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Dry Eye Treatment in Lacey

Offering Lasting Relief For Dry, Itchy & Gritty Eyes

(360) 455-4425

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 Rouse EyeCare Center 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 Lacey 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 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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- Jul. 13, 2024
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- Jun. 26, 2024
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- Jun. 20, 2024
Best eye doctor in our region.
- Jun. 15, 2024
We had a tremendous experience! You notice the care with your first exam compared to many of the cha... in stores we went to in the past. He is fantastic with figuring out kids vision issues too!
- Jun. 07, 2024
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- May. 16, 2024
10/10 experience, Melissa and Mia helped me pick out the perfect glasses! Everyone was so personable... and helpful. Dr. Rouse even came out to see, because the girls had told him how great they would look great! Would definitely recommend rouse eye care to anyone! Thank you! Y’all guys are amazing!
- May. 05, 2024
We have been patients at Dr. Rouse’s clinic for two years. I appreciate how each staff member trea... ts patients efficiently, respectfully, and kindly. Dr. Rouse takes time to give a thorough exam and is so friendly with his patients. If you need new glasses, they have a great selection of frames and will take all the time needed to help you find a frame that fits your style and lenses that meet your needs. We definitely recommend Rouse EyeCare Center in Lacey.
- May. 05, 2024
They really take good care of your needs! Highly recommended!
- Apr. 29, 2024
I’ve been a patient at Rouse EyeCare Center for a number of years. The staff and doctor have alway... s been very helpful. Recently, I purchased some new glasses and found that they needed to be tweaked several times to fit correctly. Mia has been attentive and professional while working with me. I appreciate the staff and love their variety of frames.
- Apr. 27, 2024
A great experience!
- Mar. 31, 2024
The whole experience with all who work there was amazing from start to finish. Thank you!!!
- Feb. 27, 2024
So glad I chose to come here. Being my first time getting glasses I had a lot of questions. Mia has ... been such great help explaining options and finding a fit for my face, she even showed me affordable insurance plans to help cover expenses. You’re a real one! Will be back
- Feb. 08, 2024
Rouse Eyecare is a fantastic center to get your optic needs. They are friendly and cooperative on ap... pointments. They listen to your concerns and help resolve any issues. You feel valued at this office.
- Jan. 15, 2024
Professional team and very nice service.
- Jan. 13, 2024
Super customer service from start to finish. I was able to get a quick appointment for an eye exam a... nd the office staff, Dr Rouse, and the opticians are all superb! A great experience.
- Jan. 09, 2024
Professional, thorough services, exam, choice of eyeware.
- Dec. 28, 2023
Most thorough exam I've received in the last 20 years, and who knew shopping for frames could be so ... much fun? Melissa is the BEST - truly great at helping us pick the perfect pairs.
- Dec. 24, 2023
Highly recommend Rouse for their excellent selection of eyeglass frames.
- Dec. 03, 2023
Wonderful customer service
- Dec. 01, 2023
Dr. Rouse is fantastic. Mia Pinto, the lead optician, is AMAZING. She was great to talk to, has an e... xcellent eye, and helped me find glasses I'm excited about wearing. Thank you!

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Dry Eyes Treatment in Lacey

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