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Dry Eye Treatment in Rosana Square Shopping Center

Offering Lasting Relief For Dry, Itchy & Gritty Eyes

(913) 345-2020

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 Overland Park Eye Center 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 Rosana Square Shopping Center 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 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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- Jul. 05, 2024
Everyone at your office is very friendly and helpful.
- Jul. 01, 2024
Friendly and helpful service with no hard sales!
- Jun. 22, 2024
I ve been a patient here for over 20 yrs. Wouldn't think of going anywhere else. Thank you Dr Joe a... nd Dr Pierce.
- May. 21, 2024
Friendly receptionists, Dentist is Great. Been going to him since he 1st started his practice 45 ... years ago.
- May. 16, 2024
Dr Pierce is an excellent clinician, very thorough, knowledgeable and friendly! Staff are great, too... !
- May. 07, 2024
Professional and friendly.
- May. 03, 2024
This is the best eye care center around. Everyone is all very friendly, knowledgeable, and caring. T... hey have helped my various problems, improved my vision, and I highly recommend both doctors and staff!
- Apr. 29, 2024
Jeremy was so helpful today. Great customer service!
- Mar. 23, 2024
Very nice office with friendly staff and doctor. No waiting for my appointment!
- Feb. 22, 2024
Dr Joe and his staff are very friendly and professional. My eye exam was done right on time, one of... the assistants helped me pick out my glasses & sunglasses, and I was in and out of the office in under an hour. They texted me about a week later when they were ready and I absolutely LOVE both pair of glasses. I will continue to use Dr Joe as my optometrist.
- Feb. 01, 2024
See the Clarity Clearly with Eye Associates Top notch staff and doctors with huge selection of frame... s. Stopped many a time to get adjustments on frames or help with my contacts
- Jan. 29, 2024
Everyone was very friendly and helpful. Dr. Joe gave the right prescription for my new contacts and ... glasses. I will definitely be going back the next time when needing an eye exam highly recommend Overland Park Eye Center.
- Jan. 06, 2024
Everything about Overland Park Eye Center is perfect! I can’t think of anything that they could d... o differently that would increase the value of the services they provide to patients and customers. Over the years I have worked with or interacted with everyone who works there, and they are all friendly, competent, and helpful. They are very responsive to calls, messages, and questions. They have a great selection of eye classes, but do not pressure you to buy your glasses there after an eye exam. Even if they are busy when I go in, I always feel like I get the attention I need, and because their office runs efficiently, I never feel like I’m having my time wasted. Communication is top notice. I love this place!
- Jan. 06, 2024
Great customer svc.
- Dec. 24, 2023
Outstanding doctor and crew
- Dec. 07, 2023
Dr. Joe is absolutely amazing - he is attentive, extremely knowledgeable and has an excellent bedsid... e manner! I have been seeing him for over 20 years and would never go any place else!
- Dec. 04, 2023
I have been a patient here for a number of years. The staff is very professional and very kind!
- Oct. 30, 2023
Great place, great staff! Dr Pierce is very attentive and professional.
- Oct. 22, 2023
Professional, caring and quick turn around on my order. Appreciated the assistance in searching for ... the right frames for my face and improved vision.
- Aug. 25, 2023
I’ve been going to Dr. Joe for nearly 20 years, and will keep going here until he retires.

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Dry Eyes Treatment in Rosana Square Shopping Center

Our optometry practice in Rosana Square Shopping Center

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Hours
  • Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Superior Vision
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross

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(913) 345-2020