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Dry Eye Treatment in Southeast Colorado Springs

Offering Lasting Relief For Dry, Itchy & Gritty Eyes

(719) 578-2020

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 - 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 Southeast Colorado Springs 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. 12, 2024
This was by far the best Abba Eye Care location I have been to. The customer service was great from ... the moment I walked in. The optimatrist Scott was super friendly, informative and well organized. Thank you for helping me pick out my new pair of glasses!
- Jul. 08, 2024
Dr Cloud was professional and sensitive to the fact that my eyes are starting to go through "the cha... nge". The office has the most beautiful doors that are absolute works of art and worth seeing!
- Jun. 14, 2024
Great service, no waiting, prices for veterans were more than fair!
- May. 27, 2024
Everybody was so nice to me! And they were very knowledgeable about everything and informative as we... ll
- May. 27, 2024
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- Apr. 20, 2024
Dr. Cloud was absolutely amazing. Very thorough with all her answers. Very professional. By far the ... best eye exam I've ever had.
- Apr. 11, 2024
Was very impressed with my first visit to ABBA Eye Care. I received prompt, professional and courte... ous service. I will recommend to my friends and family.
- Apr. 08, 2024
Best place to go and great customer service!
- Mar. 28, 2024
They were very friendly, efficient, helpful and thorough. I am also extremely impressed with how qui... ckly the turnaround was to receive my glasses! I had my appointment on a Tuesday and was told that it would take about 2 weeks to receive both my glasses and sunglasses and maybe the same timeframe for my glasses that they had to turn over to the VA. By that Saturday, I had a tracking number (USPS informed delivery, I get emailed daily) saying that my pair from the VA will be delivered Monday AND that Monday morning I got a call from ABBA saying that my glasses were ready. By the time I went to pick them up that afternoon, my sunglasses had also been there ready for me to pickup! Everything just went so smoothly and I have zero complaints.
- Mar. 24, 2024
I had a very positive experience, largely due to the exceptional service provided by the staff. They... were notably attentive and courteous, demonstrating a genuine concern for my needs and inquiries. Their patience was evident throughout my interaction with them, ensuring that I felt comfortable and unhurried in expressing any questions or concerns I had. Furthermore, the staff's knowledge was impressive. They were well-prepared to address my queries, offering detailed and understandable explanations. This not only instilled confidence in the services offered but also contributed to a more enriching experience. Overall, the entire experience was pleasant, marked by a welcoming and supportive atmosphere. The staff’s professionalism and the quality of service significantly enhanced my satisfaction. I look forward to future interactions and would highly recommend their services to others based on my experience.
- Mar. 18, 2024
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- Mar. 16, 2024
Dr. Cloud (and Scott) understood exactly what was required to correct my vision!
- Mar. 06, 2024
Friendly staff and easy to schedule
- Mar. 03, 2024
I just turned 62 & this was my first eye exam. The entire experience was pleasant. My glasses arrive... d in one week (quicker than expected).
- Feb. 27, 2024
Love Dr Cloud and Kori the guy who helped us pick out our glasses thank you
- Feb. 24, 2024
Excellent care and service
- Feb. 01, 2024
The doctor and staff was very accommodating, helpful and extremely nice. I want to thank you all kin... dly
- Dec. 28, 2023
Friendly staff and very helpful.
- Nov. 23, 2023
Great experience and large selection of glasses
- Nov. 08, 2023
They have a good selection of glasses, and the staff is professional and super helpful!

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Dry Eyes Treatment in Southeast Colorado Springs

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