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Dry Eye Treatment in Osage Beach

Offering Lasting Relief For Dry, Itchy & Gritty Eyes

(573) 693-9530

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 Eyes On Missouri - Osage Beach 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 Osage Beach 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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- Apr. 23, 2024
Excellent care and service. Thank you
- Apr. 19, 2024
This place did a fantastic job for me. I was in and out in about 30 minutes from start to finish. My... glasses were the perfect view for me and I chose a pair of glasses with rhinestones and when I picked up my glasses and walked out to my car and looked closer in the mirror, one of the stones was missing. I walked back in to let them know and they ordered me a new pair immediately but sent me on my way with the ones I bought until my new ones come in. I felt veery well cared for there and the staff is top notch!
- Mar. 23, 2024
Great service by great people in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
- Mar. 12, 2024
Always pleasant staff and always on time
- Jan. 13, 2024
Amazing Dr's and staff!
- Oct. 06, 2023
Excellent service!
- Sep. 16, 2023
Best optician in Lake of the Ozarks! Been To all the rest, now I have the best.
- Jun. 21, 2023
Great experience! Everyone is friendly and helpful! Making appointment online was easy and convenien... t.
- Jun. 19, 2023
Always great customer service, prices seem to be fair, and Dr. Haley is incredibly knowledgeable. Tw... o years ago I had to be transferred to a specialist about an eye condition. The specialist was so impressed with Dr. Haley that he insisted I didn’t need to return to him and she could monitor the condition. The Lake is fortunate to have her expertise.
- Jun. 15, 2023
Everyone that helped me was so kind and wonderful to work with. They made the whole thing easy, and ... I love the glasses I got! Definitely would recommend them. Also making the appointment was super easy, and online! Thank you to everyone at Eyes on Missouri!
- May. 23, 2023
First Dr Haley is amazing. The best eye Dr. I have ever had. She is very thorough, kind, tells you ... what's going or not going on with your eyes. Thank you for that!! When you walk in the door you are greeted with a kind welcome. Heck everyone is great at the lake. Thank you for your wonderful service. 😊
- May. 04, 2023
Loved all of the options for kids glasses. The staff was friendly and helpful and loved that I coul... d schedule an appointment online.
- Apr. 19, 2023
The best service anyone could ask for. They were very quick to get me and my husband in, dr.haley ga... ve us information on my husband eye condition and even helped with mine. Absolutely the best eye Dr, they also have a very nice variety of glasses frames. All together amazing.
- Apr. 14, 2023
I had a bad chemical get my eye and after flushing it out I wanted to have my eye checked out. I don... 't live at the lake and felt urgent care would not be set up to check my eye. Eyes on Missouri was close so I did a walk in, explained my concerns to the receptionist, she was great and worked me into the schedule.. Dr Haley did a thorough exam and checked my eye. She was great and put my worries to rest. Thank you EOM
- Mar. 24, 2023
Great Doctor (Baley), great staff and great selection of frames and glasses. Very happy with my expe... rience.
- Feb. 24, 2023
Dr Haley is amazing and so is all the staff there! Brought my daughter in for the first time after h... er glasses broke and they were so helpful.
- Feb. 09, 2023
Always have a good experience!
- Feb. 01, 2023
Very friendly!
- Jan. 30, 2023
Great place and friendly staff.
- Jan. 29, 2023
Easy Peasy!! 😛 In and Out!! 😎🤗

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Dry Eyes Treatment in Osage Beach

Our optometry practice in Osage Beach

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Hours
  • Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday By Appointment Only
  • Sunday Closed
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