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Dry Eye Treatment in Hopkinton

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 Hopkinton Eye Associates 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 Hopkinton 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 Hopkinton

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Hours
  • Monday 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
    1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
    1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
    1:30 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
    1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
    1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • EyeMed
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Patient Reviews
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- Feb. 13, 2024
Dr. Emily Pilotte was absolutely amazing! Addressed all my concerns, took so much time, went above a... nd beyond! I will be back with family and friends!
- Jan. 31, 2024
Everyone is friendly, professional and skilled.
- Jan. 30, 2024
Very thorough, helpful, answered my questions & concerns, and have a beautiful selection of frames!
- Jan. 19, 2024
Dr. Suzanne Rosenberg and staff (Stephen and the two office staff behind the desk) provided a high l... evel degree of customer experience. The overall positive attitude and the eagerness to help the clients create a warm and welcoming environment.
- Jan. 16, 2024
Hopkinton Eye Associates is such a great place to get an eye exam and glasses. Everyone is professio... nal and pleasant. My husband and I have been coming here ever since we moved to Milford.
- Jan. 10, 2024
Office staff and very friendly, Dr. Straube is thorough and takes the time to explain everything and... review the results of testing with you at your appointment. Always taken into my appointment very timely, never waiting. Finally an office who appreciates “your” time.
- Nov. 23, 2023
Very comfortable and professional atmosphere
- Nov. 22, 2023
Very professional and caring office the doctor and staff are extremely helpful
- Nov. 12, 2023
Dr straube was wonderful with my daughter who needed her first pair of glasses. So patient and thoro... ugh.The opticians there are top notch. Jacqueline and Steve gave great recommendations. The children’s selection was also great. She liked so many we decided to get 2 pairs and she was even more excited when they only took three days to come in! Highly recommend everyone at Hopkinton Eye. My family and I will definitely be back!!
- Nov. 10, 2023
Very helpful and friendly.
- Nov. 08, 2023
Very professional and always courteous.
- Nov. 07, 2023
I have had experiences with each doctor (Dr. Rosenburg, Dr. Straube, and Dr. Pilotte). They were all... super friendly and thorough with my testing. Being in the medical field myself, I usually have some questions to understand more about the tests, photos, results, etc. No matter who I have for my appointment, the doctors really take the time to explain their responses, which I really appreciate as it helps me gain understanding of my health. Additionally, the women at the front desk are always so nice and helpful. They remember me and genuinely care about how I'm doing. This adds a more 'human' aspect to the healthcare system which can often feel purely transactional. It feels like they truly care about me, and it's evident that they continuously strive for the best possible outcome. I would absolutely recommend Hopkinton Eye Associates to anyone searching for an eye doctor.
- Oct. 29, 2023
Dr. Straube is amazing! She is very knowledgeable and takes the time to explain things carefully and... show that she cares.
- Oct. 20, 2023
Helpful and kind staff! Been a pleasant experience every time we’ve been in.
- Sep. 16, 2023
Amazing sales professionals
- Sep. 10, 2023
The best of the best!!! Highly recommended!
- Sep. 06, 2023
My wife and I had an excellent customer experience and highly recommended Eye Associates.
- Aug. 19, 2023
Responsive, accurate diagnosis, friendly staff, convenient location.
- Jul. 20, 2023
Dr. Rosenberg was great and the staff was very friendly and helpful. I would highly recommend.
- Jul. 13, 2023
I love coming here! Great people who are very dedicated, conscientious, and provide really high-qual... ity care. Nick was superb and Dr. Straube was superb.

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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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