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The Best Foods for Your Eyes

We all know that eating nutrient-rich foods, drinking plenty of water, and exercising can boost our health. So it’s no surprise that these same activities also support eye health. Research has shown that regularly consuming certain vitamins and nutrients can actually prevent or delay sight-threatening eye conditions and diseases such as macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma. 

Here’s a list of the best vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that can help keep your eyes healthy for a lifetime. 

We invite you to consult with our eye doctor, Dr. Kerry Holt, to discuss which nutrients are most suited to your specific eye health and needs. 

Vitamins and Nutrients That Support Eye Health

*Always best to speak with your primary care doctor before taking any vitamins or supplements, and to ensure you consume the correct dosage for your body.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A deficiency can cause a host of eye health issues, including dry eyes and night blindness. In fact, vitamin A deficiency is a leading cause of blindness worldwide.

Vitamins A and A1, which are essential for supporting the eye’s photoreceptors (the light-sensing cells) in the retina, can be found in foods like carrots, leafy greens, egg yolks, liver, and fish. 

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Eating Omega-3 rich foods like fatty fish can support eye health in a few ways. DHA and EPA, 2 different types of Omega-3 fatty acids, have been shown to improve retinal function and visual development.  

Omega-3 supplements can also ease dry eye symptoms. A randomized controlled study found that people who consumed Omega-3 supplements experienced improved tear quality, which resulted in reduced tear evaporation and increased eye comfort.  

Lutein and Zeaxanthin

Lutein and zeaxanthin are antioxidants that accumulate in the lens and retina and help filter out damaging UV rays and blue light. One study showed that individuals who had the highest levels of these nutrients in their diets had a 43% lower chance of developing macular degeneration than those who had consumed the least amount.  

Spinach, egg yolks, sweet corn, and red grapes are some of the foods that contain high levels of lutein and zeaxanthin. 

Vitamin C 

High amounts of vitamin C can be found in the aqueous humor of the eye, the liquid that fills the eye’s anterior chamber and supports corneal integrity. This has prompted scientists to consider this vitamin’s role in protecting eye health. 

Research suggests that regularly taking vitamin C (along with other essential vitamins and minerals) can lower the risk of developing cataracts, and slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration and visual acuity loss.

While vitamin C appears to support eye health in a variety of ways, it’s still unclear whether taking this supplement benefits those who aren’t deficient. Vitamin C can be found in various fruits and vegetables, like bell peppers, tomatoes, citrus fruits, broccoli, and kale. 

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps protect fatty acids from becoming oxidized. Because the retina has a high concentration of fatty acids, sufficient vitamin E intake is crucial for optimal ocular health. 

Vitamin E can be found in almonds, flaxseed oil, and sunflower seeds. 

Zinc

Healthy eyes naturally contain high levels of zinc. A zinc deficiency can cause night blindness, and thus increasing zinc intake can improve night vision. Zinc also helps absorb Vitamin A, an essential antioxidant. 

Make sure to avoid taking high doses of zinc (beyond 100 mg daily) without first consulting your eye doctor. Higher doses of zinc have been associated with side effects such as reduced immune function. You can increase your zinc intake naturally by consuming more oysters, meat, and peanuts. 

Phytochemical Antioxidants

Phytochemical antioxidants are chemicals produced by plants that contain several health benefits. Some studies show that these plant-based chemicals may enhance vision and eye health as well as prevent age-related eye diseases and complications by alleviating ocular oxidative stress. Oxidative stress within the eyes contributes to several eye conditions, including  dry eye syndrome. Consuming more produce with these antioxidants can help balance the anti-oxidant and pro-oxidant system, resulting in healthier eyes. 

Personalized Eye Nutrition 

If you or someone you know is looking for ways to boost or maintain eye health, speak with an optometrist near you about what supplements and vitamins are best for you. For an eye doctor in El Paso, give us a call at 915-213-7231.

 

Your Eyes Are the Windows to Your Health

Your eyes aren’t just the windows to your soul — they can also reveal valuable information about your general health beyond whether you need glasses, including: diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer. It is not unusual for people to come in for an eye exam just to check their eyesight and then have certain health issues or predispositions picked up by the optometrist. 

Eye Exams and Your Health

Eye examinations can help doctors detect general health conditions early enough to intervene. Advanced screenings enable eye doctors to better predict cardiovascular incidents like stroke, and possibly detect signs of mental changes such as Alzheimer’s. Read below to learn how eye exams can unveil a whole lot more than just eye health.

