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Dry Eye Treatment in Hannibal

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 International Eyecare Center - Hannibal 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 Hannibal 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.


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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

Patient Reviews
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- May. 26, 2024
I was very pleased with the eye exam I received the lady who helped me pick out glasses was very car... ing and making sure that I got the right glasses for me and that I was getting the best price for my glasses
- May. 18, 2024
Getting an appointment is easy. They are friendly, caring, understanding, knowledgeable, all around ... just a very pleasant place and employees.
- May. 14, 2024
Best overall team out there for eye care !!
- May. 06, 2024
Hannibal IEC is Great with children
- Apr. 11, 2024
Dr. Mueller is top notch, cares about his patients, very pleasant.
- Apr. 09, 2024
The staff was great and very helpful!
- Apr. 02, 2024
Great doctors and customer service I give 5 stars. IEC IS THE BEST
- Mar. 15, 2024
Accommodating appointment times for busy schedules, prompt on time examinations and many frame style... s to chose from.
- Mar. 06, 2024
Dr Mueller is the greatest and he explains each of my questions. He is very professional and kind. I... have been hesitant to go to the doctor since I have an eye disease. He goes the extra mile at each visit.
- Feb. 02, 2024
Awesome customer care and Dr. Mueller is the best!
- Nov. 28, 2023
Wonderful staff very friendly
- Nov. 19, 2023
They were quick getting us in and out! They were great with my boys!
- Nov. 14, 2023
The best place to go for eye appointments. Very friendly staff and Dr. Daack is the best!
- Sep. 18, 2023
if you go here, I definitely recommend Dr. Daack.
- Jul. 31, 2023
My appt was flawless from check in, my exam with Dr Daack, to picking out frames and returning to pi... ck my glasses up. Everything was great. I will be back, again.
- Jun. 23, 2023
I trust Dr. Ken Mueller at IEC! That is why I continue to shop with him and IEC!
- Apr. 19, 2023
This was a first time visit for my husband and I and we both had very good experiences here. Neither... of our eyes have changed enough to warrant new glasses and we were not pushed at all into getting new ones. The doctor and the staff were very professional.
- Apr. 16, 2023
Excellent attentive service and super friendly
- Mar. 19, 2023
Dr. Kenneth Mueller is the best eye Dr. there is. He is truly dedicated to his patients.
- Mar. 17, 2023
Makes getting eyevexam a very comfortable process.

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Dry Eyes Treatment in Hannibal

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Hours
  • Monday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday By appointment only
  • Sunday Closed
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