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Dry Eye Treatment in Cincinnati

Offering Lasting Relief For Dry, Itchy & Gritty Eyes

(513) 530-0440

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 Harper's Point Eye Associates - Montgomery 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 Cincinnati 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
had a great experience with doctor ziegler and her intern (didn’t catch her name) but definitely a... mazing people. you can tell they really care about the patients and were extremely knowledgeable. also, time effective! impressed and will be back annually 😊 thank you!
- Jul. 01, 2024
Staff serve with smiling faces and good vibes.
- Jun. 30, 2024
Friendly, competent, and efficient experience.
- Jun. 24, 2024
The Staff at Harpers Point Eye Associates are top notch. They are very helpful, knowledgeable and k... ind. My rating of Dr. Zelczek is excellent because he is very knowledgeable and very patient oriented. He explains your eye health and answers all questions that I had. I felt my care was exceptional.
- Jun. 18, 2024
All associates are nice and helpful.
- Jun. 13, 2024
Extremely competent professional and friendly staff. I see Dr Kirstein and he’s amazing! Will ne... ver go to anyone else as long as he’s in practice. They also have a large wonderful display of frames to choose from.
- Jun. 11, 2024
I would like to say this was the first time that I had an eye exam at Harpers point eye associates a... nd I have to say that the front desk was excellent Ruth and the young lady Tessa who did my eye exam was wonderful. Tessa and Tiffany helped me pick out a wonderful pair of glasses that I love. Dr zelchak was wonderful did a thorough exam. All of the personnel people that I met was great. I would highly recommend.
- Jun. 10, 2024
Front desk ladies are the sweetest ! The doctors and other staff were absolutely amazing with my 5 y... ear old son . Would definitely recommend coming here !
- Jun. 06, 2024
Super nice staff . Quick and fast . Brought my 5 year old son here and they were amazing with him! N... ice and clean facility. Very spacious
- Jun. 01, 2024
The doctors are thorough and efficient. I have received excellent and comprehensive care from them. ... I highly recommend them.
- May. 01, 2024
I had a great experience here. Dr. Ziegler referred me to this location as a follow up from another... location due to having specialized equipment. She met me here, did her boss thing, and I'm good to go. She also helped me upgrade my new glasses so they work better for my lifestyle. I told her I had some problems and all of them been resolved. She is highly competent and she cares about a lasting, positive outcome.
- Apr. 10, 2024
Very Pleasant staff and surroundings! They seem like they really care about you and your well being... , especially Dr. Zelchek
- Apr. 03, 2024
Dr. Kirsten and Staff are very Welcoming and attentive! My Family and I truly appreciate you all!
- Mar. 23, 2024
Super friendly environment,experienced technicians, every one seems to be well versed of their jobs.... I would be amiss not to mention the Awesome chief! Thank you all.😊
- Feb. 23, 2024
Dr Zelchak and his team take the time to answer every question and in terse I can understand. Highly... recommend!!
- Feb. 14, 2024
I've been a patient of Dr Kirstein for 35+ years. He is kind, easy to talk to & is a caring, intere... sted doctor.
- Feb. 07, 2024
I will go nowhere else to have my eyes examined except for Harper's Point Eye Associates. They have ... a variety of fashionable frames to choose from and the staff is friendly and helpful!
- Jan. 30, 2024
Great place they take medicaid. They were patient caring and took the time to do proper patient care...
- Jan. 27, 2024
Good location, good selection, good service.
- Jan. 20, 2024
I have been coming here for over 30 years. Have always had positive experiences.

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