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Dry Eye Treatment in Crystal Lake

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 Coventry EyeCare Associates 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 Crystal Lake 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 Crystal Lake

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Hours
  • Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Tuesday 11:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Saturday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Spectera
  • Anthem
  • EyeMed
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross
  • MetLife
Patient Reviews
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- Feb. 21, 2024
I just want to put a shout out to anyone anyone at all that needs to have their eyes checked please ... don't pass up Coventry eye Care they do an awesome job and they are very thorough and they care and when it comes to picking out the glasses be sure to ask for Zoe she'll go above and beyond and way out of her way to make sure you get the right pair for your face so that you'll feel good and look good about them thank you everybody over there I had a great experience!
- Sep. 14, 2023
Debbie was an absolute ROCKSTAR!!! I came in not even knowing what type of glasses I was looking for... and she took her time helping me decide what I was looking for. She gave me good solid advice about the fit and features of the different frames. She made me feel comfortable and not rushed to figure out what I wanted. GIVE THAT WOMAN A RASIE!!!
- Jan. 03, 2023
Brett does a terrific job. He is genuinely helpful and helped select glasses which will look great a... nd have the Coventry quality we have come to expect! Kudos to Brett for all of his help!
- Oct. 25, 2022
I was in between going in and out of town for a family matter and they were able to get me in immedi... ately. Dr Rodriguez was very personable and thorough. I felt very comfortable with his exam . The wonderful staff here, Debbie, Ashley and Zoe made me feel like a VIP.
- Aug. 03, 2022
Our entire family goes here and we are always pleased with the staff and service. We get quality car... e and all questions we ask answered.
- Feb. 25, 2022
Professional expert eye care. State of the art equipment, Doctor and staff are courteous, knowledge... able, with detailed analysis and explanations. Highly recommended.
- Feb. 11, 2022
Always great customer service, friendly and knowledgeable staff. Wide selection of frames and even s... pecialty lenses for sunglasses and sports wear.
- Jan. 06, 2022
Everyone is always so friendly and helpful.
- Dec. 18, 2021
Always a good experience from the thorough exam and results discussion to the choosing of frames and... the coordination of insurance. Great people to work with.
- Dec. 15, 2021
As always professional, friendly and thorough. I’ve been going to Coventry Eye Care for many years... .
- Nov. 29, 2021
Great office staff. Everyone is very nice and they use all updated technology.
- Nov. 24, 2021
Wonderful experience here with my young son. Everyone was so friendly, communicative, helpful, and c... omforting. I was blown away with the fact that the doctor and staff focused on the “ whole” child and not just his eyes. The patience, friendly demeanor, and child like conversation with the doctor kept my son engaged and cooperative. As a mother, I was comfortable and appreciative of the doctors approach of not only being a professional but a parent, too. We will be back!
- Nov. 03, 2021
I have been using Coventry Eyecare for about 5 years now. Never have I been disappointed. I had some... issues with the same pair of glasses twice and both times they stepped up and took care of the issue. I recently moved out of Crystal Lake and I live about 25 miles away but will continue to use them for my vision/eyeware needs.
- Oct. 21, 2021
Coventry has been taking great care of me for 25+ years. They continue to invest in state of the ar... t technology combined with warm/family team members delivering a First class experience. I am in great hands. Thank you!
- Oct. 20, 2021
Great staff !!! Coventry Eye Care is the best!
- Oct. 19, 2021
My visit today was good and thorough and staff was very nice and helpful. Recommend this facility to... anyone needing good care for vision issues.
- Oct. 13, 2021
Very thorough and friendly staff!
- Sep. 23, 2021
Great staff always a good experience
- Sep. 16, 2021
Amazing, from start to finish! They are especially great with kids. My daughter is 6 and was extreme... ly nervous about her appointment and they were all so friendly and patient with her.
- Sep. 14, 2021
New to area, always a challenge looking for specialists. Saw website, long time local business wit... h great reviews. Was able to schedule online which was responded to immediately and then confirmed. Pre-registered online also. Upon visit, receptionist (Sarah) was phenomenal! Looked up insurance benefits to apply towards visit. Office is clean and equipment up to date. Its been awhile since I've been examined and technician (Michael) was thorough and informative. Dr. Hui was great, answering all questions and explaining things no one has before. I was comfortable in this office. Brett helped in the frames area explaining various products. I will be returning.

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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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