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Dry Eye Treatment in Hermitage

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 Hermitage EyeCare 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 Hermitage 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 Hermitage

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Hours
  • Monday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 7:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Thursday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday 7:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Spectera
  • Superior Vision
  • Davis Vision
  • EyeMed
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Patient Reviews
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- Apr. 14, 2024
I would highly recommend going Dr. Ditto! She provides excellent care with very helpful recommendati... ons. I’m not a huge fan of going to the eye doctor but she made me comfortable and at ease during my visit! The staff is very friendly and helpful as well!
- Apr. 10, 2024
Great eye care doctor. Really gets to know you and takes his time explaining everything about your e... yes. Highly recommend!
- Apr. 10, 2024
Excellent staff five star customer service!
- Apr. 05, 2024
Dr. Amy Parsley is amazing!! Jill
- Mar. 31, 2024
Wonderful staff and amazing care from Dr Ditto.
- Mar. 14, 2024
Professional, knowledgeable, helpful and friendly staff.
- Mar. 08, 2024
Dr. Parsley was very thoughtful and thorough. Best eye exam I had ever had. Wonderful doctor. I'm so... glad to have found her. The person who helped me find the perfect pair of glasses and with my fitting is an absolute darling. Gracious, kind, and informative. The receptionist was very patient with me. I was being a bit moody from working all night. Overall, a delightful experience. Understand that the glasses run a little high. It's not Walmart. But, you are getting quality care and they'll happily work with you to make sure you're happy.
- Mar. 08, 2024
Amazing service. Loved Jessica Ditto. So sweet and personable
- Mar. 01, 2024
The staff, as always, was wonderful@@
- Feb. 22, 2024
Everyone is Super nice and very professional. Highly recommend I have been going there for years.
- Feb. 18, 2024
Dr. Ditto and team are amazing! Great services!
- Feb. 05, 2024
Dr. Jessica Ditto is wonderful and I love their glasses selection!
- Jan. 25, 2024
Hermitage Eye Care Is The Bestest Eye Place Ever And Dr.Jessica Ditto Is The Bestest Eye Doctor Ever... And She's So Very Sweet And Very Helpful And Very Outgoing And Very Friendly And I Will Definitely Be Back Next Year And Everyone Is So Very Friendly And Very Helpful And Very Sweet And So Much Better Then Awful Americans Best And Americans Best Sucks
- Jan. 23, 2024
I have been going to Hermitage Eye Care for over ten years and have always received a Professional a... nd Pleasant experience.
- Jan. 16, 2024
Wonderful staff and service! I almost hate to tell people about them since service like this is har... d to find nowadays. But, I won't go anywhere else.
- Jan. 14, 2024
I was long overdue for an eye exam and finally got tired of losing all of my reading glasses (which ... I now know were the wrong strength anyway!). There are a lot of options for local eye care businesses, and I chose Hermitage Eyecare based on reviews, location, and because they were providers through my insurance and had appointments available within just a few days. I am extremely happy with my visit! Dr. Ditto was very personable and easy to talk to, and thoroughly explained every aspect of the exam and findings. Tasha was also great, and helped me pick out frames and lenses that were the right fit, look and price point. From the check-in process to check-out, was a pleasant experience with lots of frames and styles to choose from. I'm finally looking forward to having a pair of glasses I can put on my face and leave there, which I'll have soon. Highly recommend!
- Jan. 10, 2024
I just had the best experience here! I honestly hate going to the doctor and procrastinated getting ... my eye exam, but from the minute I walked into Hermitage Eye Care, I felt comfortable and taken care of! Everyone at the front desk was so kind and helpful, and I saw Dr. Jessica Ditto for my eye exam. She walked me through the whole exam process, always asked before touching me or moving me, and even talked me through the photos of my eye so I knew what everything meant. I’ve never had that kind of time spent on me as a patient before. It was such a wonderful experience, I’m almost sad I won’t have to come back for another year! ❤️
- Jan. 08, 2024
Dr. Hammond is awesome! The staff is very supportive and accomodating
- Dec. 29, 2023
I was able to get in on the next day for a medical issue. Everyone was friendly and helpful. Thanks ... so much.
- Dec. 21, 2023
Great people with a great experience

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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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