Dry Eye Treatment

Having itchy or dry eyes is a very common ailment. However, dry eyes can lead to serious vision and health problems. Dry eye disease is a common eye infection that occurs when inadequate eye lubrication occurs. Tears play a vital role when it comes to eye lubrication. If your eyes don’t produce enough tears, your eyes can become inflamed and damaged.

Dry eyes can be very uncomfortable. It is important to get your eyes checked right away if you are experiencing eye pain. At Richards & Wegener, Optometrists, we offer a variety of eye and vision care services, including treatment for dry eyes. Located in Liberty, MO, our team of experts can make sure your eye health is at its best.


Causes of Dry Eye

Dry eye occurs when your eyes do not produce enough tears and are not properly lubricated. This condition is most common in the elderly. As people age, their production of tears tends to decrease due to tear film dysfunction. Many things can disrupt tear film. 

In the tear film, there are three layers: the top layer of oils, the middle layer of aqueous fluid, and the bottom layer of mucus. The three layers keep the surface of your eyes lubricated, clean, and smooth. Dry eye is caused when any one of these layers are damaged. 

Tear film dysfunction may result from hormone changes, allergies, nutritional changes, medications, and inflamed eyelid glands.

Symptoms of Dry Eye

There are many signs of dry eyes. When you notice any of these signs or symptoms, it is important to get an eye exam right away. The symptoms of dry eye include:

  • Stringy mucus in or around your eyes
  • High sensitivity to bright light
  • Eye redness
  • Feeling like something is in your eyes
  • Itchy eyes
  • Difficulty reading roads signs
  • Difficulty wearing contact lenses
  • Difficulty seeing at nighttime
  • Watery eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Eye fatigue

Visit Our Optometrists

While dry eye can lead to serious vision problems, it can also be easily treated. Staying on top of your eye health can prevent your symptoms from worsening. Prolonged signs and symptoms of dry eyes can lead to permanent eye damage. If you experience continuous symptoms of dry eye, visit our optometrists right away.

At Richards & Wegener, Optometrists in Liberty, MO, we can diagnose and treat your condition. Many times, prescription eye drops can solve your problem. We provide treatment options for a variety of other eye conditions as well. We offer eye exams, contact lens and glasses prescriptions, glaucoma testing, and pre- and post-operative eye care. Our team is happy to answer any questions you may have about your eye health. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call us today.



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Reviews From Our Satisfied Patients

  • "I had such a great experience today! It was hands down the most personable and informational eye exam I have ever had and I have been wearing glasses nearly my entire life! Highly recommend!"
  • "Dr. Wegener was so great with my daughter! She had a previous experience at another optometrist's office that left her feeling pretty scared about eye exams. Dr. Wegener was patient, explained everything in detail, completed her exam without any surprises or scares, and was very encouraging when she was picking out frames. She left with a huge smile on her face, excited to start wearing glasses. Will definitely be bringing the rest of the family! Thanks, Dr. Wegener!"
  • "It was an amazing experience and they explained everything very well. Everyone made me feel super comfortable and made sure I understood what they were explaining to me. Will definitely refer everyone I know to them and I am definitely making this my permanent eye doctor office."
  • "Doctor Wegener goes above and beyond for his patients. I can't say enough good things about him. He responds extremely quickly even after hours through their Facebook page and even met us after hours for an emergency. I refer everyone I know to him."
  • "Recently visited Dr. Wegener for our 7 year old son. We had a great experience! Dr Wegener was patient with our son's wiggles, but communicated clearly with him, in order to get a thorough exam. Dr. Wegener took care to fit our son's glasses well, which doesn't always happen at larger eyewear stores. I also appreciated all the education Dr Wegener provided. Ashley, the receptionist, is friendly and helpful, and the entire office is calm and welcoming."
    Amy H.
  • "I can't say enough great things about Doctor Wegener. He fit my son in short notice for an eye issue and met my husband on a day the office was closed for what we considered an emergency. He's incredibly kind and cares about his patients. I will recommend him to everyone"
    Joleen J.
  • "Dr. Wegener and his staff are amazing. We saw him for a second opinion and couldn't have been happier with our experience. He was extremely thorough and really got to the root of the problem. We have loved every aspect of our care and will definitely be regular patients from now on."
    Christine M.
  • "Staff is so friendly & helpful and there is a calm feel to the office which is so nice. You don't feel like you're in a cattle call waiting for your number. Dr. Wegener equally brings a relaxed, calm, yet thorough and knowledgeable experience. He is the first in all my years of eye exams and eyewear fittings who took the time to actually educate me on my eyes and care for them. You get a personal feel and know you've been heard.

    For those who avoid making phone calls to another human being for appointments - fear not! You can use messenger or texts to talk to them!

    Great experience, highly recommend!"
    Heather O.