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Dry Eye Treatment in Creve Coeur Township

Offering Lasting Relief For Dry, Itchy & Gritty Eyes

(314) 942-5367

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 Crown Vision Center - City Place 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 Creve Coeur Township 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 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. 28, 2024
Friendly and attentive staff. Highly recommend!!!
- Jun. 15, 2024
Dr. Matthew Woodyard is outstanding. Thorough, explains findings and best of all listens to your co... ncerns or possible problems you are having.
- May. 08, 2024
Excellent customer service, wonderful staff. Nothing but smiles and laughter the entire time I was ... there. Everyone was more than helpful!
- Apr. 23, 2024
Staff and doctor were very competent, friendly and accomodating, my first time with the location on ... Olive Blvd. and I definitly can not only recommend the location but are also coming back next time
- Apr. 02, 2024
Super professional and best of best
- Mar. 25, 2024
I've always been a crown Vision customer. Never had a complaint of any kind, their professionalism ... is great, their friendly and kind...that goes a long way with me. It's CV for me!
- Mar. 16, 2024
I've been going here for several years the staff is amazing, friendly and knowledgeable. Dr. Woodar... d is great, he takes his time, explains everything and answers all my questions.
- Feb. 09, 2024
I had an amazing experience with this location and Dr.woodard and his staff were so helpful!
- Feb. 02, 2024
So professional sabrina was nice she was very helpful
- Jan. 05, 2024
I've been a regular client at this Crown Optical location for over 15 years, consistently entrusting... my eye care to Dr. Woodyard. In every visit, Dr. Woodyard has displayed a high level of competence and patience, ensuring thorough and comfortable eye examinations. The team at the store complements this with their consistently helpful and friendly service.
- Dec. 12, 2023
Dr woodyard is the best. He is very patient and knowledgeable I would recommend him to anyone. He de... serves five plus Stars.
- Oct. 21, 2023
I got In quick
- Aug. 31, 2023
Excellent service provided by Ryan and Dr. Woodyard.
- Aug. 13, 2023
I always have great results, and they make sure that your vision is care for before you leave the of... fice.
- Jul. 28, 2023
Consistently excellent care at City Place Crown Vision. ALL the staff are fantastic - helpful, profe... ssional, polite, patient, and kind. My husband and I are both very impressed with the care we always receive at this location. Kudos to all of them!
- Jun. 16, 2023
Sara Stockhausen was the best! She got me in and out and was still able to get what I needed plus mo... re and educate me more on how to take care of my eyes that I've been having issues with. She didn't know that I was looking for a place since I left Clarkson. BUT My experience with her made me turn Crown Vision into my new home for glasses and contacts. Thanks Sara
- Jun. 04, 2023
This location is awesome, everyone from the Dr to the staff was so friendly and helpful. They were... all so patient with my Daughter and I. This was my 1st visit, but I'll definitely be back.
- May. 16, 2023
This is a very great place to go. Staff was wonderful and helpful and the conversation with them ver... y funny and uplifting.
- May. 07, 2023
We are grateful to Dr Woodyard for accommodating us in his busy schedule when our daughter needed im... mediate medical attention due to corneal abrasion. His treatment helped the recovering faster and also painless.
- Apr. 29, 2023
Claire and Dr. Woodyard are great professionals. I had the extra exam done because of a floater. Dr.... Woodyard was polite and informative. Wrote a plan of care and scheduled a follow up appointment in a couple of months. Claire is a saint. Told me my insurance allowance before I even started looking. She even took pictures of me in each pair. Great store! Great Staff. Great selection of designers frames and inexpensive, but trendy looking frames.

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Dry Eyes Treatment in Creve Coeur Township

Our optometry practice in Creve Coeur Township

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Hours
  • Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
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  • EyeMed
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