great... job of making sure you get the best bang for your buck. Very happy to have a reliable doctor for all my questions.
- Nov. 23, 2023
Im so glad i changed eye drs. I was going to My Eye Dr in austin landing, and i learned that the con... tacts they gave me were wrong, and i had eye issues i didnt know about. Dr. Hardin and her staff are so nice, and very detailed. I would highly recommend them.
- Nov. 12, 2023
Dr. Hardin is passionate about her job and I actually look forward to eye exams. Her entire staff at... Shawnee Optical is excellent.
- Nov. 05, 2023
Dr. Hardin is the best eye doctor I've seen. She takes her time with exams and thoroughly explains h... er findings. She is kind and you can tell she really cares about her patients. Her staff are a joy to enteract with also. They are all friendly and helpful. You can tell they enjoy their jobs. Would highly recommend Shawnee Optical!
- Oct. 28, 2023
Super sweet staff. Had a lovely time.
- Oct. 01, 2023
Doctor very thorough during examination. Staff helpful and friendly.
- Sep. 22, 2023
Everything I would want and expect in a business!
- Sep. 11, 2023
5 star service from Dr Hardin and staff. All are very friendly, attentive, knowledgeable and thoro... ugh. I highly recommend ⭐️
- Sep. 06, 2023
Excellent service
- Sep. 03, 2023
By far the best place to receive 5star service in a clean friendly environment. I absolutely recomme... nd this place for families with or without children.
- Aug. 11, 2023
The team at Shawnee Optical was welcoming and efficient the moment I walked in the door. Dr. Hardin ... offered in-depth explanations of my eyes that no other optometrist has ever bothered to provide and she was available to answer any additional questions I had. The team even went above and beyond to help me save money on my prescriptions which was a thoughtful and much appreciated gesture. Do yourself a favor and go see the team at Shawnee Optical.

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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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