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Dry Eye Treatment

Even without knowing the term “dry eye” or “Dry Eye Syndrome“, if you suffer from it, then you are all too familiar with the soreness, discomfort, and even the constant misery that can come with dry eyes.

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Fortunately, there are Dry Eye professionals seeking to bring relief and healing from Dry Eyes in its many forms to patients from the state of Missouri. With Dr. Schmitz and Dr. Lueckenhoff at the helm, The Overland Optical Family Eye Care Dry Eye Center specializes in treating the entire range of Dry Eye Syndrome, from mild to severe. Whether it’s an occasional irritant or a debilitating daily problem, we’re here to help.

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Advanced Diagnostic Equipment And Tools
For Dry Eye


The Overland Optical Family Eye Care Dry Eye Center uses the most advanced diagnostic equipment and tools to quickly and accurately pinpoint the cause and type of dry eye problem you’re suffering from. We don’t just throw any old drops at you either.

We provide custom treatment plans designed to maximize the relief of your dry eye symptoms AND treat the underlying cause of your discomfort.

What Is Dry Eye?


Dry Eye Syndrome can range from a mild irritant to chronic problem. The symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome may include:

  • Dry, irritated, or red eyes
  • Excessive tearing/watery eyes
  • Inflammation
  • Sore or sensitive eyes
  • Itchiness
  • Burning or inflammation
  • A gritty or pasty feeling in the eyelids
  • Crusty or gunky eyes
  • Blurriness

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What Causes Dry Eye?


Dry eyes, or, Dry Eye Syndrome, is a complex condition that can have multiple causes but tends to share common symptoms. Dr. Schmitz and Dr. Lueckenhoff will use the latest technology to assess the cause of your dry eye symptoms, in order to provide the best possible care.

  • Poor Tear Quality
  • Meibomian Gland Disorder
  • Blepharitis
  • Poor Tear Volume
  • Age, Gender & Dry Eye
  • Environmental Factors & Irritants
  • Contact Lenses & Dry Eye
  • Medical Conditions
  • Lifestyle & Dry Eyes
  • Medications & Dry Eye

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How Can I Improve My Lifestyle To Prevent And Treat Dry Eye Syndrome?


There are many ways to treat dry eye. The first recommendation is to prevent dry eye symptoms before they start and to address lifestyle factors that may be making it worse.

Blink a lot and drink a lot. Avoid eye irritants, use lubricating eye drops if you are taking medication that puts you at risk for dry eye. Over the counter eye drops for dry eye are widely available. Maintain a healthy lifestyle with a focus on vitamins like Omega 3.

20/20/20 Rule

One of the most common treatments we recommend is simple. Just BLINK! Blink regularly. Good, hard, fully closed blinks help restore the tear film.

The 20-20-20 Rule! During prolonged computer or digital device use, take 20 seconds, every 20 minutes, to look at an object at a distance of at least 20 feet away. This gives your eyes a needed rest.

Keep Hydrated

Drink adequately. Women need at least 91 oz. of water a day. Men need even more. Poor intake of water directly contributes to a poor supply of tears, especially in hot and dry conditions.

Diet and Omega 3

A healthy diet is always essential for maintaining optimal health. Omega 3 fatty acids have been conclusively shown to help maintain good vision and eye health, as well as decrease dry eyes symptoms.

Fish and flax are good natural sources of Omega 3 fatty acids, also available in tablet/supplement form. There are even formulations specific for dry eyes. These usually consist of Omega 3 with DHA from flaxseed oil and includes vitamin C, vitamin E, Vitamin B6, magnesium, and a variety of other vitamins specifically geared toward patients with dry eyes. Our Dry Eye doctor can recommend one or more of these for your specific needs.

How Is Dry Eye Treated?


  • Custom Treatment
  • Artificial Tears
  • Punctal Plugs
  • Hot Compresses
  • Amniotic Membrane
  • Prescription Eye Drops
  • Restasis vs. Xiidra
  • Scleral Lenses
  • Allergan True Tears
  • BlephEx For Blepharitis
  • LipiFlow
  • TearCare

If you’re seeking relief for your dry eyes, Dr. Schmitz and Dr. Lueckenhoff can help. Overland Optical Family Eye Care Dry Eye Center services patients from St. Louis and St. Charles, Maryland Heights, St. Peter, Florissant, and throughout Missouri.

Serving Dry Eye Patients from:

St. Louis and St. Charles | Maryland Heights | St. Peter | Florissant | and the state of Missouri

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