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Dry Eye Treatment in Crystal Lake

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 Primary EyeCare Centers - Crystal Lake 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 Crystal Lake 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 Crystal Lake

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Hours
  • Monday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • Spectera
  • Medicaid
  • EyeMed
Patient Reviews
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- Feb. 23, 2024
Great service, clean, professional, reliable
- Feb. 01, 2024
Been going here for over 10+ years. Very happy patient. Would highly recommend
- Jan. 26, 2024
My wife and I had our eyes checked yesterday for the first time in 5 years. The exam was the most th... orough I have ever had. From the pre-exam all the way to getting glasses was a great experience. The people here are excellent here! We could not have been happier!
- Jan. 13, 2024
Love SEEING 😉 Dr. Cleland and the wonderful staff! They’re efficient, thorough, and friendly. I a... lso appreciate their price options for any budget.
- Jan. 01, 2024
I love this place. They treat you like family and the staff is always friendly and helpful. The staf... f is willing to help each other and you can tell they love their job which speaks volumes about the office. I never feel rushed when I am there. Dr Erica makes sure I have all my questions answered and is such a caring person. I wish I could give them more than 5 stars. It is rare to find anywhere these days that have a caring compassionate and professional staff.
- Dec. 15, 2023
I didn’t go blind so I appreciate you all service whole staff thank you
- Aug. 26, 2023
Everyone working there are very nice and professional.Keep up the Amazing work you all do!!!! I woul... d Recommend this eye care to Anyone out there!!! A 5 Star rating!!!!
- Aug. 19, 2023
Loving caring and best care for your eyes. Eye love them.
- Jun. 28, 2023
The people there are great! They take care of the entire family's needs from the more aged generatio... n to the young kids! We have all sorts of eye conditions to manage, and they do a fantastic job at catching things early, and managing our needs. I just like their old lab better than the new one.
- Jun. 17, 2023
Professionalism at the highest level! Staff very friendly and knowledgeable.
- May. 22, 2023
They are professional, thorough, fast and reasonably priced.
- May. 15, 2023
Awsome Eye Drs and staff
- May. 05, 2023
Took my daughter for an eye exam yesterday. She is just 6 years old . The experience was Amazing Cle... an Office , Very Organized Staff Nice Selection of Glasses in Stock as well. The Assistant is Amazing I didn’t get her name but she was wonderful with my little girl, followed up by the Provider Amazing , I definitely will recommend! 😊
- Mar. 06, 2023
Great experience so far.
- Feb. 27, 2023
Happy with my entire experience at Primary EyeCare from check in to check out. Timely, clean, profes... sional, I couldn't ask for more.
- Feb. 21, 2023
Great experience!!
- Jan. 20, 2023
Friendly staff and doctors, the office runs punctually, and online booking makes scheduling easy. I... 've been going to Primary EyeCare for a long time and have always had positive experiences.
- Jan. 18, 2023
Professional team dedicated to eye care.
- Jan. 12, 2023
Primary has the best of staff and eye care professionals. I was treated like a king from the moment ... I walked in to the the time I left. They didn't wait to see what kind of money or insurance I had before they got to me. They were high class all the way. And now I can see with perfection, thank you everyone at Primary Eye Care in crystal lake, Illinois.
- Jan. 04, 2023
Very knowledgeable staff. Great selection of frames. Nice office environment. And I love Dr. Clel... and!

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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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