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Dry Eye Treatment in Portland

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 Sumner EyeCare - Portland 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 Portland 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 Portland

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Patient Reviews
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- Feb. 14, 2024
Very friendly staff! I had my 3 young kids with me at my appointment and not only did I receive grea... t care, but the staff very kindly interacted with my kids as well. Clean and organized environment. Glad I found them!
- Feb. 07, 2024
The staff and doctor are are so Professional very friendly and I would not Hesitateto be Recommend ... them to my family and friends
- Jan. 29, 2024
I love this office. The staff are always so friendly and helpful. I don’t ever feel rushed when I ... have a few questions and they always make me feel like they appreciate my business as well.
- Jan. 16, 2024
Great staff and very friendly. I highly recommend them for your eye care needs.
- Dec. 20, 2023
Great place for eye care. Dr. Colonna is great and the staff is super nice and helpful.
- Dec. 15, 2023
Very nice and helpful, I would recommend them to anyone needing a eye exam.
- Dec. 05, 2023
Sumner Eyecare is fantastic. Every member of their staff is wonderful and friendly. I really appre... ciated that Dr Colonna took time to explain things to me and he's incredibly professional and thorough. My husband, myself and our two sons have all recently had visits here and every experience was great.
- Nov. 24, 2023
Great practice all around. If you need eye care in Portland TN or the surrounding areas, these are t... he folks you are looking for!
- Nov. 14, 2023
We went to sumner eye care when our primary eye doctor wouldn't accept our secondary insurance. My s... on lost his glasses and we needed a new pair asap! Sumner eye care was quick to order us a new pair and called as soon as they came in. A week later, a staff member reached out to make sure they were fitted properly and that my son was doing well with them. 10 out of 10 recommend. Very thoughtful of them to follow up with us! We'll be choosing sumner eye care going forward!
- Nov. 09, 2023
Dr. Colonna was friendly, informative, and did not rush through exam. The staff was helpful, friendl... y, and able to answer any questions. Nice experience.
- Oct. 16, 2023
The ladies here were so helpful and above all, kind. They got us in and out same day, and the proces... s was flawless. Their kindness was obvious from the first minute of the experience.
- Oct. 09, 2023
Excellent service from great staff!
- Sep. 18, 2023
Great place to go for your eye exam, glasses, and contacts. The staff is friendly, courteous, and kn... owledgeable.
- Sep. 15, 2023
Fast, friendly probably the best eye care I’ve ever received
- Sep. 11, 2023
Everyone at the office was super helpful and extremely kind to my daughter. It was her first visit a... nd they made her feel comfortable and encouraged her to ask questions and explained everything that was happening. They were also super patient when she was picky out her glasses and found her a pair that met her very particular image she had in her head of what her glasses needed to look like.
- Aug. 26, 2023
Everyone one is very nice and knowledgeable! The dr was kind and listened to my questions earnestly....
- Aug. 15, 2023
Above and beyond in every way!!
- Jul. 20, 2023
They are kind and helpful!
- Jun. 17, 2023
Loved the doctor and the staff. Very welcoming. Nice office and great location!
- Jun. 17, 2023
Staff is super friendly

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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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