Brain Cancer & Stroke

Because of the similarities between the blood vessels in the eye and brain, an eye doctor can occasionally detect an issue taking place in the brain by examining the blood vessels in the eyes. If swelling or shadows in the eye is observed, it may indicate a serious condition in the brain, like a tumor, or clots that might result in a stroke.

Diabetes

Diabetes can cause damage to the blood vessels in the retina at the back of the eye, resulting in Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) and Diabetic Macular Edema (DME). If an optometrist detects leaky blood vessels in the eye, the patient would be advised to see a doctor to help control their blood sugar. Changes are gradual, and they start before visual symptoms are noticed. The earlier diabetic eye disease is managed, the better the chances are of preserving eyesight. 

Hypertension

High blood pressure, characterized by having too much pressure in the blood vessels, can be detected during an eye exam, sometimes even before it’s diagnosed by your regular doctor. The damaged blood vessels lead to swelling, hemorrhages, and leaking — all of which can be observed in the eyes. According to the CDC, hypertension “the silent killer” affects nearly 1 in 3 adults, and up to a whopping 20% of those don’t even know they have it. So early detection at an eye doctor’s evaluation can be truly life-saving.

High Cholesterol 

Eye exams can also detect a buildup of cholesterol. High cholesterol is among the easiest conditions to spot during a complete eye exam, as the cholesterol deposits manifest on the front of the eye, appearing as a thin, gray rim around the cornea. It can also be detected in the retina by assessing artery and vein patterns.

These deposits may indicate the current or future development of Retinal Blood Vessel Occlusion, a condition where blockages restrict blood flow to the back of the eye, causing temporary or permanent vision loss. 

Heart Conditions

In some cases, heart conditions associated with a buildup of plaque in the carotid artery in the heart can also lead to deposits that clog the ocular arteries in the eye. If an optometrist detects such changes to the vascular structure at the back of the eye, he or she will typically recommend going to a specialist.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Sudden vision loss may be attributed to Multiple Sclerosis (MS). While the optometrist can recognize signs indicating the presence of MS, such as the color and appearance of the optic nerve, such cases will be referred for further testing to confirm the diagnosis.

Thyroid

Thyroid disease can make itself apparent through the eyes in several ways. The thyroid gland controls the hormones that regulate tear production so some thyroid disorders can cause dry eye disease. Additionally, overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) can make the extraocular muscles enlarge and stiffen, causing bulging eyes — an indicator of Graves’ disease. 

Inflammation

Systemic conditions that are associated with inflammation in the body can have an inflammatory effect on the eyes. Uveitis, for example, causes eye inflammation, redness, and blurred vision, and tends to occur in people with lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and other autoimmune diseases. 

Cancer

Breast cancer, leukemia, and other metastatic cancers are occasionally discovered during an eye evaluation. In addition to brain cancer mentioned above, melanoma and basal cell carcinoma (skin cancer) can be detected, and eye doctors can also diagnose lymphoma and other eye tumors. Eye exams save lives.

What the Future Holds 

Alzheimer’s 

Recent studies show that a non-invasive and precise imaging device called Octa (optical coherence tomography angiography) can signal the presence of eye changes associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Because the retina is in many ways an extension of the brain, the altered blood vessels at the back of the eye offer a glimpse into the changes taking place within the brain.

Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s Disease can often be misdiagnosed as its early symptoms are characteristic of other conditions. Research has shown that subtle eye tremors, an early Parkinson’s marker, could be detectable using advanced eye exam technology. One day soon, practitioners may send patients to an eye doctor to test for this and other diseases.

Your Eye Doctor’s Appointment Could Change Your Life

So the next time you visit Dr. Kerry Holt at Eyeland Vision in El Paso, remember that a comprehensive eye exam can do more than determine your eyeglasses or contacts prescription. Dr. Kerry Holt can evaluate your eyes for existing or potential health issues, and communicate them to your primary care physician for the best possible care. By knowing that you’re at risk for a certain disease, you can take precautions early on and manage the condition as needed. After all, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Referral Request form – Dry eye treatment

Referral Request form - Dry eye treatment

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • The above mentioned patient has presented the following condition(s);

    • H40.013; Dry eye syndrome of bilateral lacrimal glands
    • H16.223; Keratoconjunctivitis sicca, not specified as Sjogren's, bilateral

    Requesting referral for additional testing due to medical findings that require further treatment. Below is a list of procedures that will need to be performed.

    • 68761 Punctal plugs
    • 83516 InflammaDry
    • 83861 TearLab Osmolarity Microfluidic Analysis Utilizing an Integrated
    • 65778 Prokera Graft

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Are Your Contact Lenses Causing Dry Eye?

