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Dr Valerie Moates is our dry eye expert who has created a dry eye therapy that utilizes a combination of modern technology like meibography & holistic, non-invasive treatments to target the root of your ocular surface disease.

Do you have teary or watery eyes?
Burning, itchiness, or a sandy feeling around your eyelids?
Constantly rubbing them in the morning or after working on the computer?

You might have dry eye syndrome. Contact us for effective and lasting treatment.

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What Is Dry Eye Syndrome? (DES)


Our eyes need tears to nourish, sustain and lubricate our eyes. DES, which is usually caused by insufficient tears or poor quality tears, leaves our eyes parched. This results in a variety of unpleasant symptoms, such as itchy, red, and sore eyes.

Many people suffer from this chronic syndrome without realizing that it can permanently harm their eyes. Because this is a progressive condition, it is critical to get treatment before symptoms exacerbate to the point that it harms the cornea. Without treatment or proper medication, DES often worsens over time.

Learn About the Most Common Cause of Dry Eye

What Causes Dry Eyes?

While over eighty percent (80%) of dry eye cases are due to blocked oil glands in the eyelids — a condition called meibomian gland dysfunction or evaporative dry eye — many other factors can cause this syndrome. These include:

Gender – the majority of dry eye sufferers are women. This tends to be caused by hormonal changes, whether through the use of contraceptives, pregnancy or menopause.

Age there’s a higher prevalence of DES in those over 50 years of age

Environment – dry wind, dry air and dry climates can evaporate the tears. Home and car heaters, air conditioners, fans and hair dryers also cause tears to evaporate.

Medication – these include antidepressants, decongestants and blood pressure medications.

Auto-immune disorders – Sjogren’s disease and arthritis, among others.


Valerie L. Moates, OD


Do any of these symptoms seem familiar?

  • Gritty, itchy, or stinging eyes
  • Excessive tearing and discharge
  • Eyes that feel tired or dry
  • Increased light sensitivity
  • Regularly using eye drops
  • Discomfort that worsens as the day progresses

Suffering from dry eye syndrome not only diminishes your quality of life but also makes daily activities such as reading, doing sports, or driving a struggle.

Think you have dry eye syndrome? Get to the root of your eye discomfort by contacting us today.


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Our dry eye program works like therapy, where we aren't simply prescribing a quick medication, but rather we want to create an individualized solution for each patient. Prior to administering any treatment, we need to get to the root cause in order to offer the most adequate treatment possible.

Because of the variety of treatments that can help relieve dry eye symptoms, a dry eye examination is essential to know what treatment to start. For example, prescription drops like Restasis or Xiidra may help relieve inflammatory tear deficiency, while mild cases of dry eye can benefit from non-prescription treatments including heat masks, lid scrubs, gland debridement, artificial tears, or punctal plugs among others.

Common Questions About Our Dry Eye Evaluation | FAQ

Do you offer dry eye treatments on the same day of the evaluation?
Yes! You can also schedule a second visit for the dry eye treatment at a later date.

For my dry eye treatment, what do I need to do to prepare?
Make sure you come to us without any makeup. You can also take it off when you arrive. It’s also important that the day you undergo your dry eye treatment that you don’t go swimming or use any eyelid creams or ointments.

Do I need some to drive me for the dry eye treatment or can I come alone? You can drive yourself. Our dry eye treatments are holistic & non-invasive. You’ll feel great afterward!

Will it hurt? Are the treatments painful? Most dry eye treatments are considered painless by the manufacturers and our patients. Dr. Moates will discuss the treatment with you and what to expect.

What’s covered by my medical insurance?
Medicare, Medicaid, and many medical insurances will often cover the dry eye evaluation as long as you have paid off your deductible. Treatment costs will vary. Vision plans do not cover dry eye evaluations.

While nearly every eye doctor provides dry eye services, making the decision to find a dry eye professional that much more difficult, we encourage you to contact us for a phone consultation.

We’re happy to share with you information about our dry eye program, and the type of results we’ve provided other patients for significant lasting improvements within a relatively short period of time. Contact us to find out how we can help you relieve your dry eye symptoms and start managing your eye health successfully, today.

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