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Dry Eye Treatment in Menomonie

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 Kivlin Eye Clinic 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 Menomonie 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 Menomonie

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Hours
  • Monday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
  • Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Spectera
  • Superior Vision
  • Davis Vision
  • EyeMed
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Patient Reviews
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- May. 13, 2024
I love my experience every time I go to Kivlin Eye Clinic!! The last time I was there a couple emplo... yees helped me pick out my new glasses, they gave me their honest opinions to pick out the best pair that looked great!!
- Mar. 15, 2024
Staff is always pleasant and helpful.
- Jan. 16, 2024
Very helpful in finding the right fit for your needs.
- Jan. 01, 2024
Very kind and considerate staff. Would definitely recommend this eye clinic to everyone!
- Dec. 08, 2023
A great team that provides top notch eye care.
- Oct. 07, 2023
Kind and caring, top notch
- Sep. 28, 2023
I’ve gone to Kivlin Eye Clinic for many years and have never been disappointed with the services I... ’ve received there. It’s a great place to go!
- Aug. 30, 2023
My vision needs have been met by Kivlen foe 40+ years.
- Aug. 29, 2023
Staff is great. I been going for couple years now there always friendly and Courteous
- Jul. 11, 2023
Professional, friendly staff! My family is always well taken care of when going in for a visit!
- May. 05, 2023
Always a pleasure to go there. Very personable and professional.
- Apr. 24, 2023
Always have felt well taken care of here.
- Mar. 27, 2023
I always enjoy my visits!
- Jan. 27, 2023
Always enjoy the service I get at Kivlin and a great staff.
- Dec. 12, 2022
Always excellent customer service!
- Dec. 02, 2022
Always a very friendly staff. Dr. Kivlin is great to work with. He treats his patients very well. A ... big thank you to Chris for getting me in a little early so I could go to another appointment that day. You can't go wrong with these people. Thanks again.
- Nov. 29, 2022
Best eye doctors that I have ever been seen by .
- Nov. 24, 2022
Excellent service from start to finish with friendly, accommodating scheduling, greeted with a big s... mile and helpful front desk; doctor and assistant were thorough, informative & friendly. The eye glass fitting and service were exceptional with Cassandra; she was friendly and knowledgeable. Can't wait to receive my new computer and everyday wear glasses!
- Nov. 15, 2022
Very professional, knowledgeable, personable, and helpful. I highly recommend!
- Nov. 09, 2022
Great people! They stand behind there eyewear!

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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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