Among the more frequent complaints, eye doctors receive from patients is that their contact lenses are making their eyes dry. While dry eye syndrome (DES) is very common among both contact lens wearers and non-wearers alike, the symptoms can be more severe and uncomfortable if you wear contact lenses. Typically, DES symptoms include irritated, red and itchy eyes.

The best way to deal with contact lens-induced dry eye syndrome is to visit Dry Eye Expert, Dr. Kerry Holt, so we can determine exactly why your eyes are dry and provide ways to increase your comfort while wearing contact lenses.

What Is Contact Lens-Induced Dry Eye?

The cornea, the front of your eye, is the only area of your body that receives oxygen directly from the air. One reason contact lens wearers are predisposed to dry eyes is because the contact lens on your cornea can partially block oxygen from entering the eye. Although many contact lenses are designed to allow larger amounts of oxygen to permeate the eye, wearers can still experience dry, gritty eyes, especially towards the end of the day.

Another cause of contact lens-induced dry eye is the lenses’ absorption of tears. Lenses need liquid to stay soft and maintain their shape and integrity.

This is known as contact lens-induced dry eye.

In a healthy eye, tears allow the contact lens to comfortably swim in the tear film above the cornea. A shortage of lacrimal fluid can lead to gaps in the tear film, causing the contact lens to irritate the surface of the eye. That, in turn, causes pain, redness and itchiness.

This effect can be further exacerbated if the lenses are low in quality or are poorly fitted to the eye. Such contacts absorb too much liquid from the tear film, causing the eye to lose vital moisture. This can also occur when traditional soft lenses are worn for an extended period of time.

Getting Relief for Contact-Lens Induced Dry Eye

The following can provide relief from contact lens-related dry eye.

  • Eye drops – Be sure to get eye drops that can be applied safely with contact lenses to reduce discomfort and refresh eyes. If, for any reason, the over-the-counter eye drops aren’t working, consult Dry Eye Expert, Dr. Kerry Holt, who can provide more effective treatment options.
  • Eye vitamins – Certain vitamins, taken orally, can increase the amount of nutrients your eyes receive. This not only improves eye health, but also increases contact lens comfort. The best eye vitamins and supplements include lutein, zeaxanthin, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Omega-3.
  • Silicone hydrogel contact lenses – These lenses are made from the most innovative contact lens material available on the market. They are extremely breathable because they permit up to 5 times more oxygen to reach the eye than older-generation contact lenses. This allows them to be worn over a long period of time. They reduce dryness and boost comfort.
  • Low water content contact lenses It is a common misconception that the higher the water content, the more comfortable the contact lens. For certain wearers, particularly those suffering from dry eyes, it can have the inverse effect. High water contact lenses allow more oxygen to flow to the cornea but over time, as they lose liquid, they draw it from the tear film, thus exacerbating dry eye symptoms.
  • Daily disposable contact lenses – Also called dailies, these single-day contact lenses are a great option for dry eye sufferers. This is because protein deposits don’t have the time to build-up and cause discomfort, and lenses don’t dry out as a result of improper cleaning routines.
  • Scleral lenses – These large-diameter rigid gas permeable (GP) lenses vault over the entire corneal surface, ensuring that the front surface of the eyes don’t dry out. The liquid reservoir between the lenses and the cornea provides a continuous moist environment that protects the cornea and provides relief for those with dry eyes.
  • Orthokeratology – Would you like to wear contact lenses only when asleep? Orthokeratology (or ortho-k) is a gas permeable contact lens prescribed for overnight wear only. These lenses reshape the cornea while you sleep and temporarily correct nearsightedness and other refractive errors, thus enabling you to see clearly during the day without any need for contacts or glasses. This reduces contact lens-related dry eye symptoms.
  • Adhering to the hygiene routine advised by your eye doctor – Those who wear monthly lenses need to adhere to a specific hygiene routine advised by their eye doctor. If you’re using the wrong solution or not cleaning your lenses properly, this could be why you’re suffering from dry eye. Keep in mind that not all multi-purpose cleaning solutions are designed to clean silicone hydrogel contact lenses, so make sure the solution you’re using is correct.

        There is also a chance you may have sensitive eyes and that your dry eye symptoms may be an adverse reaction to the preservatives in the solution. If your eyes feel irritated, yet you are using your regular cleaning solution, speak to Dry Eye Expert, Dr. Kerry Holt, who will recommend a preservative-free lens solution for improved comfort.

