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Dry Eye Treatment in New Castle

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 Preferred EyeCare - New Castle 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 New Castle 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.


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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

Patient Reviews
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- Jun. 08, 2024
Dr and staff are amazing. 10/10 recommend
- Jun. 04, 2024
Best in New Castle! I recommend Preferred Eye Care to all! Fast and easy and staff was extremely f... riendly and helpful!
- Apr. 16, 2024
The employees were very helpful and polite they have a wide section of frames
- Mar. 10, 2024
Staff was wonderful. I love my new glasses.
- Feb. 23, 2024
Took my daughter here and everyone was really friendly and helpful. She had to get glasses and they ... were ready with in a week. Very friendly and welcoming.
- Jan. 05, 2024
This was my first visit, and I was treated very courteously. Dr. Kieninger did a thorough exam and I... am confident in her diagnosis. Even printed me a Good RX coupon. I couldn't ask for anything more.
- Sep. 28, 2023
Always friendly and Contact order to delivery is always faster than predicted. Dr.Jessica is very n... ice and listens.
- Aug. 28, 2023
Dr. K is the best!!!!
- Jul. 03, 2023
They have been wonderful I appreciate you all more then you know! Thank you!
- May. 25, 2023
Everyone was wonderful! Gabby had lost her glasses and mine had gone through the washer and were ext... remely warped. They were able to order Gabs a new pair and actually repaired mine.
- Apr. 26, 2023
I actually felt that the Dr. and staff took the time to listen to me and heard my concerns. I had a ... great experience and I'm glad I switched to Preferred EyeCare
- Mar. 19, 2023
They have the best selection in glasses for Medicaid patients and everybody there is soo friendly!!!...
- Jan. 02, 2023
Having had glasses since I was 18 months old, I've seen several eye doctors over the years. Dr. Kien... inger and Preferred Eye Care have been the best by far! They are always so kind and helpful, along with being thorough and professional. I recommend them to anyone looking for an eye doctor!
- Dec. 21, 2022
Very friendly professional staff
- Dec. 17, 2022
I have always taken my kids to the same location for over 10 years. Some of the people have changed ... but the atmosphere has stayed the same. Friendly, fast, accurate and patient with my kids.
- Dec. 05, 2022
Everyone was very friendly and professional. It was a pleasant experience
- Dec. 01, 2022
Couldn't have had a better appointment. It was very easy to get through and the staff were very prof... essional. I would suggest this place to anyone who asked me where to go to get their eyes checked or to get glasses that's for sure. Stop in and check this place out they've got a wicked amount of different eyeglasses to choose from.
- Nov. 18, 2022
Everytime I'm there is a very pleasant experience, everyone is very kind and considerate. ❤️
- Nov. 18, 2022
Everyone in the office is so nice and they all do a wonderful job to assure that my eyes stay health... y. I appreciate you all very much!
- Nov. 16, 2022
My last visit was so horrible I really did not want to return,made an appointment went in and left a... nd did not return till today against my better judgement because I love the eye Dr. there my experience was not with her at all she is great it was with front desk and glasses tech who is no longer there she was not the only one either and they are still there. My visit today was awesome accourse the Dr. was great, technician for choosing my glasses her name was Shelby and she did a great job, patient, informative, involved ,for first time I purchased extended insurance on my glasses I am also coming back to get another pair next month and sun glasses in January, I am sooooo glad my visit was good I have been coming there for a long time I did not want to leave mainly because the Dr. Being so good, thanks

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Dry Eyes Treatment in New Castle

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  • Tuesday 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • Friday 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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