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Dry Eye Treatment in Northwest El Paso

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 West Texas Optometry 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 Northwest El Paso 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 Northwest El Paso

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Hours
  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
  • May. 27 Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Spectera
  • Superior Vision
  • Davis Vision
  • EyeMed
Patient Reviews
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- Apr. 29, 2024
Great staff, service… Doctor Wong was very knowledgeable and answered all questions. I would recom... mend highly.
- Apr. 23, 2024
Best glasses ever their customer service is pretty good.
- Apr. 23, 2024
Dr. Wong has a lot of experience and is very thorough. Staff is super friendly and helpful. Love it....
- Apr. 16, 2024
Dr Wong and her staff exceeded our expectations. It is very rare to actually see a doctor in person... any longer and not receive an exam through a computer doc in the box. Office personnel were extremely professional and Dr Wong was very informative. As long as we continue to receive personal service with an in office doctor, we will continue using WTO.
- Apr. 10, 2024
Fast and friendly service
- Apr. 07, 2024
Dr. Wong and all of her staff take the time to explain everything to you, and she really seems to ca... re about her clients. Also, their selection of frames rocks, and the staff members who help with choosing and fitting glasses really know their stuff and offer excellent advice.
- Mar. 24, 2024
Dr. Wong is a great optometrist.
- Mar. 04, 2024
HAVE BEEN W DR. WONG N HER STAFF FOR THE LAST 14 YEARS, THEY R LIKE FAMILY TO ME. VERY FRIENDLY N P... ROFESSIONAL STAFF.
- Mar. 03, 2024
Dr Wong has over 30 years of experience and the staff at WTO are all super friendly and helpful. Hi... ghly recommend this place.
- Feb. 17, 2024
The entire staff was amaizing! Everyone was so helpful and very kind. So happy we found this office!...
- Feb. 16, 2024
Staff very friendly and Dr. Wong was very good with my examination.
- Jan. 15, 2024
Samples of contact lenses provided until permanent contact lenses came in. Excellent!
- Jan. 05, 2024
Dr. Wong is an amazing knowledgeable kind and caring eye doctor.
- Dec. 16, 2023
Dr. Wong is caring and meticulous. I feel like I'm in good hands. Her staff is friendly and the woma... n who sells frames knows how to help you find frames that look good on you.
- Nov. 24, 2023
I was greeted by staff immediately and with smiling faces. I was there to pick out glasses and prom... ptly assisted. I love that they clean the glasses between try in prevent pink eye and other coodies. I would definitely recommend Weat Texas Optimetry.
- Nov. 10, 2023
I am new to the area and needed a new optometrist. I had a great experience here with everyone I enc... ountered. Reception was friendly, the assistant was great, and Dr Wong herself was very kind, competent, and professional. I am so glad to have found this place!
- Nov. 05, 2023
Super service!
- Oct. 30, 2023
Always a great and professional experience
- Oct. 25, 2023
The whole stuff friendly and knowledgeable the medical assistant the conductor on my test prior to s... eeing the Dr. Was great I will definitely recommend and come back anytime any day thank you great team..!!!
- Sep. 19, 2023
Great Dr, great staff

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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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