        Tips to Avoid Dry Eye When Wearing Contact Lenses

        Dry Eye Girl 640×350To prevent eye dryness or inflammation, we recommend the following tips:

        • Make sure you’ve been fitted for your contact lenses by an eye doctor, as the eye practitioner can determine the exact strength and curvature of the contact lenses you need, and recommend the most suitable lenses for your eyes.
        • Regularly get your eyes examined for vision acuity and general ocular health. Contact Eyeland Vision's Dry Eye Center today for a comprehensive eye evaluation.
        • Purchase high-quality lenses and make sure they have good oxygen permeability. Lenses with hyaluronan, particularly silicone hydrogel lenses, are excellent for people prone to developing dry eyes. Hard lenses also come highly recommended, as they draw very little liquid from the tear film.
        • Until you find a better solution, do not wear contact lenses for extended periods. If you suffer from dry eyes, it is best that you only wear them for a few hours and on special occasions, such as for an outing or to play sports. Avoid wearing contact lenses when watching TV or working at your computer, as these place a strain on your eyes.
        • Make sure to dispose of lenses every day, fortnightly or monthly, depending on what your eye doctor recommends. Your contact lens containers should also be changed every few weeks to prevent any germ build-up.
        • Avoid wearing contact lenses when ill with a cold or the flu, as there is an increased risk of transferring germs into the eyes. Remove contact lenses if you have an eye infection like conjunctivitis (or pink eye), as germs can build up extremely well underneath them.

        If you wear contact lenses and struggle with dry eyes, ask your Eyeland Vision's Dry Eye Center eye doctor about scleral lenses. Dry Eye Expert, Dr. Kerry Holt will patiently assess and explain your condition to you, and will provide solutions and treatments for optimal visual clarity and comfort. Fortunately, there’s a vast array of contact lens types and brands available, so those who fear that they may have to discontinue contact lens wear altogether need not worry.

        Call the Eyeland Vision's Dry Eye Center today to schedule your consultation. We help patients from the El Paso, North Hills, Pleasant Hills, Apollo Heights, and all through Texas enjoy great vision and comfort while wearing contact lenses.

         

        Oasis Tears

        Instant and Long-lasting Relief of Dry Eye Symptoms

        About Tears oasis tears 1

        Tears are essential for keeping your eyes healthy and your vision clear. Tears lubricate your eyes and protect the cornea (outer surface). A lack of tears, improper lubrication or tears draining too quickly can lead to a condition called Dry Eye Syndrome. If not treated, dry eye causes physical discomfort and can affect the quality of your vision.

        Tears are produced by the lacrimal glands in the upper and lower eyelids and drain from your eyes through the punctum (tear ducts).

        TEAR FILM is made up of 3 layers:oasis tears 2

         

        • LIPID (OIL): Prevents tear film evaporation ie Lipid Layer
        • WATER: Contains water and nutrients Water Layer
        • MUCUS: Mucin Layer Spreads tear film evenly over the eye

        Normal tear film

        Lipids regulate the evaporation of the water layer. The volume and quality of the tear film on the surface of the eye is critical to maintain ocular surface health, duration of comfort and quality of vision.

        Abnormal tear film

        For a dry eye sufferer an abnormal tear film develops with a reduction of the lipids, water and mucin layers. Areas of dryness form causing surface damage to the eye.

        If You are Having Dry Eye Symptoms

        It is important that you discuss your symptoms with your Eye Care Professional. Most dry eye symptoms will remain without treatment and affect your quality of vision. Your Eye Care Professional can perform a simple test to determine the severity of your Dry Eye and recommend the best method of treatment.

        Treatment with Oasis TEARS®

        Natural tears can be enhanced by using eye drops called ARTIFICIAL TEARS. They supplement the moisture that is missing and lubricate the eyes to temporarily relieve Dry Eye symptoms.

        It is important to use a preservative-free drop such as Oasis TEARS-. Most artificial tears contain preservatives which can damage the outer layer of the cornea when using more than 4-6 drops per day.

        Oasis TEARS® are a proprietary formulation of glycerin and a highly elastic viscoadaptive agent which keep the tears on the eye surface longer.

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        When the eyelids close, the solu-tion spreads glycerin and water to hydrate and lubricate the ocular surface.

         

        When the lids open, the glycerin and water are recaptured and retained for repeated release with each blink.

         

        How Glycerin in Oasis TEARS® Worksoasis tears 4

        Glycerin interacts with both the water and lipids in tear film and holds them on the corneal surface.

        Every Blink Brings Soothing Relief

        When the eyelid closes, the elastic nature of Oasis TEARS® allows the solution to thin and spread to cover the ocular surface between blinks.

        When the eyelid opens, the Oasis TEARS° solution reforms to capture and hold glycerin, lipids and water produced naturally, forming a tear film layer that stays on the eye longer.

        The Products

        Oasis TEARS® products give your dry eyes prolonged soothing comfort by coating, moistening and lubricating ocular tissue. With each blink, they re-coat the surface of the eye for long-lasting comfort.

