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Dry Eye Treatment in Marion

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 Eye Care - Marion 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 Marion 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 Marion

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Hours
  • Monday 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
  • 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
  • May. 27 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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- Mar. 14, 2024
Knowledgeable, Friendly, Caring doctors and staff
- Feb. 18, 2024
Took our 4 year old here. Super friendly staff! They were super patient with him and doctor was kind... to him as well. Definitely recommend!
- Feb. 11, 2024
Extremely helpful, friendly, and went out of their way to help!
- Jan. 23, 2024
Fast , friendly, thorough, great selection of eyewear, various options, reasonable
- Jan. 16, 2024
Outstanding staff. Very satisfied with my exam and glasses. I highly recommend Preferred Eye Care an... d will continue using them.
- Dec. 29, 2023
They got me in quickly and actualy seemed to care about my situation.
- Dec. 07, 2023
Dr Fettig spent a lot of time making sure we were both taken care of to the fullest, even assisting ... my husband who is legally blind.
- Dec. 05, 2023
Very pleased with our experience at Preferred EyeCare of Marion. Dr Fettig turned back the clock ... for me! I can now see up close and drive at night with my new contacts! He was very patient with my young daughter and made the experience for all my kids a good one! Thank you!
- Sep. 23, 2023
Great people there
- Aug. 08, 2023
My husband, daughter (5 year old), and I all go there for our eye care and they are always kind and ... listen to you well. They are patient with my daughter which is important for me because she's not confident in herself when it came to the letters so it took some time for her to read them. She also didn't like the eye drops but they were kind and understanding with her. We like that they also have hours available past 4 PM on Mondays. It's nice for when school is going on as well as for my husband after work. Highly recommend!
- Jul. 24, 2023
Friendly. Courteous. I was last seen a few years before and they still remembered who I was which sa... ys alot
- Jul. 10, 2023
~ Great Dr ~ Great staff ~
- Apr. 24, 2023
I would recommend Preferred Eye Care without any hesitations.
- Mar. 14, 2023
A great place to go to for eye appointments and many choices of eye wear and products at affordable ... prices.
- Mar. 13, 2023
I just started going to preferred eye care and I absolutely love it friendly staff , very clean offi... ce 10/10 would recommend.
- Feb. 27, 2023
Great staff! Great service!
- Feb. 21, 2023
I’ve been coming in for years. Staff is super friendly and knowledgeable. The doctor is so nice. ... Great selection of frames.
- Feb. 10, 2023
I like it...professional, clean, and knowledgeable staff.
- Feb. 02, 2023
Love Dr Fettig, but they no longer take Davis insurance so I am changing. ☹️
- Jun. 10, 2022
Very friendly and helpful staff.

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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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