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Dry Eye Treatment in Falmouth

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 Cape Cod Vision 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 Falmouth 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 Falmouth

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Hours
  • Monday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • Blue Cross
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
  • Mass General Brigham Health Plan
  • Mass Health
  • Medicaid
  • Cigna
  • Eye Med
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Patient Reviews
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- Apr. 18, 2024
I can’t say enough about this office. From the minute you walk in . Everyone in this office is ama... zing. Of course Dr. Child is the best. Can’t say enough about this office. 5 star for sure.
- Apr. 16, 2024
Always great to deal with super professional people.
- Apr. 05, 2024
A quick an easy exam with the very professional staff at Cape Cod Vision.
- Feb. 20, 2024
Always a great experience! I've been seeing Dr. Childs since I was 12 years old. I wouldn't go to an... yone else.
- Feb. 07, 2024
Very friendly office & helpful to my needs. Dr Child deals with my vision problems the best and I ha... ve been coming to him for years.
- Jan. 25, 2024
Dr Child’s is awesome! Listens to my concerns anytime I have an issue, he has a plan.. our family ... has been going to him for several years.. the entire office is always welcoming and very helpful!
- Jan. 16, 2024
Outstanding, Superb, Fantastic....there are not enough adjectives to describe the great friendly and... very professional service that we always receive there. They are more thorough than my regular ophthalmologist and detect the same conditions...and then some! Both my wife and I heartily recommend Cape Cod Vision!!
- Jan. 04, 2024
Been going here for about 20 years. Always a very good and professional experience. Dr. and Staff ... are excellent. Highly recommend.
- Dec. 05, 2023
Very professional staff, friendly and knowledgeable. But the price of the glasses is a bit high over... all a good experience.
- Nov. 21, 2023
Extremely professional from the minute you walk through the door.
- Aug. 30, 2023
Everything great as usual. Highly recommend
- Aug. 25, 2023
Experienced, friendly, and knowledgeable staff.
- Aug. 10, 2023
Dr. Child and his staff are wonderful! I highly recommend them.
- Jul. 14, 2023
Great people, professional, friendly service!
- May. 31, 2023
I Have been going to Cape Cod Vision Associates for a few years now. Have had nothing but quality ca... re . Atmosphere has been pleasant as well as the staff. Dr Child is the best. Edna Davis
- May. 25, 2023
Great attention to detail. Super staff. They take the time to do it right.
- May. 16, 2023
Great office team, great tech and a great doctor. I highly recommend Cape Cod Vision!
- Apr. 11, 2023
I wouldn't be driving from Brewster to Falmouth if it wasn't worth it!!
- Mar. 30, 2023
This was my first visit to look into soft contact lens suitability. I left very impressed with their... operation. Their staff are courteous and efficient. Dr. Child was excellent in terms of his analysis, professional advice, and pleasant demeanor.
- Mar. 10, 2023
I Love Cape Cod Vision Associates, They're Vision is Awesome!!!

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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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