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Dry Eye Treatment in Bessemer

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 ABBA Eye Care - Pueblo Northern Ave 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 Bessemer 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 Bessemer

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Hours
  • Monday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Anthem BCBS Medicaid
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • EyeMed
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Spectera
  • United Healthcare
  • VSP
Patient Reviews
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- Feb. 10, 2024
My Dad has dementia and the staff were very patient and companionate.
- Jan. 31, 2024
It's a good place the people here are nice and know what they are doing thank you Abba for the help ... with my left eye.
- Dec. 03, 2023
The appointment was quick. Everyone was kind, professional and efficient. The tech was very knowledg... eable. I love my new glasses.
- Nov. 16, 2023
Staff is friendly and knowledgeable, doctors are skilled at seeing to patient comfort, and there is ... no pressure to buy anything at the time of your appointment. All staff and electronic correspondence uses preferred name, and the locations are visually warm and inviting inside. Thanks for all you do!
- Aug. 30, 2023
Great quality, really nice people and caring honesty, even if not the answer you want, but the treat... ment you need. They work with insurance company and help with Care Credit if you need a payment option.
- Jul. 07, 2023
Very well trained employees. I got all the answers and help I needed.
- May. 25, 2023
Friendly place.
- May. 14, 2023
Fast & Efficient! Right on schedule! Good selection of frames to choose from.
- May. 13, 2023
I was given the upmost care and service.
- Apr. 23, 2023
Took care of my vision needs in a very timely and professional manner.
- Mar. 29, 2023
Great Doctor and great staff
- Jan. 24, 2023
Great service, and staff and Doctor
- Dec. 18, 2022
I was seen quickly. The Dr and staff were friendly and informative. They had a great selection of ... affordable eyeglasses. I received a text message when my glasses were ready in just one week.
- Sep. 07, 2022
Awesome
- Aug. 22, 2022
Very helpful and timely with getting my glasses to me.
- Feb. 27, 2022
I have always had a positive experience here. The staff and Doctors are so caring. Never change how ... you are!
- Dec. 22, 2021
These folks are genuinely kind and friendly. They were sweet as could be helping me pick out new gla... sses when I can’t see but a couple inches. Had a nice chat with each person that I worked with. Everyone seems very competent in their jobs of course too. They didn’t make me feel awkward about not wanting to spend much either. We will definitely keep using them!
- Dec. 14, 2021
I was having a horrible day broke the string on my glasses and came in around 530 (closes @6) they w... ere extremely busy and a woman named Samantha went out of her way to do the simple repair on my glasses. She was the most amazing person I've ever spoken too. Ty
- Nov. 27, 2021
Yvonne eyecare specialist was extremely helpful and professional. All staff A 1
- Oct. 27, 2021
Came here through the VA. Kind staff and excellent designer glasses selection. I was able to be seen... an hour early as well. I wish I got my glasses here instead of Costco.

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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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