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Dry Eye Treatment in Tucson

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 Affinity Eye Care - North Office 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 Tucson 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 Tucson

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Hours
  • Monday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Tuesday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Wednesday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Friday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Saturday 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Spectera
  • Superior Vision
  • Davis Vision
  • EyeMed
  • Avesis
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
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Patient Reviews
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- Feb. 22, 2024
Staff was very efficient. Dr. Murphy was very thorough with my exam. He took his time to address any... issues I had. I highly recommend this practice.
- Feb. 06, 2024
Went for my annual eye exam yesterday and saw Dr. Bobbit and she was fantastic! Very thorough, profe... ssional and so kind. Highly recommend! Since my prescription changed a slight bit I went right over to optical and saw Shannon who always helps me find the perfect glasses. The sweetest person and so patient with someone like me who has a very hard time making a decision. She’s the best!
- Jan. 30, 2024
Great Office, great people, and great doctor!! Not one issue!!! Exam was thorough.
- Jan. 26, 2024
Dr Murphy and his staff have been great to use for my optometry. Friendly and very good at what they... do.
- Jan. 20, 2024
The staff was very helpful and considerate of my needs. They made my visit feel important and not ru... shed.
- Jan. 14, 2024
I wouldn’t trust my eyes with anyone else
- Jan. 05, 2024
Very efficient!
- Dec. 29, 2023
Extremely personable and helpful to find what works for your needs and wants. Love this office!
- Nov. 20, 2023
Excellent service and friendly staff.
- Nov. 15, 2023
Prompt and friendly service.
- Nov. 04, 2023
Easy scheduling and excellent service from Dr. Bobbitt.
- Nov. 03, 2023
Great service and assistance with health care coverage
- Oct. 25, 2023
Good place to get eye exam and glasses.
- Sep. 26, 2023
Great doctors, great staff, and always willing to help with any eyeglass issue.
- Sep. 22, 2023
Friendly, professional, prompt. Explained what they were doing, the results & what is next.
- Sep. 14, 2023
The staff is wonderful, helpful and friendly and Dr. Murphy is great to work with!!
- Sep. 12, 2023
Been a patient for several years, this visit the best ever - from entry at front office, to initial ... exam, then meeting new doctor, and the optical center at back, all handled very well. Bravo.
- Jul. 05, 2023
Friendly up beat attitude with quality care. Dr Murphy was great!
- Jun. 14, 2023
(Translated by Google) Excellent atention (Original) Muy buena atención
- May. 23, 2023
Great service!

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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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