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Dry Eye Treatment in Waite Park

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 Insight EyeCare - Waite Park 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 Waite Park 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.


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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

Patient Reviews
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- Jun. 10, 2024
Very friendly from reception to the time spent with Dr Bennett Nelson. Very quick service and also ... with my contact order.
- Jun. 01, 2024
Professional, comprehensive, patient oriented! Awesome!
- Apr. 13, 2024
Great experience
- Jan. 06, 2024
Simply the best!
- Dec. 25, 2023
Great service - excellent attention to detail.
- Dec. 09, 2023
The staff and the doctor were friendly and professional. They did a great job.
- Nov. 10, 2023
great Dr and great knowledgeable tech which explained what does what. Good experience. I give you bo... th 4 stars or 10 if there were 10 to pick so you only get 5.
- Nov. 09, 2023
Had an eye problem crop up, decided I needed it looked at and was able to get an appt for the next d... ay. Staff was friendly and accommodating. Doctor was able to diagnose my problem and prescribed what was needed for treatment. Also was impressed when the doctor called me on her day off to see how I was doing.
- Oct. 18, 2023
Always so kind and responsive.
- Sep. 01, 2023
Love this place! I've had terrible experiences at other place but here everyone was friendly and und... erstanding. they really care about you and your needs along with getting you the right glasses/contacts that you need.
- Aug. 07, 2023
1 of the best eye clinics in area,super helpful,very professional and always a great experience keep... up the great work, 4-5 stars!!!!
- Jul. 23, 2023
Very professional and helpful staff.
- Jun. 27, 2023
My experience with the staff is always very pleasant. Great group of people working there. Always ... helpful and friendly.
- May. 18, 2023
Kind and courteous staff and thorough exams.
- May. 11, 2023
This was my first introduction to Dr. Anna Malkowski which was terrific. Never felt more comfortable... and informed in reference to my testing , results and recommendations for continued eye health. Thank you, Chaz Demm
- Mar. 13, 2023
I highly recommend Dr. Parity and technician Tom! My experience has always been great and I never fe... el rushed. They have worked so hard to find the right contacts that work for me. This is a great office!
- Mar. 09, 2023
Always an excellent experience in eye care. I’ve been with this eye care group for years— each p... rofessional is highly skilled and a great listener of my concerns.
- Feb. 02, 2023
I do not usually leave reviews but the people I mention here deserve recognition. My profession & b... usiness is as a Long Haul Truck Driver & my eye sight is extremely important. The Insight staff I came in contact with were all very friendly, knowledgeable, & helpful. When I arrived I was greeted with a smile & professionalism by Pam. She was extremely helpful with the check in process & making sure I knew what my insurance coverage took care of. She then got me set up with Mark, the eye technician. Mark was extremely helpful, he explained each procedure & helped me understand them. He also helped me by explaining what procedures would be not only helpful with my eye exam that day but also which ones would be good for future appointments as a reference to the direction of my eye health. Dr. Paradis is 100% fantastic, he was straight up with me & did not sugarcoat things. I personally think all doctors should be this way. When doing the part of the exam, lens flips as I call it, where they are asking which is clearer he did not rush me & didn't make me feel like it was a problem to let me see them again before deciding. He did not act like a salesman when it came to his recommendations for glasses, he put it out there straight forward. Then Sarah helped me with choosing glasses & what type of lenses to get, she actually listened when I explained what I do for a living. She was very knowledgeable which was a huge relief for me. She brought me what she thought would suit me & indulged my needing to try a few that did not suit my face at all. She then explained the difference in the lenses & what they would do for my eye sight. She did not rush me in making my decision. When I asked both Sarah & Pam their opinions on if the frames looked good on me or not, I very much appreciated their honesty. I would like to thank all of them for making my appointment at Insight Eye Care a delightful experience.
- Jan. 31, 2023
Dr. Paradis has been great helping with diagnosis and solutions
- Jan. 29, 2023
Great . Fast . Friendly

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Dry Eyes Treatment in Waite Park

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  • Saturday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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