        Oasis TEARS® and Oasis TEARS® PLUS are supplied in convenient “take with you” disposable containers. Oasis TEARS® MULTIDOSE comes in a 10ml bottle.

        Three treatment options provide long-lasting relief for mild to severe symptoms. Your Eye Care Professional can recommend the appropriate Oasis TEARS® product for your dry eye condition.

        ♦ Superior moistening, lubrication and comfort

        ♦ Instant relief of symptoms

        ♦ Long-lasting, fewer applications required

        ♦ No blurred vision or foreign body sensation

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        OT6100 Oasis TEARS®

        Preservative-free Lubricating Eye Drops Recommended for mild to moderate symptoms; 30 disposable containers per box

        016200 Oasis TEARS®

        PLUS Preservative-free Lubricating Eye Drops Recommended for moderate to severe symptoms; 30 disposable containers per box

        016310 Oasis TEARS® MULTIDOSE

        Lubricating Eye Drops Recommended for mild symptoms; 10ml multi-dose bottle

        CAUSES OF DRY EYE

        A lack of tears, improper lubrication, or tears draining too quickly from the eye result in a condition known as Dry Eye, a common problem that is easily diagnosed.

        AGING

        As we age, tear production decreases. Men and women of any age can be affected, however, after menopause and during pregnancy women are especially susceptible.

        CONTACT LENSES

        Wearing contact lenses often increases tear evaporation that can result in irri-tation, increased protein deposits, in-fection, and discomfort. Dry Eye has been shown to be the leading cause of contact lens discomfort and reduced wear time.

        ENVIRONMENT

        Exposure to various environments can reduce eye lubrication. These include sunny, dry or windy conditions; heaters, dehumidifiers, fans or air conditioning; sand, dust or pollen, smoke, high altitudes; work settings and prolonged computer use.

        MEDICATIONS

        A variety of medications reduce tear secretion. Some common examples are: decongestants, antihistamines, sleeping pills, beta-blockers, anti-depressants, diuretics, pain relievers, oral medications and alcohol.

        SURGERY

        Surgical procedures can disrupt the production of tears. Unless Dry Eye was present before surgery, post-surgical dry eye is almost always temporary.

        AUTDIMMUNE DISEASE

        Many diseases and disorders can cause dry eye, such as Sjogren’s Syndrome, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Crohn’s Disease and Diabetes.

        DO YOU HAVE ANY OF THESE DRY EYE SYMPTOMS?

        If you have any of the symptoms below, you may have Dry Eye:

        • Dry Sensation
        • Scratchy, Gritty Feeling
        • Burning
        • Stinging
        • Itching
        • Excess Tearing (Watery Eyes)
        • Mucous Discharge
        • Irritation from Wind or Smoke
        • Redness
        • Tired Eyes
        • Light Sensitivity
        • Contact Lens Discomfort
        • Contact Lens Solution Sensitivity
        • Soreness
        • Lid Infections/Sties
        • Sensitivity to Eye Drops
        • Eyelids Stuck Together at Awakening

        Oasis Tears Plus

        ABOUT TEARSOasis Tears Plus1

        The human eye is lubricated by two kinds of tears produced by glands in the upper and lower eyelid.

        CONSTANT TEARS are continuously formed to lubricate the eye and contain natural antibiotics to help fight infections. When constant tear flow is reduced, there is irritation that can cause excessive reflex tearing (“watery eyes”). These excess tears lack the oil needed to keep from evaporating and do not lubricate the eye.

        REFLEX TEARS are produced only in response to irritation, injury, or emotion. They help rinse the surface of the eye.

        A balance is necessary between the two types of tears to ensure that your eyes are comfortable and protected.

        A lack of tears, improper lubrication, or tears draining too quickly from the eye result in a condition known as Dry Eye. Dry Eye is a common problem that is easily diagnosed.

        TREATMENT

        Oasis Tears Plus2Tears can be replaced by using eye drops called ARTIFICIAL TEARS. They replace the moisture that is missing and lubricate the eyes. They temporarily soothe Dry Eye symptoms.

        Most artificial tears contain preservatives which have recently been discovered to be the culprit in damaging the top layer of the cornea leading to disruption of the tear film when drops are used often. This sequence leaves the surface of the eye unable to keep the tear film in place and can lead to ocular surface disease. Using more than 4 to 6 drops per day increases the likelihood of preservative-induced adverse effects.

        It is important to use a preservative-free drop such as Oasis TEARS™. Studies have shown preservative-free preparations are safe to use in patients, especially those who require frequent dosing, or use contact lens solutions or ocular medications.

