Vision Therapy in Cornersburg

Age-Related Dry Eye: Causes and Solutions

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Addressing the Challenges of Dry Eyes As We Age

As we age, our bodies undergo various transformations, including changes in our eye health. One common age-related condition that many individuals encounter is dry eye syndrome. Understanding the factors contributing to this condition and how to manage it effectively becomes increasingly crucial as we age.

Dry eye syndrome in older adults often arises from a combination of factors related to aging and other external influences.

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Exploring Age-Related Factors Contributing to Dry Eye

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  • Tear Gland Function

    Our tear gland function may decline as we age, leading to reduced tear production. This decrease in tear volume can result in dryness and discomfort.

  • Environmental Factors

    Seniors may encounter different environmental conditions that exacerbate dry eye symptoms, such as increased indoor heating or air conditioning systems.

  • Medications That Can Cause Dry Eye

    Certain medications commonly prescribed to older adults, such as hypertension tablets, can have side effects that contribute to dry eyes. It's essential to understand how these drugs may impact your eye health.

  • Underlying Medical Conditions

    Age-related health conditions, such as diabetes or autoimmune diseases, can also increase the risk of dry eye syndrome. Managing these conditions is integral to overall eye health.


Patient Reviews
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- Jan. 31, 2024
The best vision care center in the area! Very professional and super wonderful people! I would recom... mend them to anyone
- Dec. 20, 2023
The BEST...all around. Everyone in that office is fantastic...a well oiled machine. Dr. Gaetano is h... ands down outstanding. Total trust with my eye care. I don't think there's anyone better. Top notch...double thumbs up!!!
- Dec. 06, 2023
Friendly staff.
- Nov. 01, 2023
Great staff, very friendly and helpful
- Oct. 09, 2023
Great DR and staff.
- Aug. 30, 2023
Dr. Gaetano and staff are very friendly and answer questions and guide you through the process with ... clear and helpful explanations.
- Aug. 30, 2023
Dr Gaetanos is a great dr! I’ve been coming here since 1978 (I think)….the office is always ver... y friendly and the glasses store is very helpful….never had a problem!!
- Aug. 20, 2023
Super friendly and knowledgeable! Amazing dr & staff! Great for adults and children.
- Aug. 01, 2023
Amazing place! The dr is the best!
- Jul. 03, 2023
Dr. Gaetano is by far one of the best and one of the most thorough doctors around. I wish there were... more of him. There are a few good staff members that I love but, the reason for my rating is because when I was just in for a contact exam. The older woman who took me back and came in and out of the room after he left to another room, was not very friendly. Not to mention it being for an eye exam for contacts and she opened them up and wouldn’t give me a mirror to put them in. The first pair I didn’t have much luck with so she came back with another pair to try and she opened them up and stuck her fingers in the lenses and dropped them in my hand. I thought it was very unsanitary. Which again, couldn’t even hand me a mirror to put them in. Her nails were also pretty long and who knows what could have been on them. I was very put off by that experience. Brooke is the best and rocks in every single way possible.
- Jun. 28, 2023
Very nice people.
- Jun. 26, 2023
Highly recommend. Dr. Gaetano and his staff are top notch. Great experience
- Jun. 22, 2023
Great person and doctor. Would highly recommend if looking for an eye doctor.
- May. 27, 2023
#1 Vision Care! Professional, Courteous and Caring!!
- May. 17, 2023
Excellent service. Highly recommended.
- May. 10, 2023
great doctor and staff!
- May. 07, 2023
I loved the entire staff!! They were kind and listened to all of my issues to find the best options... for me. I wouldn’t go anywhere else now that I know what they do!
- Apr. 28, 2023
Staff is great! From start to finish even when close to closing they still took their time and didn�... ��t make me feel like I was rushed!
- Apr. 11, 2023
Wouldn’t go anywhere else !
- Mar. 11, 2023
Excellent staff and Dr. Only complaint is pricing on lenses and frames.

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Eye Comfort Strategies as We Grow Older

Age-related dry eye does not have to be a constant source of discomfort. With the guidance of eye care professionals, seniors can explore various treatment options to alleviate symptoms and improve their quality of life.

  • Customized Treatment Plans

    Eye care specialists can create personalized treatment plans tailored to address the specific needs of seniors with dry eye syndrome.

  • Lifestyle Modifications

    Simple adjustments to daily routines, such as incorporating humidifiers in living spaces or using preservative-free artificial tears, can significantly improve eye comfort.

  • Medication Management

    In cases where medications contribute to dry eye, healthcare providers can explore alternative treatments or adjustments to minimize side effects.

  • Regular Eye Exams

    Routine eye exams are essential for monitoring age-related eye conditions, allowing for early detection and intervention when necessary.


Dry Eyes in Cornersburg

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Hours
  • Monday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Spectera
  • Eye Med
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield

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Vision Care Associates Prioritizes Your Vision and Comfort

As we journey through life, aging brings changes to our bodies, including our eyes. By understanding the causes and effective management of age-related dry eye, you can enjoy improved eye comfort and clarity, enhancing your well-being in your golden years.

Call Vision Care Associates today to schedule your comprehensive eye exam and discuss personalized dry eye strategies.

(330) 792-4923