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Dry Eye Treatment in Shadyside

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 Eyetique - Shadyside 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 Shadyside 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.


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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

Patient Reviews
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- Apr. 08, 2024
Great experience; explained the whole process, how my insurance works and even offer the brands I pr... efer in eyewear.
- Mar. 23, 2024
What a really wonderful experience. Everyone from Tiffany, Carly, Dr Crawford and especially Libby w... ere so wonderful and nice. And what I really appreciated was they made excellent suggestions that prevented me from picking glasses that would make me look like a complete and total moron. Honestly the process was really quick and smooth and everybody was so friendly and nice that it just made for a pleasant experience. Everyone was passionate and knowledgeable. If I had questions they were thoroughly answered. Carly who does that annoying puff thing in the eye was really super funny and just generally made me feel comfortable and relaxed. Dr Crawford took a few extra minutes to explain something to my I'd always wondered and I just really appreciated her kindness and her knowledge. Libby should just do this professionally like become one of those $10,000 a session people that help you pick the right glasses. Basically after piling through a whole crapload of different frames we ended up picking the ones that she recommended. I cannot recommend them all enough. It was a really nice experience.
- Mar. 21, 2024
on time and helpful
- Feb. 15, 2024
The staff was friendly and helpful and very knowledgeable about their products.
- Feb. 01, 2024
The absolute best place for an exam or purchase.
- Jan. 30, 2024
I was having some difficulty with my new progressive lenses, which was odd for me because that is no... t typically a struggle. I stopped in, they made a quick adjustment, and it worked like magic. What’s more…I don’t think you can beat their selection of frames anywhere. Highly recommend the Shadyside location!
- Jan. 24, 2024
Welcoming staff all around, made me have a great first visit. I usually dread the interaction with m... y eye doctor but here I’m looking forward to it.
- Jan. 21, 2024
Dr marla she was awesome very nice and compassionate staff is great and they accept vba benefits! I ... got oakley frames and trivex lenses all the options and i could not be happier would recommend to friends and family
- Jan. 21, 2024
Awesome Staff!!!👍🏾💪🏾😀😀
- Dec. 11, 2023
Great eye care and test!
- Aug. 09, 2023
Great selection of glasses! Great eye doctor! Very friendly and helpful staff! Love the renovations!...
- May. 31, 2023
Loved the atmosphere.
- May. 11, 2023
Very competent and caring physician and staff....easy to be a patient there......
- Apr. 28, 2023
I was genuinely impressed with everyone at eyetique. The staff was super friendly and accommodating.... Dr. Crawford was kind and explained everything very clearly and answered all our questions. The eye exam felt like it was very thorough. And at the end, we didn’t feel pressured to buy our frames from the location. We’ll definitely be coming back here.
- Apr. 27, 2023
I received the best customer service from Kylie - she is knowledgeable and professional, and very ea... sy to talk to. I have no problem recommending Kylie and the Shadyside store to my family and friends for all of their eye care needs.
- Mar. 29, 2023
kudos to Annette for having a good eye
- Feb. 13, 2023
I know folks'll say this place is pricey but we've never had a bad experience here. From the selecti... on to the friendly and always helpful staff (and the well-stocked candy dish), and most importantly, the quality of eye care, this place has been our go-to for glasses and exams.
- Jan. 20, 2023
Tonya is amazing! She went above and beyond to understand our needs and provide us with great pricin... g. Made our experience there an exceptional one!!
- Jan. 17, 2023
They were extremely nice to me, would definitely go back
- Jan. 02, 2023
Definitely the best experience I’ve had with an eye exam & getting contacts! Everyone was so kind ... & the process was quick and easy. I highly recommend the Shadyside location.

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Dry Eyes Treatment in Shadyside

Our optometry practice in Shadyside

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Hours
  • Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sunday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Spectera
  • Medicaid
  • Anthem
  • National Vision Administration (NVA)
  • EyeMed
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross
  • VBA
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

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