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Dry Eye

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Dry eye is a very common condition that affects millions of Americans. Symptoms can be extremely frustrating, and often prevent individuals from enjoying daily activities. Living at high altitudes with low humidity (such as the Rocky Mountains), can actually increase an individual’s chance of experiencing dry eye symptoms.

At Eye Center of the Rockies, we have long-lasting eye drops that you can’t get over the counter; plus, procedures that may help treat underlying dry eye issues.

Don’t wait to get started! We have two convenient locations in Eagle (970-930-8839) and Glenwood Springs (970-930-8638). Call or connect with us online to schedule an appointment today!

What Causes Dry Eye?

The tear film covering the eye is critical to eye health. The film protects the eye from harm while exposed to air.

However, several factors can spur dry eye symptoms, which may cause discomfort:

  • Decreased tear production; often caused by
    • Aging
    • Medical conditions including diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and thyroid disorders
    • Medications such as antihistamines, decongestants, hormone replacement therapy, antidepressants, and drugs for high blood pressure
  • Increased tear evaporation; often caused by
    • Windy, smoky, or dry environmental conditions
    • Eyelid problems, such as out-turning of the lids (ectropion) and in-turning of the lids (entropion)
    • Chronic blockage of the eyelid oil or “meibomian” glands preventing release of lubricating oil
  • Imbalance in tear composition
    • Tears are mixed layers of water, mucus, and fatty oils. Problems with any of these layers can cause dry eye.

In addition to discomfort, dry eye can also disrupt a person’s vision making it difficult to see and perform normal activities.

Don’t let dry eye symptoms keep you from doing the things you love.

Call our Glenwood Springs or Eagle office to make an appointment, or contact us online to get started now.

Do You Have Dry Eye?

There are many symptoms of dry eye; however, tearing is the most common, which is confusing to most patients. How can watery eyes be a symptom of dry eye?

Watery eyes are often caused by unhealthy tear film; subsequent irritation stimulates the brain, which produces more tears to help neutralize the irritation.

Unfortunately, this reflex tearing is not sufficient to correct the underlying problem.

Other dry eye symptoms include (but are not limited to):

  • Stinging
  • Redness
  • Burning
  • A gritty feeling
  • Discharge
  • Frequent blinking
  • Blurry vision
  • Light-sensitivity
  • Eye fatigue

If you suffer from any of these symptoms, talk to your ophthalmologist to discuss dry eye treatments and procedures.

Over-the-counter drops can be used for temporary relief of symptoms, but they don’t work to identify or correct underlying issues.

Treatments and Procedures

Eye Center of the Rockies provides general ophthalmology services as well as surgical procedures that may help to mitigate underlying issues of dry eye.

We’re the only provider in the mountain region surrounding the Vail Valley and Roaring Fork Valley to offer Lipiflow® by Johnson & Johnson.

Click here to learn more about Lipiflow®.

To see if you’re a good candidate for this simple 12-minute procedure, we begin by taking a special photograph of your meibomian glands. Specifically, Lipiflow® can help open blocked glands or mitigate the condition from progressing to a more severe stage.

Eye drops may provide temporary relief of symptoms, but Lipiflow® is designed to treat the underlying disease. Lipiflow® is the only FDA-approved procedure to effectively treat dry eye.

Punctal plugs are another treatment option. They can be placed in the tear duct to help the eye retain moisture.

Prescription medicines such as Restasis and Xiidra have also proven helpful in the management of dry eye symptoms.

In some cases, omega-3 supplements help restore tear/oil composition—omega-3 fatty acids are thought to help produce healthy tears.

Don’t wait to get started! We have two convenient locations in Eagle (970-930-8839) and Glenwood Springs (970-930-8638). Call or connect with us online to schedule an appointment today!

Schedule an Appointment Today!

Dry eye symptoms may seem like a minor inconvenience; but over time, unhealthy tear production can damage the surface of the cornea.

For more than a decade, Eye Center of the Rockies has been helping people in the Vail Valley and Roaring Fork Valley overcome dry eye and other ocular challenges.

More importantly, we understand what it’s like to live at high altitudes and what it can do to overall eye health.

If you’ve experienced the frustrating symptoms of dry eye, call our Eagle (970-930-8839) or Glenwood Springs (970-930-8638) office to schedule an appointment, or click here to get started online.

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Glenwood Springs

1607 Grand Ave. Suite 31
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601



232 Broadway St
Eagle, CO 81631


970-930-1205, 970-930-1044, 970-930-1195, 970-456-1442, 970-930-1120, 970-989-2006, 970-989-2700, 970-930-1013, 970-947-0050