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Dry Eye Treatment in Thornton

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 Best Eyecare Associates 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 Thornton 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 Thornton

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  • Monday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Tuesday 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Wednesday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Thursday 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Friday 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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Patient Reviews
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- Feb. 12, 2024
The staff at Best Eyecare is extremely friendly and welcoming. They always put their patients first.... Dr. Best is professional and able to answer my treatment questions. I’ve been a client for about four years and their care is consistent and top notch.
- Feb. 09, 2024
Service was exceptional. Appreciate everyone
- Feb. 09, 2024
I’ve been going the best eyecare for several years. I receive the best care, great consultation an... d they always take the time to ensure that I am taken care of. I recommend best eyecare to anyone who needs eye exam, glasses or follow ups!
- Feb. 03, 2024
I have been a patient for several years now. I always see the very best care, and the office is prof... essional, and well run!
- Feb. 02, 2024
We had a fantastic experience getting my 8 year old glasses. There was a large selection of kids gla... sses, much larger than lenscrafters. Then once she picked them out, the man was very kind and patient with her. He even remembered her name when we came back in to get them. I was very impressed by him and the business. I highly recommend!
- Dec. 12, 2023
Been seeing Dr. Best for my eyecare since I was pretty young, I appreciate her attentiveness and car... e. I've always been interested in optometry because of her. I love the selection that they offer. My eye care visits are normally the only doctor visits that I look forward to.
- Nov. 16, 2023
We have been so pleased with the care we’ve received at this office! Dr. Best is excellent and is... an exceptional provider for adults and children. Her staff is also great!
- Nov. 05, 2023
Love Best Eye Care. They are friendly, appointments are easy to get and I never have to wait. Dr. Be... st is great at what she does. It’s always nice to see the staff
- Oct. 24, 2023
Great staff to work with.
- Aug. 02, 2023
Great staff. They worked w me to help me find the best frames for my face.
- Jun. 03, 2023
Very professional. All employees are kind and do their jobs well. The exam was detailed.I feel they... are The Best!!!
- Apr. 12, 2023
I had a great experience at Best Eyecare. They were prompt, friendly and explained the entire proces... s as we went.
- Mar. 16, 2023
They were the Best! My 4 year old son took a book to the eye and had a cornea abrasion. He was so un... comfortable. I called, they were abel to get him in immediately to be seen. They ended up being out of network, but I decided to go ahead and pay out of pocket. They tried very hard to find someone in network for us, but it was already 4pm and we had zero luck trying to find someone willing to take on a 4 year old at 4pm, even though it was an emergency. She went ahead and helped my son in her office. I was very grateful as he was uncomfortable and I didn't know where else I would go. Thank you for helping me take care of my son!
- Mar. 02, 2023
Everyone was so kind and professional. I am so happy I found Best Eye Care.
- Feb. 01, 2023
I recommend this place to everyone!
- Jan. 03, 2023
I love Dr. Best and her entire staff. They're thorough and very kind. I've been going for several ... years now . I wouldn't want to go anywhere else.
- Dec. 08, 2022
Very professional and very accommodating people
- Nov. 01, 2022
This office is wonderful from the kind professional first call though the exam to check out. This p... lace strikes the balance between warm and professional perfectly. I will be back.
- Oct. 11, 2022
Dr. Best performed an excellent eye exam, probably one of the best I've ever had. Dr Best and her ... staff answered all my questions very well. I would recommend this practice if I have the opportunity.
- Oct. 06, 2022
They’re very professional people, I like the variety of glasses they have there. I’ll continue g... oing there, I am happy with them.

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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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