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Dry, Burning Eyes? Could Be Dry Eye Syndrome

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EyeMax is so grateful for all our wonderful patients and the opportunity you have given us to care for your eyes this year!

Providing excellent care and convenience to our patients is a top priority for EyeMax. That's one of the reasons we have chosen to build our practice inside Walmart- you're just a step or two away from ordering glasses and contacts in the Vision Center.

We also understand that many of our patients prefer ordering online, so we've implemented a new program to make that process even easier! EyeMax has partnered with Dr. Contact Lens (https://portal.drcontactlens.com/) to provide a location where our patients can access their prescription at any time, and order contacts with just a few clicks. Once your prescription is finalized, it will be uploaded to the secure website where it will be accessible to you through text or email. All our patients with a current prescription will be have access to this resource. If you have insurance benefits that you need to use, we may be able to help you apply these benefits as well.

We hope this change makes your life just a little bit easier. Something we can all use in 2020! Please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 859-272-1422 if you have any questions. We’re happy to help!

EyeMax is offering telehealth appointments! Patients that are unable to come in the office can now take advantages of our telehealth services. These are the steps that will take place in scheduling a telehealth apt.
1. Patient will call the office to schedule a telehealth apt time and date
2. EyeMax will send you a link to your email
3. At the appointment time patient will click on the link
4. Once the patient clicks on the link The telehealth appointment with your Doctor will Start!


Tears are an essential element of eye health. Tears rinse the eye of any dust or particles and keep the eyes moist and comfortable. They also contain enzymes that protect the eyes from microorganisms that can be found in the eye.
When the eyes lack sufficient tears, the results are often discomfort such as persistent dryness, burning, scratchiness or the feeling of something in your eye. Ironically, sometimes dry eyes cause eyes to water excessively as the eyes try to compensate for inadequate tearing.


There are several causes of dry eye syndrome. Dry eyes are often age related as most individuals that suffer from dry eyes are adults, and often women during menopause. Dry eye syndrome can also be a side effect of several medicines including diuretics, antidepressants, birth control pills among others. Dry or dusty air, and dry heat or air circulation are also known causes. In addition, some diseases such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis or others, excessive computer use or use of contact lenses can add to the chances of dry eye syndrome.


The first treatment option is typically lubricating eye drops which work by putting moisture back into the eye. It’s a good idea to consult with your eye doctor to make sure you are using the right eye drops in the right way. If over the counter options don’t help your doctor might prescribe Rx drops that help your body to produce more tears.


For more serious cases, your eye doctor might suggest Lacrisert, an insert placed inside the eyelid that periodically lets out lubricants at various intervals. Another option might be lacrimal plugs which help the eye stay lubricated by reducing the let down of tears. Some eye care professionals will suggest you try dietary or environmental adjustments to relieve the symptoms as well.


In the majority of cases, dry eye syndrome will not affect your eyes permanently but can be an annoyance. Nevertheless, very serious cases increase the risk of infection so it is a good idea to consult with your optometrist.


Especially in the winter, it would help to try to defend your eyes from dry, cold winds and dust. Wearing sunglasses when outside, and trying out a humidifier indoors to combat dry heat may be helpful.


You don’t have to suffer from dry, itchy, burning eyes - contact your optometrist as soon as possible!