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Spotting the Signs of Dry Eye

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Understanding the Symptoms

Dry eye is a common condition that affects millions of people worldwide, and its symptoms can vary in severity. It's crucial to recognize the signs of dry eye early to seek appropriate treatment and improve your eye health and comfort.

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Common Symptoms to Look Out For

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Experiencing dry eye symptoms can greatly affect your daily life and overall health. These symptoms can disrupt your work, hobbies, and even your ability to carry out everyday tasks comfortably.

The constant discomfort and distraction caused by these symptoms can lower your productivity and overall quality of life. 

Here are common signs that may indicate dry eye syndrome:

  • Dryness:
    A persistent sensation of dryness, grittiness, or eye irritation.
  • Itching:
    Frequent itching or a burning sensation in and around the eyes.
  • Redness:
    Bloodshot or red eyes, often accompanied by discomfort.·
  • Excessive Tearing:
    Paradoxically, your eyes may produce more tears as a response to dryness, leading to watery eyes.
  • Blurry Vision:
    Vision may become temporarily blurred, particularly when reading or using digital screens.
  • Light Sensitivity:
    Increased sensitivity to light, known as photophobia.
  • Foreign Body Sensation:
    Feeling as though something is in your eye.
  • Eye Fatigue:
    Increased eye fatigue, especially during prolonged periods of reading, screen time, or other visually demanding tasks.

Ignoring dry eye symptoms can lead to worsening discomfort and potential complications. Chronic dry eye can damage the eye's surface and increase the risk of eye infections, scarring, and vision loss. Seeking professional guidance if you're experiencing any of these symptoms is crucial.


Dry Eye Diagnosis and Expert Care

When you choose Orlando Eyecare for your dry eye care, you benefit from our expertise in comprehensive diagnosis. We understand that your unique health history and lifestyle can affect your dry eye differently, which is why we practice personalized care tailored to you. Our approach includes:

  • In-Depth Eye Exams

    During a comprehensive eye exam, we evaluate your eyelids, eye surface, and your complete health history and lifestyle to identify potential underlying causes of dry eyes.

  • Tear Assessment

    We conduct a detailed assessment of your tears, measuring their volume and quality. This assessment helps us identify any deficiencies in tear quantity or quality, crucial factors in dry eye diagnosis.

  • Tear Breakup Time

    Using advanced techniques like tear breakup time measurement, we identify specific areas of your eyes where tears may evaporate more rapidly. This information aids in tailoring your treatment plan.

  • Specialized Dry Eye Test: Schirmer Test

    This test involves placing blotting test paper strips on the lower eyelids to measure tear production over a specific time. It helps determine the volume of tears your eyes produce.


Dry Eyes in Orlando

Our optometry practice in Orlando

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Hours
  • Monday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • Aetna
  • Avesis
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Davis Vision
  • EyeMed
  • Humana
  • Medicare Part B
  • Spectera
  • United Healthcare
  • VSP

