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Dry Eye Treatment in Pittsburgh

Offering Lasting Relief For Dry, Itchy & Gritty Eyes

(412) 854-2222

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 Eyetique - South Hills Village 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 Pittsburgh 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

Patient Reviews
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- Jun. 18, 2024
Everyone was very nice and on time
- Jun. 14, 2024
I have been a loyal Eyetique customer for 12 years now, both the downtown Pittsburgh and South Hills... Village locations. Best service, optometrists, prices and selection around.
- May. 26, 2024
I have been using the SHV location for a few years now and I am always taken at my appointment time,... and the staff is always knowledgeable and kind. And my contacts usually come quicker than expected which is great!
- May. 11, 2024
Great customer service and eye exam
- May. 04, 2024
Great experience choosing glasses, fitting and picking them up!! Natalie was awesome.
- Mar. 29, 2024
Professional, on time appointment, thorough
- Mar. 15, 2024
Great place. Friendly and caring
- Feb. 26, 2024
Outstanding service, inventory, contacts and team members. Thank you
- Feb. 20, 2024
Great staff - always willing to make eyeglass adjustments for me and make sure I am satisfied before... leaving the store
- Feb. 14, 2024
Highly recommended, best place to get your prescription eyeglasses. Quick and right!
- Feb. 02, 2024
Really impressive customer service. The doc and the staff went out of their way to accommodate my n... eeds. Really appreciated.
- Jan. 27, 2024
Very friendly and professional!!
- Dec. 16, 2023
Great people who work there and I got my glasses earlier than expected ! I highly recommend
- Nov. 06, 2023
I went back to have some adjustments made on my new glasses with ease! They fit comfortably now and ... their service is efficient. Their staff members are very friendly and Nate is a very pleasant person.
- Oct. 27, 2023
20/20 Would highly recommend!
- Sep. 11, 2023
Can’t say enough good things ! I have a difficult prescription (extreme farsightedness) and Dr Sho... rt was very knowledgeable and thorough! The staff is fantastic ! I’ll never leave !
- Sep. 04, 2023
Friendly staff and bigger selection of frames. I love my glasses! Thank you guys ❤️
- Jul. 11, 2023
Great place! Quick appointment, fast turn around of glasses
- Apr. 26, 2023
Dr. Short is amazing and very thorough
- Apr. 12, 2023
Natalie was kind and very helpful with getting my sons rec specs

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Dry Eyes Treatment in Pittsburgh

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  • Tuesday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wednesday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thursday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Friday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Saturday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sunday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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