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Dry Eye Treatment in St. Louis

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 Crown Vision Center - St. Ann 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 St. Louis 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 St. Louis

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Hours
  • Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Spectera
  • Medicaid
  • Anthem
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
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Patient Reviews
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- Feb. 19, 2024
I didn’t think they were very good at all until I experienced them. I always thought the other com... pany was more professional, but I was fooled Crown Vision is a very good company to visit. They are very thorough and they know what they’re doing. I would recommend them to anybody
- Feb. 12, 2024
It was so quick and easy. The whole staffs great.
- Dec. 08, 2023
Crown Vision is the place to be! The staff is always friendly and professional!
- Nov. 27, 2023
Cindy Scott was very informative and her customer service skills are impressive.
- Oct. 19, 2023
Love it
- Oct. 17, 2023
Ryanne was great helped me with my broken glasses and got me set up with a eye exam. Thank you very ... nice and polite staff. Answering all my questions.
- Oct. 16, 2023
The service was great!!
- Sep. 24, 2023
Totally satisfied with their professional service and they went above and beyond to help me.👍
- Sep. 09, 2023
Every single thing they do there is 100 percent right so I recommend them to keep it up
- Jul. 07, 2023
Very fast & thorough process. My kid was able to get the glasses she needed quickly & at an affordab... le price.
- Jun. 23, 2023
I love the St. Ann location. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful..I love Cindy !! I will co... ntinue to go there.
- Feb. 16, 2023
They were good
- Feb. 02, 2023
Love the place. Staff is friendly and the service is fast.
- Jan. 21, 2023
My experience with Crown Vision Center was excellent. When walking thru the front door until leaving... everything was personal and I was very satisfied with my eye wear.
- Dec. 19, 2022
This is a great place to get glasses. They have a big selection of stylish glasses and sunglasses. T... he staff is knowledgeable and very friendly. They go out of their way to help you. Would recommend!
- Oct. 18, 2022
It was a great experience
- Oct. 08, 2022
I walked in needing an appointment and got right in. I was in an out and my glasses came with in a ... week will definitely recommend. The service was kind and will definitely be coming here for now on.
- Oct. 02, 2022
The staff is always so professional and goes above and beyond.
- Sep. 26, 2022
Super friendly and helpful staff and I saw by Dr. Mark and he was great! Really appreciate the great... value they bring to the community and for keeping me with clear vision
- May. 17, 2022
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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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