Vision Therapy in Plano

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.


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- 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!!!
- Apr. 16, 2023
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- Apr. 01, 2023
My vision team has followed me over 15 years with cordiality and special attention to my needs. Than... k you

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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 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
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Spectera
  • Anthem
  • EyeMed
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross
  • MetLife

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Legacy Vision 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 Legacy Vision today to schedule your comprehensive eye exam and discuss personalized dry eye strategies.

(972) 208-5757