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Dry Eye Treatment in Saint Charles

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 Advanced EyeCare & Contact Lens Center - St. Charles 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 Saint Charles 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 Saint Charles

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  • Monday 9:00 am - 7:00 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
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Patient Reviews
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- Jan. 10, 2024
Taking care of my vision for now and the future.. caring staff.
- Dec. 22, 2023
Dr. Wicke and the staff at Advanced Eyecare were very helpful and informative regarding my eye care ... options. I would certainly have no issues with recommending Advanced Eyecare to my family and friends.
- Dec. 15, 2023
Advanced Eye Care is a great place to get your eyes looked at and Autumn Wicke is very thorough .
- Oct. 26, 2023
Dr. Autumn is phenomenal. I’ve never had an eye doctor get my prescription right on the first try ... like she did. Very thorough and respectful. 10/10 recommendations for her and the lovely staff
- Sep. 28, 2023
Took great care of my son when getting his new glasses. Patient with us while he tried them on, eve... n cracked a few jokes.
- Aug. 02, 2023
Saw Dr. Wicke for the first time today. I've been struggling with my vision and she was the 3rd opto... metrist I saw about it, and the first one I walked away from feeling like I finally had a clear answer. I also brought my 4 year old in for her first ever eye exam and Dr. Wicke did awesome! So thankful to have this office in STC.
- May. 11, 2023
Dr. Wicke is really the best!!
- May. 01, 2023
Absolutely love Dr. Wicke! She is very friendly and always smiling willing to help me.
- Mar. 24, 2023
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- Mar. 17, 2023
Sure, yes for sure.A five star all the way!!
- Nov. 16, 2020
Wonderful staff and service. Always friendly and helpful. 🥰
- Nov. 09, 2020
Awesome service! Friendly staff and super informative😊
- Oct. 26, 2020
Nice to have a local doctor, friendly staff, accommidating for scheduling appointments.
- Oct. 26, 2020
Was able to schedule appointment quickly. Great experience throughout appointment.
- Oct. 26, 2020
My family has been going to Dr Duryea for years. Every one is always professional, friendly and help... ful. I highly recommend Advanced Eyecare.
- Oct. 23, 2020
Excellent care. Excellent hours for the working folks. Great service. Covid safe procedures.
- Oct. 23, 2020
The staff is extremely kind and helpful. Dr. Duryea is very professional and explains things simply ... and precisely.
- Jul. 24, 2020
Quick and thorough service
- Mar. 17, 2020
Very helpful an great with children
- Mar. 04, 2019
Staff was friendly and courteous. The doctor was timely and made sure to explain everything that she... was doing during the exam.

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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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