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Dry Eye Treatment in St. Augustine

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 Anastasia Eye 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 St. Augustine 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 St. Augustine

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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 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Anthem
  • EyeMed
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross
Patient Reviews
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- Mar. 01, 2024
I broke my eyeglasses and I only have the one pair. I found out that my optometrist does not do rep... airs and wouldn't even fit me a new frame. I called Anastsia Eye Associates and the receptionist told me to come in so they could do an assessment. Matt Lee the Optician took over 30 minutes finding a frame to match my lenses as he could not repair my broken frames. He then put my current lenses in the new frames and made sure they fit me properly. I was so impressed! They are now my Optometrist and I have an appointment later this month for a full exam. Thank you so much!
- Feb. 27, 2024
Broke my glasses while traveling, went to this establishment, and he was able to repair them in 10 ... minutes. No charge. A very fine looking business.
- Jan. 30, 2024
Ms. Katie, Thank You for being so kind during my appointment scheduling, you explained everything th... oroughly and returned my calls.
- Jan. 22, 2024
10 years of experience with Dr. Green, Matt and team. They provide seasoned expertise and excellent ... patient/customer care and service.
- Jan. 14, 2024
Traveling in the St. Augustine area and my glasses needed repair. Walked in and Matt Lee repaired my... glasses in five minutes at no charge. Wonderful service and friendly people.
- Jan. 12, 2024
A Friendly, caring team of professionals!! We were so impressed and have already spread their name a... round town. So glad we found Dr Green and his team! 😊
- Dec. 29, 2023
Broke my sunglasses frames and within a half hour I had new frames! Excellent and fast customer serv... ice by Michelle!
- Dec. 08, 2023
Walked in for a repair. The attention & service was exceptional. 5-Star
- Dec. 07, 2023
Great service! Matt handed my eyeglass repair with ease and a big smile. We are visiting from CT, b... ut would definitely be regular customers if local. A beautiful office with remarkable inventory. Thank you!
- Nov. 25, 2023
Everyone at the office is so friendly, welcoming, and helpful! Dr. Greene really spends time with yo... u, asks question, listens, and then explains things well. I’m so glad I made the switch to Anastasia Eye Associates!
- Nov. 21, 2023
Many years of great service to me and my family. Excellent staff!!!
- Nov. 13, 2023
They fixed my frames that I had broken and gotten elsewhere for no charge, and in under 10 minutes. ... Excellent service.
- Oct. 20, 2023
Totally personable and professional environment. Dr Greene and his staff are competent and caring.
- Oct. 19, 2023
Simply the BEST eye care you will ever receive!
- Oct. 06, 2023
Great service easy to get in for appointment; very professional staff
- Oct. 05, 2023
I loved the staff there! Everyone is helpful and super friendly and knowledgable. I had a staff help... me pick glasses, figure out the total costs with the insurance, and even help me out with my bike. Really nice group of folks!
- Sep. 29, 2023
Friendly doctor & great staff!! Was totally wowed with whole experience. I highly recommend them!!
- Sep. 24, 2023
Fantastic people with awesome service!
- Aug. 25, 2023
Fit me in before his vacation. Immediate relief from eye pain.
- Aug. 21, 2023
Dr. Greene is great! Matt and staff are great too! Great selection of eyewear too!

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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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