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Dry Eye Treatment in Gunnison

Offering Lasting Relief For Dry, Itchy & Gritty Eyes

(970) 641-2020

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 ABBA Eye Care - Gunnison 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 Gunnison 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 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

Patient Reviews
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- Jul. 18, 2024
Best place for eyewear !! Love these people !
- Jul. 03, 2024
Friendly, professional service - The optometrist took all the time needed to gather the most accurat... e info, didn't do unnecessary tests, and explained the significance of his findings. The staff clearly walked me through all the options for glasses without any pressure. We are lucky to have them in this town.
- Jun. 27, 2024
The staff and Dr. Robbins are exceptional to work with. They are very friendly and take the time to... explain everything really well. They were very helpful in choosing the right glasses, too. I had basically no wait time.
- Jun. 12, 2024
The ABBA in Gunnison is excellent. Dr. Robbins is very good at his work and the team is very servic... e oriented.
- Jun. 04, 2024
Would highly recommend! Dr Dave was great and the office staff was so awesome.
- May. 28, 2024
Wonderful staff! I’m not a patient here since I travel full time in my rv. I accidentally lost my ... last monthly contact lens down the sink and they were able to help get me a new lens to get me by until my next online order comes in. So grateful to these lovely people!
- May. 22, 2024
Great doc. Great staff. Comforting care.
- May. 09, 2024
ABBA eyecare and all who are there to assist the customer is the best. They are so friendly and acco... mmodating!
- Apr. 30, 2024
Professional and comfortable. Helpful and knowledgeable.
- Apr. 22, 2024
Wonderful staff - the ladies worked to get me in quickly, and Dr. Robbins is very knowledgeable with... my eye condition! I'm so glad I found them!
- Mar. 12, 2024
ABBA Eyecare is the best!
- Mar. 02, 2024
Dr. Robbins made time for me when I had metal in my eye from my welding work. He got the metal out,... and cleaned out the rust like a pro. Can’t thank him and his wonderful staff enough
- Feb. 12, 2024
Friendly environment, 100% professional staff, excellent selection of eye ware
- Feb. 09, 2024
Great service and great Prices! Awesome experience once again!!
- Jan. 30, 2024
Professional workplace. A very well run practice!
- Jan. 07, 2024
Wonderful people and great new glasses! Lots to choose from!
- Nov. 28, 2023
Dr. Robbins and the entire staff are extremely kind, helpful and thorough. I have had a great experi... ence each time, from regular eye exams to purchasing eye glasses.
- Sep. 15, 2023
Great doctor & staff!
- Sep. 07, 2023
They took the time to discuss the condition of my eyes, as well as taking the time to check in with ... me as a person. Good luck finding that at a Lens Crafters or larger national outfit! Couldn’t recommend them enough.
- Jul. 26, 2023
Staff were very friendly, and did a great job of explaining the procedures and results in a way that... was easy to understand.

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Dry Eyes Treatment in Gunnison

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