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Dry Eye Treatment in Jacksonville

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 International Eyecare Center - Jacksonville 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 Jacksonville 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 Jacksonville

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Hours
  • Monday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
  • May. 27 Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • Spectera
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • MetLife
  • Medicare
  • Blue Cross
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Patient Reviews
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- May. 16, 2024
The Dr. has vast medical manner and knowledge in her field. She is very kind and listens to your con... cerns. I would highly recommend for any optometry needs.
- May. 10, 2024
Doctor was very nice, knowledgeable, and efficient. Staff went above and beyond to help us.
- May. 03, 2024
My experience at international eye Care was above and beyond expectations the staff was very friendl... y and very professional as well as the doctor I'm glad to get my glasses I can finally see well and I will recommend your services to all my friends, family and people who are in need of glasses thank you.
- Apr. 13, 2024
I will be back. This was my first virtual experience to my surprise it was a great experience. I rec... ommend Luke to help with glasses when picking because he is very professional I had others help but he is my favorite and I will ask for him again the next time. To me he seems to be the only one that has the best experience.
- Apr. 11, 2024
Dr. Yifru is a great! I felt all of my issues and concerns were addressed and she provided a treatme... nt plan and ensured a follow up to check the progress. Staff is courteous and visit was on time.
- Apr. 08, 2024
Very professional and friendly experience from receptionist to tech to Doctor and optics professiona... l!!
- Feb. 02, 2024
This location has always been helpful, the staff is friendly and I always look good in the glasses t... hey help me pick out!
- Jan. 31, 2024
Everyone was very kind, helpful, and understanding
- Nov. 28, 2023
This was the second time back this year very kind and caring and helpful .
- Aug. 10, 2023
The virtual exam was top notch. The on-site staff was great too.
- Jul. 16, 2023
Nice experience. Quick, professional and friendly service.
- Jul. 07, 2023
Great selection of frames. Very knowledgeable and professional staff to assist with fine tuning new... frames to fit comfortably.
- Jun. 30, 2023
Very professional good selection of frames
- Jun. 21, 2023
On time appointment, courteous and thorough.
- Jun. 15, 2023
Everyone was very pleasant. Office is also very nice and has a wide selection of frames.
- Jun. 02, 2023
Everyone was friendly, professional and helpful.
- May. 19, 2023
The staff is very professional and friendly.
- Mar. 21, 2023
Really Great!

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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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