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Dry Eye Treatment in Plano

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 Legacy Vision 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 Plano 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 Plano

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Hours
  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
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Patient Reviews
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- Apr. 04, 2024
The staff was the best part of the experience I would highly recommend someone that is looking for a... new place and is big on service oriented to go here.
- Apr. 03, 2024
Beautiful Individuals
- Feb. 05, 2024
Great to work with have been a long time patient and would not change!
- Feb. 04, 2024
Referral for Cataract Surgery with care provided following the procedure. Swift replacement of Lense... s as needed.
- Feb. 02, 2024
Dr. Kirkland and his staff are courteous, pay attention to detail and punctual. I would highly recom... mend their services.
- Dec. 30, 2023
Excellent place for everyone.
- Dec. 18, 2023
Excellent friendly service and a great collection of glasses
- Oct. 30, 2023
Dr Simmons was the best I have ever had.
- Oct. 05, 2023
I've been coming here for over 25 years. I love the staff and care I receive here
- Oct. 02, 2023
Dr. Kirkland and his staff have been Professional, kind and patient for the past 5 years that I've b... een a client. If you have questions, they will all be answered by one of the staff members. I highly recommend this superb team.
- Oct. 02, 2023
The entire experience is always really good at Legacy Vision.
- Sep. 27, 2023
Dr. Kirkland and the staff are very helpful and service oriented. I am happy to be in their custome... r list.
- Sep. 27, 2023
Dr. Kirkland and staff are friendly and professional. They provide a detailed exam of your eyes and... vision. I trust them with my eye health.
- Sep. 22, 2023
Awesome, very professional,
- Aug. 25, 2023
I’ve been treated by Dr Kirkland for over 20 years. My mono-vision, gas permeable lenses are grea... t! They enable my 65 year old eyes to use my readers infrequently! I’ve worn hard lenses over 50 years now & he keeps my eyes healthy.
- Jul. 07, 2023
Great service!
- Jun. 26, 2023
I have been coming to Dr. Kirkland for a very long time. He has always been friendly, kind, and res... pectful. The service of the staff has always been prompt and accomodating. Can't say enough about the team at Legacy Vision.
- May. 25, 2023
The best in the business! Home town doctor feeling in the big city!
- May. 07, 2023
Wonderful Customer Service! They are caring and welcoming! Highly Recommend!
- Apr. 28, 2023
Dr. Mark is an excellent person with so much patience. He checked my eyes thoroughly and was able to... find out the root cause of the problem. Finally, he came up with a prescription that works for both laptop and astigmatism and all the staff members are too supportive and helpful. I would definitely recommend this place for all of my friends. Excellent Job Legacy Vision team!!!

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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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