Vision Therapy in Falmouth

Spotting the Signs of Dry Eye

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Understanding the Symptoms

Dry eye is a common condition that affects millions of people worldwide, and its symptoms can vary in severity. It's crucial to recognize the signs of dry eye early to seek appropriate treatment and improve your eye health and comfort.

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Common Symptoms to Look Out For

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Experiencing dry eye symptoms can greatly affect your daily life and overall health. These symptoms can disrupt your work, hobbies, and even your ability to carry out everyday tasks comfortably.

The constant discomfort and distraction caused by these symptoms can lower your productivity and overall quality of life. 

Here are common signs that may indicate dry eye syndrome:

  • Dryness:
    A persistent sensation of dryness, grittiness, or eye irritation.
  • Itching:
    Frequent itching or a burning sensation in and around the eyes.
  • Redness:
    Bloodshot or red eyes, often accompanied by discomfort.·
  • Excessive Tearing:
    Paradoxically, your eyes may produce more tears as a response to dryness, leading to watery eyes.
  • Blurry Vision:
    Vision may become temporarily blurred, particularly when reading or using digital screens.
  • Light Sensitivity:
    Increased sensitivity to light, known as photophobia.
  • Foreign Body Sensation:
    Feeling as though something is in your eye.
  • Eye Fatigue:
    Increased eye fatigue, especially during prolonged periods of reading, screen time, or other visually demanding tasks.

Ignoring dry eye symptoms can lead to worsening discomfort and potential complications. Chronic dry eye can damage the eye's surface and increase the risk of eye infections, scarring, and vision loss. Seeking professional guidance if you're experiencing any of these symptoms is crucial.


Dry Eye Diagnosis and Expert Care

When you choose Cape Cod Vision Associates for your dry eye care, you benefit from our expertise in comprehensive diagnosis. We understand that your unique health history and lifestyle can affect your dry eye differently, which is why we practice personalized care tailored to you. Our approach includes:

  • In-Depth Eye Exams

    During a comprehensive eye exam, we evaluate your eyelids, eye surface, and your complete health history and lifestyle to identify potential underlying causes of dry eyes.

  • Tear Assessment

    We conduct a detailed assessment of your tears, measuring their volume and quality. This assessment helps us identify any deficiencies in tear quantity or quality, crucial factors in dry eye diagnosis.

  • Tear Breakup Time

    Using advanced techniques like tear breakup time measurement, we identify specific areas of your eyes where tears may evaporate more rapidly. This information aids in tailoring your treatment plan.

  • Specialized Dry Eye Test: Schirmer Test

    This test involves placing blotting test paper strips on the lower eyelids to measure tear production over a specific time. It helps determine the volume of tears your eyes produce.


Dry Eyes in Falmouth

Our optometry practice 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. 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.
- Apr. 03, 2024
Always a great visit; a welcoming atmosphere and top-drawer professional treatment.
- 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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Consult Our Dry Eye Experts

At Cape Cod Vision Associates, our experienced eye care specialists are ready to help you find relief from dry eye symptoms. We understand these symptoms' impact on your daily life and are committed to improving your eye health and comfort.

Contact us to schedule an appointment and discuss your dry eye symptoms. Let's work together to find the most suitable treatment and enhance your quality of life.

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