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Dry Eye Treatment in Camden

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 Camden EyeCare & Associates 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 Camden 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 Camden

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  • 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 - 4:30 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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Patient Reviews
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- Mar. 04, 2024
Great staff and customer service...
- Mar. 01, 2024
Great Experience! I was hesitant to go back after a prior not so great experience but I was pleasant... ly surprised with how well I was treated. The lady Denise that did all the pre-screening was very polite and made me feel as comfortable as possible and Dr Patterson did an excellent job with my exams and explaining cost. Then my final stop was to the sweet ladies that helped me pick out the perfect frames. All around great experience.
- Feb. 19, 2024
The best staff and doctors great service
- Feb. 17, 2024
It was a wonderful experience. Dr. Patterson and her staff gave us the best patient care. Very welco... ming and thorough. I highly recommend them!
- Dec. 30, 2023
Dr. Melanie Patterson and the staff were professional, helpful and friendly.
- Dec. 11, 2023
Dr Harrison and the entire staff was fantastic... They really try and make you feel at home
- Dec. 01, 2023
Excellent staff, always helpful. They go out of their way to take care of you!
- Nov. 05, 2023
Staff is always nice and helpful.
- Oct. 25, 2023
I've been going to this office for years! My whole family loves the Dr and outstanding staff. Very w... elcoming atmosphere. They have a great selection of glasses to choose from. They are kind and very pacient. A+ from me!
- Oct. 24, 2023
Professional and friendly.
- Sep. 24, 2023
All was great to me thank you
- Sep. 16, 2023
Great
- Sep. 15, 2023
Staff is friendly. Dr. Melanie Patterson was thorough in her care and left no stone unturned.
- Sep. 08, 2023
Extremely happy with every thing.
- Aug. 28, 2023
The stuff and Doctor was above and beyond and helped me out when I got something in behind my eye. T... hank you very much
- Aug. 24, 2023
The staff were friendly and helpful. Dr Emma Scott was friendly, knowledgeable, thorough and when sh... e saw an issue she wasn't sure of, she referred me to an ophthalmologist and Dr Scott was right! I can't thank her enough, and I will definitely continue using this office and Dr!
- Jul. 18, 2023
Always excellent service from friendly and caring staff. Definitely a great business.
- Jul. 05, 2023
Just all around great ppl. Got me n out n 30 min
- Jun. 20, 2023
Outstanding customer service. Michelle Harrison is very thorough with her patients. Very friendly. I... got in and out quickly. I ordered my contacts for 1 year and got 10% off. Order came in two days later. I will recommend their services.
- Jun. 19, 2023
Everyone from the front desk back are so friendly and helpful! This was my first visit with Dr. Scot... t and I really do like her! She is very professional but also very personable!

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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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