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Dry Eye Treatment in Central Northwest

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 Memorial Eye Center - Oak Forest 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 Central Northwest 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 Central Northwest

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Hours
  • Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Saturday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
  • May. 27 Closed
Insurance Plans
  • Aetna
  • VSP
  • Spectera
  • Metlife Vision
  • United Healthcare
  • EyeMed
  • Medicare
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Patient Reviews
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- May. 14, 2024
I was a patient of the previous doctor before she relocated.
- Apr. 20, 2024
Easy. Simple no frills.
- Feb. 23, 2024
This place is PHENOMENAL. Everyone that works here is so nice and fantastic at their jobs. I think ... if I ever move, I will make trips back to houston specifically for this company 😊
- Feb. 21, 2024
Great customer service, staff was very friendly and knowledgeable.
- Feb. 16, 2024
Great experience! Seen quickly, everyone was super friendly and helpful
- Jan. 25, 2024
The doctor is amazing along with the staff.
- Dec. 29, 2023
I loved Dr. Chau!! She was helpful listening to all my needs and was very knowledgeable and kind. Sh... e recommended a few things to help with my dry eyes when I answered yes to having dry eyes and remembered to ask and check on previous eye issues from the last visit. Jackie was so sweet as well! She helped me check out and never pushed me to purchase any glasses or contacts. This is my third year seeing Dr. Chau and Jackie, and I’ll be back next year!
- Dec. 22, 2023
I am older and needed glasses for the first time. The first pair were progressives and did not work... for me at all. When I told the staff they found out what the problem was for me and ordered me new lenses that work perfectly. I was very happy with how well they took care of me and everyone that works there is super nice!
- Dec. 05, 2023
The staff and docs at Memorial Eye Center Oak Forest are lovely! The office is clean, organized, and... supports technology like Optomap for retinal imaging. I saw Dr. Chau and was very pleased with her manner and ability to explain eye health. I’ll be coming back for my routine exams and glasses.
- Sep. 13, 2023
Great doctor and staff!
- Aug. 29, 2023
Great service, professional and non-biased medical feedback.
- Aug. 29, 2023
Great service and highly competent Dr!
- Aug. 04, 2023
As soon as I walked in, I was greeted. I told them I have an appointment at 11:30 AM and they immedi... ately knew my name. It didn’t take long for them to see me. Staff was super friendly it felt welcoming. I don’t like hospital or clinical appointments and normally I try to leave as soon as possible and get it done and over with but the atmosphere here didn’t make me feel that way. The eye doctor Kim Van Chau was great and definitely my style, very quick, in and out, got what I needed done. The whole team was great. I won’t be looking for another place to get my vision needs taken care of. The whole team did not disappoint. And they have a very good selection of glasses to choose from.
- Jul. 21, 2023
I really like that the office is close to home. The office was clean and well organized. The staff ... were very nice, informative, and were very knowledgeable about services and product. The treatment of the technician was awesome she was very nice and understanding. Dr. Chau was very great she listen to me and understood exactly what I needed and didn’t make me feel rushed. For me it was a 10 out of 10 experience for me . I highly recommend
- Jul. 11, 2023
Great experience from the staff and Dr Kim.
- Jun. 30, 2023
Dr. Aksamentov and the office staff were extremely knowledgeable and very professional. One of the o... ffice staff members waited for me even after their closing hours, it’s the little things that make this office so great! I highly recommend this office to anyone looking for a new doctor or a new office, I promise you will not be disappointed!
- Jun. 20, 2023
Great people and service!
- Jun. 03, 2023
rapid appointments, friendly staff. excellant serivce, close to home.
- Mar. 30, 2023
Love these guys and will certainly be back. We will miss Dr. Kovacs! Good Luck and Blessings!
- Mar. 24, 2023
Best staff, ever.!!

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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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