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Dry Eye Treatment in Kokomo

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 Preferred Eye Care - Kokomo 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 Kokomo 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 Kokomo

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Hours
  • Monday 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • Friday 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Davis Vision
  • EyeMed
  • Medicare
  • Spectera
  • Superior Vision
  • United Healthcare
  • VSP
Patient Reviews
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- Feb. 12, 2024
I was recommended by a family member and was not disappointed! The staff here are all so friendly an... d personable. They have a great knack for treating you like a friend while maintaining the highest level of professionalism. Dr. Burkhart really took the time to explain things in a way that was easy to understand and made sure all concerns were addressed. Also, they had a huge selection of frames to choose from!
- Dec. 29, 2023
Preferred Eyecare is amazing! The doctors are always friendly, efficient and knowledgeable. The offi... ce staff are all so helpful and kind.
- Nov. 09, 2023
Our family loves this office! Unlike other doctors offices, they all greet you with a smile. Dr. Ker... by is amazing with us adults and our daughter who started seeing him at 3 months old!
- Nov. 01, 2023
Best eye Dr in town!!
- Sep. 06, 2023
From walking in to visit to exit everyone is great and friendly
- Aug. 21, 2023
Great experience!
- Aug. 13, 2023
Dr Kerby and his staff are always courteous, caring and helpful. Dr Kerby thoroughly examines my ey... es and then explains what he finds. I'd highly recommend Preferred Eye Care!
- Aug. 08, 2023
Great doctor, my daughter has autism and he didn't get upset with her but instead tried to appeal to... her to get her attention for her exam.
- Jul. 27, 2023
I’m always treated kindly and the staff is very helpful and knowledgeable. I’m always happy with... my experience with this office.
- Jul. 14, 2023
Great experience each time we go. Both my kiddos got what they needed. Very knowledgeable staff
- Jul. 08, 2023
Great service from caring professionals
- Apr. 04, 2023
Best Eye care! Thank you so much!
- Mar. 08, 2023
Very accurate on glasses, takes the time to get the prescription right.
- Mar. 07, 2023
Everyone was really nice and helpful
- Mar. 05, 2023
Dr. Kerby is the best! He is easy to talk with and provides good explanations.
- Jan. 16, 2023
Great eye care!
- Jan. 14, 2023
Always friendly and professional.
- Dec. 14, 2022
Preferred Eye Care is a really good group of eye physicians. From the doctors to the staff, they are... a great group of people.
- Dec. 06, 2022
Professional and warm environment I never felt rushed and all questions were answered
- Nov. 30, 2022
Dr. Kerby and his staff are great! Everyone has always been kind, polite, and professional. Dr. Kerb... y has also gone out of his way multiple times to help my family and we truly appreciate it. Thank you!

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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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