        Artificial tears and medications have provided a quick, short-term solution to Dry Eye. However, another option is tear duct closure which allows you to retain your own natural tears.

        TEAR DUCT CLOSURE

        Oasis Tears Plus3Temporary closure of the tear duct (punctal canal) is accomplished by inserting a tiny PUNCTUM PLUG (like a sink stopper) to pre-vent tear drainage. This allows your own tears to bathe your eye for a longer period of time. In about one week this plug will dissolve and wash away with your tears. You and your doctor can then evaluate the benefits of tear duct closure for you.

        Long-term closure of the tear drainage ducts involves the use of a non-dissolvable, yet removable, plug to seal the tear duct. This non-surgical procedure is painless and takes only a few minutes in your doctor’s office.

        RELIEF from the discomfort of dry eyes may be immediate for some patients, while for others relief may be more gradual. Artificial tears may be used in conjunction with punctal plugs for severe cases of Dry Eye.

        COMMON CAUSES OF DRY EYE

        A lack of tears, improper lubrication, or tears draining too quickly from the eye result in a common condition known as Dry Eye.

        AGING As we age, tear production decreases. Men and women of any age can be affected, however, after menopause and during pregnancy women are especially susceptible.

        CONTACT LENSES Wearing contact lenses often increases tear evaporation that can result in irritation, increased protein deposits, infection, and pain. Dry eye has been shown to he the leading cause of contact lens discomfort.

        ENVIRONMENT Exposure to various environments can reduce eye lubrication. These include sunny, dry or windy conditions; heaters, dehumidifiers, fans or air conditioning; sand, dust or pollen, smoke, high altitudes; work environment and prolonged computer use.

        MEDICATIONS A variety of medications reduce tear secretion. Some common examples are decongestants, antihistamines, sleeping pills, beta-blockers, anti-depressants, diuretics, pain relievers and alcohol.

        AUTO IMMUNE DISEASE Auto Immune Disease accompanied by a dry mouth and dry eyes is called Sjogren’s Syndrome.

        SURGERY Surgical procedures can disrupt the production of tears or the balance between Constant and Reflex tears. Post-surgical dry eye is almost always temporary.

        SYMPTOM CHECKLIST

        If you experience any of the symptoms below, you may have Dry Eye:

        • Dry Sensation
        • Scratchy, Gritty Feeling
        • Burning
        • Stinging
        • Itching
        • Excess Tearing (Watery Eyes)
        • Mucous Discharge
        • Irritation from Wind or Smoke
        • Redness
        • Tired Eyes
        • Light Sensitivity
        • Contact Lens Discomfort
        • Contact Lens Solution Sensitivity
        • Soreness
        • Lid Infections/Sties
        • Sensitivity to Artificial Tears
        • Eyelids Stuck Together at Awakening

        Bruder EyeCompress

        A simple & natural solution

        The Bruder Moist Heat Eye Compress delivers a doctor-recommended moist heat treatment in just minutes from the microwave.

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        Ask your doctor why adding the easy-to-use Bruder Moist Heat Eye Compress to your eye wellness routine will Help relieve your symptoms safely, effectively, and economically.

        The prob Dry, irritated, itchy eyes

        Let your doctor know if you have any of the following symptoms:

        • Dry, itchy or burning eyes
        • Watery, gritty or blurry eyes
        • Sensitivity to light, causing you to squint or blink
        • Difficulty focusing due to dryness

        Dryness is caused by a variety of factors:

        • Age
        • Eye surgery
        • Extended computer use
        • Contact lens wear
        • Certain medications
        • Allergies
        • Eye disorders
        • Diseases (Arthritis, Diabetes, etc.)
        • Hormonal imbalance
        • Environmental factors

        The solution Bruder Moist Heat Eye Compress

        The compress relieves dryness simply, naturally, and conveniently. Just place the compress in a clean microwave for 20-3o seconds, then apply over closed eyes for 10 minutes. The moist heat provides welcome relief in minutes. The compress will maintain prescribed heat levels for the entire treatment. Use as often as necessary, typically one or two times a day.

        The Bruder Moist Heat Eye Compress will not interfere with other prescriptions or over-the-counter medications. It can be hand washed when needed and will last 6-g months with frequent daily use.

        How it works

        The Bruder Moist Heat Eye Compress features patented MediBeads technology. Water molecules are continuously absorbed from the air and stored inside the beads. When microwaved, the absorbed water is released as clean moist heat. There is no wait, no mess, and no need to add water.

        The moist heat provided by the Bruder Moist Heat Eye Compress may also be a perfect solution for treating Blepharitis, Styes, and Chalazions.

