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Dry Eye Treatment in Gallatin

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 - Gallatin 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 Gallatin 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 Gallatin

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Hours
  • Monday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
  • May. 27 Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Spectera
  • Superior Vision
  • Davis Vision
  • EyeMed
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Patient Reviews
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- Apr. 08, 2024
Very friendly and helpful! I will recommend to anyone!
- Mar. 19, 2024
Great eye care i think they are a good team of people fixing you’re EYES.Thank y’all.
- Mar. 13, 2024
Friendly staff, very knowledgeable doctors, and a huge selection of frames to choose your glasses.
- Feb. 27, 2024
A very Friendly and Courteous service
- Feb. 26, 2024
Adam Neal is a rock star!
- Feb. 12, 2024
Really great place.
- Feb. 10, 2024
Our experience at Sumner Eyecare was awesome! This was our first eye exam for both myself and my kid... s and they treated us with such care. The staff was so friendly and informative and the vibe was warm and inviting. We will forever be customers.
- Feb. 07, 2024
Great facility with a nice family feel to it, not very busy or loud like some corporate competitors ... in the area. Very well staffed with friendly and highly knowledgeable employees.
- Feb. 05, 2024
Very friendly and competent staff.
- Feb. 04, 2024
Very good products and very good service polite and courteous do all my eyewear shopping here
- Feb. 04, 2024
The service was great! everyone was kind, polite, thorough and professional. They did not act as tho... ugh my eye care was just business revenue, but that my eye care mattered to them.
- Jan. 30, 2024
Dr. Neal was so great and knowledgeable. I haven't had a fav eye doctor since the 2001 vision center... days BUT Dr. Neal is it for me. The young lady at the desk gave a great first impression with her kindness.
- Jan. 11, 2024
Everyone was friendly and had no issues! I’ll be continuing to use them 🙂
- Jan. 10, 2024
I was late by about 20+ minutes for appointment, not including the 15 minutes early they asked me to... be there, and they just took it in stride, did excellent exam, asked all the right questions, and got me out way faster than I thought they could. I couldn't have asked for any better appointment for my annual diabetic eye exam.
- Dec. 12, 2023
It's easy to get in for an appointment (without waiting for weeks), and the staff is all very friend... ly.
- Nov. 06, 2023
Great doctors and great staff! A good selection of eyewear! Knowledge staff.
- Nov. 03, 2023
Wonderful staff, service and environment.
- Oct. 22, 2023
Extremely friendly & professional staff!
- Oct. 18, 2023
The staff and Dr Mortemore were attentive to detail and friendly. Highly recommend
- Oct. 17, 2023
Staff is extremely 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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