Patient Reviews
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- May. 17, 2024
I could’ve been more welcoming by Dr Smith and his entire team! This is my new place for eye care ... services. You all rock!
- Dec. 21, 2023
Great attentive and knowledgeable Doctor and staff. They take the extra time needed even when busy. ... Thank you!
- Jul. 30, 2023
Thank you so much for taking me in last minute before my trip out of the country! The staff and Doct... or were very nice and professional. I came in as. New patient last minute and was treated like I had been there forever. Highly recommend!
- May. 25, 2023
I'm so happy with my glasses. Wow this was the best service I have received in years. I love my gl... asses. The entire location is so organized n clean! Thank you bunchezz to the Dr. N his team!
- Jul. 11, 2022
The whole staff is great. Feel family when I'm there.
- Apr. 27, 2022
I was in Orlando working & lost a nose pad off of my glasses. Dr Smith's office was the closest eye... care place so I went in without an appointment. I told the young lady at the counter what happened & she took my glasses & came back with 2 new nose pads & wouldn't let me pay her for them. Thank you so much, I wish I'd got the young ladies name but she's a keeper.
- Jan. 17, 2021
Fantastic staff and clean facilities. Dr. Smith is amazing with kids and adults alike. Highly recomm... ended for all eye care needs.
- Jul. 15, 2020
Amazing always 🙂
- Mar. 20, 2020
We Have been going to them for years. Love them, love the selection and love how friendly and help... ful they are. I get both glasses and contacts and always have been amazing. Prices are great, we have private insurance.
- Nov. 12, 2019
Growing up on Long Island, I'm more used to a family run business than a chain of stores. Finding Or... lando Eyecare was very surprising and refreshing. Everyone was so kind, courteous and professional. Very glad I found this place! I ended up staying an extra 20 mins just to chat with the staff about the family who ran the place for years. Like stepping back in time...in the best possible way! 5 stars all the way!!
- Jun. 08, 2019
I started going to Orlando Eye Care at least 25 years ago when then Dr. Devine was the doctor. I was... there as Dr. Smith started to do exams and Dr. Devine would be in the office and I saw the smooth transition. I never experienced any unprofessionalism. The personable care is absolutely wonderful. Dr. Smith and his quirky self made visits wonderful. The office staff was always amazing. I'm super thankful to know that such a place still exists in a world of so many changes. My insurance changed many times. I now have insurance that has Orlando Eye Care In-Network! Yaay! Thank you Dr. Smith, Mary, and Staff! C.Burke
- May. 22, 2019
I’ve been coming to Orlando Eye Care for 21 years. I have never had a bad experience. Everyone in ... the building is very personable and friendly.
- May. 14, 2019
Great experience, Dr. Smith and Mary are awesome, very friendly staff. Doesn't feel like a revolving... door chain store where they just try to get you in and out, feels like home. I will be back.
- Jul. 03, 2018
Although they were not able to repair my glasses (frames have been discontinued) their professionali... sm and courtesy were outstanding if it wasn't for the fact I was on vacation and not from the area they would become my primary care when it comes to eyesight
- Mar. 29, 2018
I have been a customer of Orlando Eyecare for serveral years and trust in Dr. R. Kirk Smith and his ... staff. They are through and quickly outfit you with not just a pair of glasses, but the right glasses that match you and your face. Lisa, makes you feel she is there just for you and the other staff works to insure you get the most for you dollar. I highly recommend their services!
- Sep. 28, 2017
Honestly, the best eye care staff I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. Sarah took care of me fro... m soup to nuts. Very patient with me and my very picky change of minds. Prices are VERY good and exceptionally reasonable. Highly recommended, but you should definitely make time to speak with Sarah. Might even want to bring her Starbucks when you show up! Works wonders with appointments!
- Aug. 22, 2017
Absolutely LOVE the Staff at Orlando Eye Care. Everybody is super friendly and knowledgeable. I woul... d never trust anybody else with my Eyes!
- May. 05, 2017
I LOVE coming here. They always have the cutest glasses and the best help! Getting new glasses is my... favorite day of the year because of them.
- Sep. 15, 2016
I regret the day that, due to Orlando Eyecare not being a member of the Humana (my new health care i... nsurer) network, I was unable to continue my 36 year association with Drs. Devine and Smith. The excellent personalized service, along with a caring office staff, fully met my needs over the many years, and I hope that one fine day I can once again benefit from your service, as I am totally dissatisfied with the alternatives that I have been forced to use. Michael Segre-Lewis Apopka
- Aug. 24, 2016
Been going there for years. Even though I moved to Clermont 2 years ago, I continue to make the tri... p to Orlando to see Dr. Smith and his staff.

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Consult Our Dry Eye Experts

At Orlando Eyecare, our experienced eye care specialists are ready to help you find relief from dry eye symptoms. We understand these symptoms' impact on your daily life and are committed to improving your eye health and comfort.

Contact us to schedule an appointment and discuss your dry eye symptoms. Let's work together to find the most suitable treatment and enhance your quality of life.

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