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Dry Eye Treatment in Colorado Springs

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 ABBA Eye Care - Woodmen 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 Colorado Springs 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 Colorado Springs

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Hours
  • Monday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
  • May. 27 Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Spectera
  • Medicaid
  • Anthem
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • EyeMed
  • Blue Cross
  • MetLife
Patient Reviews
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- May. 15, 2024
The staff was kind and able to get us in quickly for a same day appointment. Dr. Garwood was great ... with my 6 year old and made her feel comfortable. Dr. Garwood made she to answer all my questions and also made sure my daughter had a chance to ask any questions. Dr. Garwood was very kind and thorough.
- May. 11, 2024
Dr. Garwood at the Woodmen location is the best in the business. Thank you very much for proving sup... erb care and concern for continuation of my long term vision care.
- May. 10, 2024
I highly recommend ABBA Eye care. Our Dr. was thorough and took great care to answer all our questi... ons. My husband has dementia and they made him so comfortable. He loved his appt.
- Apr. 30, 2024
Kind and friendly staff. They work with you to give you the best options.
- Apr. 28, 2024
Good experience for both my husband and I.
- Apr. 24, 2024
Dr. Garwood is a total pro, but can let down and connect about matters other than the shape of your ... eyeball. Thomas took the baton pass from her and got me into a nice pair of Tom Ford's. Our time together wasn't just transactional, but interactional. It all felt nicely human, start to finish.
- Mar. 21, 2024
Dr Mia was everything!!!!! Love! Love! Love! She has incredible bedside manner, she's healthy, happy... and whole. She was compassionate and smart and I look forward to a follow up in three months!!!! Really great! Staff was really great also!!! Thank you ABBA, I care!
- Mar. 08, 2024
Friendly and knowledgeable staff that provided the newest state of the art methods in eye exams.
- Mar. 05, 2024
The Doctors and Staff are always Professional and Kind
- Feb. 27, 2024
Ms. Kerry Garwood is the best! She is so kind, relaxed, caring, and helpful. Thank you so much for e... verything you do. Thank you, too, to the ABBA Eyecare Team in general! 😌
- Feb. 09, 2024
Always the best care and I love going to see my Dr. Garwood
- Feb. 05, 2024
Great eye care and selection of frames
- Feb. 03, 2024
The whole staff made my first trip the eye doctor in years an enjoyable experience!
- Jan. 26, 2024
Besides being an excellent doctor, Dr.Kerry is just such a great person in general. She listens to m... y opinions, and answer all my questions. Always goes above and beyond. The staff is also very friendly attentive making sure that my needs are met.
- Jan. 20, 2024
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- Jan. 19, 2024
Best optometrist I have ever seen and truly a wonderful person. Dr Garwood is the best!
- Jan. 14, 2024
Nice people, professional medical staff, high quality eyewear.
- Jan. 08, 2024
It is still the best vision management experience in Colorado Springs.
- Dec. 26, 2023
Very professional. Quick turn around.
- Dec. 16, 2023
Best place in town for glasses. The staff and Dr. Heck are amazing!

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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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