        What Causes Dry Eye,
        Eyeland Vision's Dry Eye Center in El Paso, Texas

        Dry Eye Syndrome And Medical Procedures That Can Cause Dry Eye

        Dry Eye Syndrome can be caused by many factors. These include age, genetics, environment, lifestyle, medications, and the overall medical health of your eyes. Regardless of which factor(s) contribute to your Dry Eye Syndrome, the result is a situation where your eyes are either not producing enough tears to keep your eye lubricated, or the tears are not formulated with the correct balance of water, lipids, and mucous to maintain proper lubrication.

        This results in the sore, gritty, and painful condition we call Dry Eye Syndrome. Sometimes, basic lifestyle and dietary changes can prevent and even alleviate the symptoms. At other times, more steps will be required to get the relief you need and deserve. Here are some of the most common factors which contribute to Dry Eye Syndrome.

        The most common complications from medical procedures which result in dry eyes are eye surgery or injury, as well as radiation therapy. After any eye surgery or serious injury, or after receiving radiation therapy, you should carefully monitor your tear production. Always inform us if you have ever undergone any medical procedure on or near your eyes, or received radiation therapy. If you notice that your eyes are getting dryer, contact us. The Eyeland Vision's Dry Eye Center has advanced techniques and experience in diagnosing and treating Dry Eye Syndrome.

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        Dry Eyes After Eye Surgery

        Complications from certain medical procedures will very often result in Dry Eye Syndrome. This is especially true for eye surgery, whether due to an injury or medical condition, or elective surgery such as LASIK. Whenever parts of the eye are cut, it is very easy to damage the tear ducts or the meibomian glands which are essential for producing the lipids (oils) in your tears.

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        Dry Eyes After Radiation Therapy

        Radiation therapy or Orbital Radiotherapy very frequently results in Aqueous Deficient Dry Eye Syndrome, a form of dry eyes that results from there not being enough water (tears).

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        Diabetes, Lupus Arthritis, Thyroid Disorders And Dry Eye Syndrome

        Diabetes can lead to dry eye because of nerve neuropathy. Essentially, the nerves that control the tear ducts stop functioning properly resulting in decreased tear production.

        Arthritis lupus is an autoimmune disease that can also affect the nerves and prevent the tear ducts from producing sufficient tear volume.

        The thyroid maintains the hormonal and metabolic balance throughout the body. Therefore, a diseased thyroid alters the metabolism of the entire body, and the eyes are no exception. Both overactive and underactive thyroid conditions can result in dry eyes.

        An overactive thyroid disorder is often a result of Graves’ Disease. This autoimmune disease causes inflammation and swelling in the eyelids (amongst other places in the body) until the eye itself may begin to protrude. This swelling and possible protrusion of the eye reduces the body’s ability to blink effectively. In addition to Dry Eye Syndrome, this can result in endocrine orbitopathy, which includes severe dry eye symptoms such as double-vision, painful pressure, and severe inflammation. When the eye is protruding, severe drying of the cornea can occur.

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        Medications That Cause Dry Eye

        There are many medications out there that can cause dry eye. The causes range anywhere from a reduction in the functionality of the tear ducts to a reduction in the amount of water in the body. This includes:

        • Diuretics
        • Decongestants
        • Antihistamines
        • Anticholinergics
        • Antidepressants
        • Hormones
        • Hypertension medication
        • Dermatological agents
        • Lortab (acetaminophen and hydrocodone)
        • Ibuprofen (Advil)

        Always let us know what medications you take, regardless of whether they are over-the-counter or prescription. This will help us better assess and treat your Dry Eye Syndrome.

        Hormonal Changes That Result In Dry Eye

        Sharp changes in your body’s hormone levels will often result in an inflammatory response which can result in dry, irritated eyes. Here are some common reasons people undergo hormonal changes that often result in Dry Eye Syndrome. You don’t have to suffer from dry eyes in silence. Dry Eye Expert, Dr. Kerry Holt at the Eyeland Vision's Dry Eye Center will conduct a full assessment and develop a custom treatment plan that’s right for you.

        Birth Control And Dry Eyes

        Hormonal birth control alters the body’s hormone balance, particularly progesterone. Examples of contraceptives containing hormones include birth control pills, patches, vaginal rings, and certain types of IUDs.

        These can cause similar hormonal changes as pregnancy and therefore, can also result in decreased tear production. Less tears means the greater the likelihood that Dry Eye will develop.

        If you notice any symptoms such as dryness, itching, burning, or blurriness - and you’re on some type of birth control - you may have Dry Eye. Fortunately, there are various methods of treating the condition that won’t interfere with your birth control regimen.

