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Dry Eye Treatment in Peoria

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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 Eye Tech Eyes 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 Peoria 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 Peoria

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Hours
  • Monday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Tuesday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Wednesday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Thursday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Friday 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • EyeMed
  • Spectera
  • Medicare
  • Versant Health
  • Heritage Vision Plans
Patient Reviews
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- May. 15, 2024
Everyone so professional and fun. Thank you all
- May. 14, 2024
Great service
- May. 03, 2024
Excellent Above any expectations. Wish I had found the eye care practice many years ago
- May. 02, 2024
So professional, always on schedule. Caring staff. Can’t say enough positive things. 5 years.
- Apr. 12, 2024
They got me in quickly same day with no hassle. Staff was polite and very helpful.
- Apr. 03, 2024
My family and I have been patients here since 2015, and we continue to be to this day because of the... consistently high level of service we receive when we go. The staff is very friendly and helpful, and the doctors are knowledgeable and thorough. In fact, from my visit there yesterday, I'd like to call out a couple of highlights...the person at the front desk (I'm afraid I didn't get her name) put in a considerable amount of effort to determine my insurance. Yet, without any sign of frustration or discouragement, she checked carrier after carrier until she found the one with which I was listed. She kept up her professionalism and courtesy, and did not make me feel bad at all that she had to do such research. Secondly, the tech/nurse who worked with me (Colleen) was awesome. She recognized me from a previous visit, and from there it was like we were old friends. All the while, of course, she maintained her professionalism, but I was 100% comfortable during all exams and tests, and felt welcome to ask lots of questions -- which Colleen answered without hesitation. All-in-all, it's been a great experience for me and my family at Eye Tech Eyes. I hope your experience will be the same.
- Apr. 02, 2024
The office is always clean, the employees are very personable. I have been going to this office for ... 20 years, I have referred quite a few people.
- Mar. 27, 2024
I’ve been here several years. I always forget to do good reviews when everything is awesome. The ... entire staff is great. They are so accommodating. There’s never a wait. I have some eye issues and I see Dr Wellman & I love him. He listens and when you have stuff going on that’s so helpful! So glad I found them!
- Mar. 27, 2024
Everyone is pleasant and professional. It's a full service eye care and they have a great selection... of glasses and lenses with any tint you want. I would recommend them to anyone.
- Mar. 26, 2024
Eye tech is the best place to go they are so caring and most up to date testing. They are amazing.
- Mar. 25, 2024
Always have good experience here everyone is so very helpful
- Mar. 12, 2024
Easy in and out. Liked and staff!
- Mar. 11, 2024
They are professional and efficient.
- Mar. 05, 2024
I’ve been going here since they opened with doctor Gary Morgan and now doctor Mark Wellman Fantas... tic services and quality equipment with awesome care and knowledge from all the staff. They provide excellent services for all your eye care needs
- Feb. 28, 2024
They are nice and professional.
- Feb. 27, 2024
Great staff. Very efficient and knowledgeable.
- Feb. 16, 2024
Thorough, professional and extremely personable.
- Feb. 16, 2024
Eye Tech Eyes is a wonderful eye care facility. I love the staff and the doctor. Always professional... and extremely polite. Would highly recommend
- Feb. 15, 2024
I have been using Eye Tech Eyes for several years and very pleased with the care and service they pr... ovide. Very friendly and professional.
- Feb. 09, 2024
Great Doctors. I do also like their technology. I am diabetic and need to pay close attention to m... y eyes. They have a opto map camera that takes pictures of the inside of the eye. Giving reference points for any sign of change. Highly recommend their services.

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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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