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Dry Eye Treatment in Fountain Hills

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 20/20 Image Eye Center - Fountain Hills 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 Fountain Hills 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 Fountain Hills

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Hours
  • Monday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
  • Dec. 25 Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Spectera
  • Anthem
  • EyeMed
  • Blue Cross
Patient Reviews
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- Dec. 07, 2023
Excellent service and thorough exam.
- Nov. 28, 2023
Nice and Friendly... service above average!
- Nov. 15, 2023
Brian Lisi, Licensed Dispensing Optician, is excellent at his craft!! His skill at adjusting glasses... is truly incredible. Brian is very kind and professional. He's a real asset! I give Brian 20 stars at 20/20.👍🏼
- Nov. 06, 2023
Thank you 20/20. In town and fast.
- Nov. 02, 2023
very helpful and friendly
- Oct. 16, 2023
Excellent! We are very fortunate to have them right here in Fountain Hills. My family and I would ... not go anywhere else!
- Oct. 14, 2023
Brian at Fountain Hills is awesome!
- Sep. 28, 2023
Great experience all around.
- Sep. 21, 2023
Great experience!
- Sep. 01, 2023
Tara is the best! Very helpful. Love my new glasses
- Aug. 04, 2023
The staff at the Fountain Hills location are wonderful!! Anna went above and beyond to help me with ... an issue with previous clinic in Scottsdale. The doctor was very thorough and friendly as well. I would definitely recommend this location for your eye care needs.
- Jul. 23, 2023
Great Dr. Great support staff. Highly recommend.
- Jul. 22, 2023
Dr. Peterson and Tara were so kind and attentive. Really a great place and a even nicer staff.
- Jul. 08, 2023
Top-notch service from Dr. Peterson and the staff.
- Jun. 08, 2023
Staff was very kind and helpful. Helped me feel welcomed and answered all my questions
- Jun. 01, 2023
They went above and beyond to order toric contact lenses to fit my needs. Great staff very caring!
- May. 07, 2023
My previous attempt to have my vision corrected at another company was unsuccessful. However my expe... rience with Dr. Peterson and the staff at 20/20 Image Eye Center was completely different. Both the doctor's assistant and Dr. Peterson listened to my specific vision issues and needs and the doctor knew immediately what he thought the best solution would be. He was correct and I am very grateful that I'm no longer struggling with poor vision. I'm very happy with the service and will definitely recommend this company to friends and family.
- Apr. 20, 2023
Great experience and customer service.
- Apr. 17, 2023
The staff is very friendly and helpful. Really feels like they care about each customer individually...
- Apr. 03, 2023
Visiting from Canada and was so happy to find 20/20 Image Eye Center in Fountain Hills. The staff is... knowledgeable, kind and very quick. I would absolutely recommend them for anyone visiting and in need of eye care while here or anyone the lives here.

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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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