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Dry Eye Treatment in Lebanon

Offering Lasting Relief For Dry, Itchy & Gritty Eyes

(615) 444-9111

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 Gallaher Eye Care 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 Lebanon 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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- Jun. 28, 2024
Our family loves everyone at Gallaher Eye Care. The whole office is friendly and so sweet. Dr. Galla... her is wonderful, so patient, and kind.
- Jun. 19, 2024
Great folks and service.
- Jun. 09, 2024
Dr Gallaher it's not only my doctor but a friend. I've been going to his office for many years. I st... arted back when his father was in practice. He is very professional and friendly. His staff is also
- May. 31, 2024
Very professional and helpful, and personable.
- May. 14, 2024
Dr Gallaher & his team are amazing. When I call for whatever the reason whether it's to order contac... ts, make an appointment or even to ask a question they do not hesitate to help in any way possible. They are patient & so sweet to all their patients. They are open on Saturday too which is very convenient. I'll never go anywhere else.
- May. 07, 2024
Best eye dr. In town
- May. 07, 2024
The staff is always so nice and Dr Gallaher is so understanding
- May. 04, 2024
Friendly & good customer service.
- Apr. 27, 2024
5 star business
- Apr. 24, 2024
Dr Gallaher is a wonderful doctor. Always friendly and knowledgeable!
- Mar. 29, 2024
Dr. Gallaher is friendly, attentive, and explains everything in detail. I would recommend his servic... es to all.
- Feb. 27, 2024
I have a great experience every time I go to Dr. Gallaher’s office. Everyone there is super frien... dly and kind. 10/10 highly recommended!
- Feb. 19, 2024
Outstanding Services ! DR. GALLAHER and HIS NURSES are KIND, COMPASSIONATE. Greets everyone with a S... MILE and very PATIENT. Patience is a PLUS. ALL are Caring & Considerate toward everyone. Dr. Gallaher and his Nurses take great pride in making accommodations/ time for ( Especially Senior Citizens), each Individuals needs. It's always a PLEASURE to visit Gallaher EYE Care. The Eye Exam, (EYE PRESSURE, VISIONS/VISUALLY), Results may not always be the best however, with CHRIST ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE. THE POWER OF PRAYER. GOD IS MY/ OUR MAIN SOURCE. AND I HAD TO LEARN TO (KEEP THE FAITH that was instilled in me/ us when we were children. Everyone came this far by FAITH, Leaning &TRUSTING in the LORD! ), BE FAITHFUL TO MY/ OUR LORD and SAVIOR/ SAVIOUR and SAVOR each day our "HEAVENLY"Father gives me/ us. Glory be to GOD and THANK you JESUS. May GOD Continue BLESSING All ! THANK YOU (NURSES, ETC.), DR. GALLAHER EYE CARE.
- Feb. 07, 2024
I appreciate Dr Gallaher and his staff. The location is convenient, the office staff friendly and th... ey have just been great to partner with for my eye care.
- Jan. 26, 2024
Great doctor and very nice staff. Gets you in quick. Highly recommend.
- Jan. 11, 2024
I highly recommend going here for all eye needs. Friendly super caring staff. My neighborhood eye cl... inic has everyone come smiling.
- Nov. 16, 2023
Staff and Dr knowledgeable, friendly, and prifessional
- Nov. 13, 2023
Thorough exam, friendly staff. They are very desirous to make certain you are totally satisfied
- Oct. 31, 2023
Amazing experience as always!
- Oct. 21, 2023
Great comfortable experience

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Dry Eyes Treatment in Lebanon

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