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Dry Eye Treatment in Winterset

Offering Lasting Relief For Dry, Itchy & Gritty Eyes

(515) 462-1254

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 - Winterset for effective and lasting dry eye relief.

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Give Your Eyes the Care They Deserve

(515) 462-1254


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 Winterset 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 Winterset

Our optometry practice in Winterset

Hours
  • Monday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
  • May. 27 Closed
Insurance Plans
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Spectera
  • Medicaid
  • MetLife
Patient Reviews
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- Mar. 02, 2024
Great place to get your eyes checked and to get glasses. They have a good stock of glasses to pick f... rom..
- Feb. 14, 2024
Friendly, compassionate staff
- Jan. 19, 2024
Great staff, never any issues. I look forward to my appointments and know that I'll be well taken c... are of. Everyone is knowledgeable and friendly. Great experiences every time. Thanks guys!
- Dec. 08, 2023
Very thorough exam. The person who helped me pick out my new frames was great and helped me find a ... pair I love
- Nov. 20, 2023
The best team ever. Very friendly understanding and helpful. Got my 8 year old in quickly and made ... an emergency appointment with the specialist for us.
- Nov. 04, 2023
Competent doctor and staff. Great customer service!
- Oct. 09, 2023
Get service. We had 2 slots 9am and 10am. We also had a 1030 appointment somewhere else that I had t... o get my husband too, they were able to squeeze us both into the same appointment slot. They did a great job on our exams, Quick, straight forward questions and polite as well. Got our glasses back within a week.
- Oct. 06, 2023
Awesome staff an exceptional optometrist
- Sep. 04, 2023
A great place to get glasses!
- Jun. 04, 2023
IMPRESSED. Great experience! Super helpful!
- Apr. 15, 2023
The staff is so nice and helpful.
- Apr. 11, 2023
I would definitely recommend this eyecare Center. I'm facing eyesight issues that are very scarey to... me and the Dr. and others who worked with me were genuinely kind and understanding. I left feeling hopeful and not so scared.
- Feb. 07, 2023
I love IEC! They take good care of myself and my son, I'm thankful to have them close to home - so c... onvenient.
- Feb. 05, 2023
Excellent eye care and Great service!!
- Feb. 04, 2023
Dr. A. Thomas is very knowledgable and professional. I appreiate having her in our small community.... She is omfortable working with Wolfe Eye Clinic in caring for my multiple vision issues.
- Dec. 22, 2022
Dr. Abby is the best! Trust her totally with my bad eyesight! She and her staff are very friendly an... d kind!
- Dec. 02, 2022
Doctor Abby is magnificent, she genuinely cares and conversates with you. The staff is so nice and w... elcoming and will totally hype you up while modeling glasses 🤓 love those ladies!
- Sep. 20, 2022
Friendly staff, very knowledgeable. Ensures you are satisfied 100 percent! Fast service too! I would... definitely recommend IEC!
- Dec. 17, 2021
Everyone in the clinic is very professional and personable.
- Dec. 08, 2021
Love Dr Abby and the staff! Knowledgeable and friendly. Great frame selection

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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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Don't suffer in silence

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(515) 462-1254