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Dry Eye Treatment in Wilmington

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 Heller EyeCare 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 Wilmington 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 Wilmington

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  • Monday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
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  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Spectera
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  • EyeMed
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Patient Reviews
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- Mar. 25, 2024
Love having my exams here and getting my glasses at the same place! Always friendly and extremely he... lpful! Highly recommend them!
- Mar. 16, 2024
I've been going to Dr. Marron Curdo for 15 years she's fabulous
- Mar. 12, 2024
Fist time there the staff are very nice friendly and professional and they’ve there to assist you ... and I’m not rushed and helped out quickly and was seen Thks again
- Mar. 02, 2024
Attentive caring doctors and nice staff.
- Mar. 01, 2024
Love everything about them.
- Feb. 17, 2024
All the staff are friendly and professional.
- Jan. 08, 2024
Great Doctors and services
- Jan. 03, 2024
They have the best staff!
- Dec. 18, 2023
Dr Afshar and his entire staff are terrific. He takes the time to listen to you, I never feel rushed... there. The staff are all pleasant and helpful.
- Dec. 15, 2023
Attentive kind concerned from front desk to back exam rooms!
- Dec. 09, 2023
Great staff! Everyone was friendly, and the appointment was smooth and fast. Just an incredibly plea... sant experience.
- Dec. 04, 2023
Great service! Very happy with local businesses that provide quality experience.
- Oct. 12, 2023
The staff are very friendly. Drs. Afshar and Marron-Curdo are both incredibly easy to work with. Hig... hly recommend.
- Sep. 28, 2023
Dr. Afshar is a really good O.D., and he and the staff create a professional and friendly atmosphere... at this practice. Best eye care practice I have been to in over 50 years of wearing glasses and contact lenses.
- Sep. 28, 2023
Great professionals!
- Sep. 13, 2023
I had a good experience with all the staff I met at my recent visit as they were friendly and fully ... answered all questions I had.
- Aug. 11, 2023
Best care around
- Jul. 13, 2023
Very friendly, professional and knowledgeable!
- Jul. 07, 2023
Professional, friendly, knowledgeable, and easy to work with. Dr Afshar and staff are an absolute p... leasure!
- Jun. 12, 2023
Very friendly and caring staff. I highly recommend !!

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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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