Eye Specialist in Tyler, TX

Experiencing chronic dryness in the eyes is a frustrating and irritating experience for many people. Do you consistently experience any of the following:

  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Redness
  • Discharge
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Halos
  • Frequent tears
  • Tired eyes

If so, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Mark Hooton, our dry eye specialist in Tyler, TX. If you suffer from dry eyes, help is available. We will work with you to develop a custom treatment plan that works for you.


Possible Treatments For Dry Eyes

There are a wide variety of dry eye treatments available. Your doctor will help determine the best treatment for you.

Common treatment options include

  • Warm compresses
  • Prescription eye drops and ointments
  • Humidifiers
  • Diet and nutrition changes
  • Medication
  • Amniotic membranes
  • Autologous serum eyedrops
  • Thermoflo treatments (the only eye doctor in East Texas utilizing this technology)
  • And more

Is Dry Eye Disease Serious?

Not necessarily. Dry eye is a condition caused by poor tear production. The lack of tears keeps your eyes from producing enough moisture.

Causes can range from minor issues, such as allergies, to more serious health conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, or lupus.

If your eyes feel dry constantly, you should see a dry eye specialist in East Texas. Contact Eyes of Tyler today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hooton or Dr. Smith.

How To Get Relief

Most of the time, nonsurgical solutions to dry eye syndrome are effective and enable you to live a normal life with minimal irritation. However, if your optometrist determines a need to address your case of dry eyes more seriously, there are surgical solutions available.

If a procedure is required, we will suggest lacrimal plugs be inserted into your ducts.

Collagen plugs

Collagen plugs are temporary and will dissolve naturally. Your optometrist may recommend these to determine whether a longer lasting solution will be effective.

Punctal (silicone) plugs

Silicone plugs are a long term solution. Although not permanent, punctal plugs can provide relief for years. However, punctal plugs may, on occasion, fall out.

If you need an eye doctor to treat your dry eyes, we are happy to help. Contact us today to learn more about our eye care and vision services for dry eye disease. We look forward to seeing you.

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