        Pregnancy And Dry Eye

        Like many symptoms of pregnancy, vision changes during this time are usually temporary. You may experience less clear vision, itchiness, burning, or simply a lack of comfort when wearing contact lenses. Sensitivity to light may begin to affect you, as well.

        Dry Eye can also occur during pregnancy. It is quite common and is caused by the hormonal changes in your body. It is often experienced during the end of the first trimester, when the hormones are most active. These hormones can decrease the amount of natural moisture in the eye, leading to Dry Eye. The condition can last throughout the pregnancy, during postpartum recovery, and while the mother is breastfeeding.

        Many pregnant women find that applying a warm cloth to their eyes for a few minutes can give them some relief. Others may be advised to use artificial tears during this time. Switching to eyeglasses can also relieve some of the discomfort caused by wearing contacts during the pregnancy and through the first few weeks of postpartum recovery.

        Menopause And Dry Eye

        Similar to pregnancy, menopausal women also experience changes in their hormones. When going through menopause, your body produces less progesterone, estrogen, and androgens. The latest research indicates that it is these androgens which directly affect the delicate balance of tear production. Fewer androgens means the body will produce less tears, which break up faster, resulting in Dry Eye. Since women naturally have less androgens than men, post-menopausal women are particularly susceptible to dry eyes.

        The exact treatment for Dry Eye during the menopausal years is a matter of some debate. While many eye care practitioners believe that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can alleviate Dry Eye during menopause, others believe it may increase it. All agree that managing Dry Eye for women during menopause requires a customized treatment plan. Personal lifestyle, time spent outdoors, medications, and nutrition can all play a role in a woman’s health and can affect Dry Eye.

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        Seasonal Changes, Allergies, Environment, And Dry Eye

        Anytime the seasons change, especially spring, summer, and fall, there's a high likelihood of allergens in the air. The autoimmune response to these allergens often results in inflammation and dry eyes. Often, seasonal dry eye causes a feeling of grit or itching in the eye which can be most uncomfortable. The fact that you are not producing as many tears can even lead to infections or even more serious problems.

        Sunlight, Wind, Humidity, And Dry Eye

        Intense sunlight or direct sunlight can cause you to strain your eyes while simultaneously drying them out. This, of course, can lead to dry eye and other problems that ensue. High winds can cause similar issues. The wind can pick up debris and other factors that will put a strain on your eyes. It tends to cause the tears to evaporate quicker so the tear ducts do not produce tears as fast as they should. This cascade effect leads to dry eye.

        Dry climates tend to have high winds, a lot of sunlight, and little moisture in the air which can all cause a reduction in tear production.

        Cold Weather And Dry Eye

        Cold weather usually means windy, harsh conditions outside, and the likelihood of you spending most of your time indoors and therefore exposed to heating systems on a near constant basis. Ironically, it’s this constant exposure to dry, heated air in cold weather which causes inflamed, itchy eyes other symptoms associated with Dry Eye Syndrome.

        Heat And Dry Eye

        Hot temperatures, particularly when it’s very low humidity (a dry environment), causes your tears to evaporate at a higher rate. This can result in dry, itchy eyes.

        Altitude And Dry Eyes

        As your altitude increases, the air becomes dryer. What’s more, higher altitude usually means more intense sunlight and wind speeds, which all combine to evaporate the tears in your eyes faster than normal and can result in dry eye.

        Living With Dry Eye in El Paso,Texas

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        Reading, Writing And Dry Eye

        While you read or perform any visual task like working on a computer or driving, you tend to blink less. On average, we should typically be blinking once every 3-5 Seconds. However, when looking at a computer monitor, for example, blinking goes down to about 1-2 times a minute. This causes dry eye because the act of blinking is what coats the eye with film from the tears. When engaged in continuous and middle-vision focusing, always remember the 20-20-20 rule: Take a break every 20 minutes to focus on something at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.

        Computer/Blue Light And Dry Eye

        The high energy blue-violet light emitted by modern LED devices is a growing cause of concern as it leads to eye strain, disrupted sleep patterns, and likely long-term damage. Blue light and the resulting eye strain can cause a reduction in tear production resulting in dry, irritated eyes. Take breaks from screen use every 20 minutes or so.

        Contact Lenses And Dry Eye

        Contact lens wearers often complain about dry eye. This can be exacerbated by improper contact lens hygiene or wearing the contacts too long without a break. For some people who already have an underlying dry eye condition, regular contact lenses are simply too uncomfortable and specialized contact lenses become required. At the , we can help fit you with the right contacts for you to avoid these symptoms.

        Eye Infections And Dry Eye

        Eye infections such as conjunctivitis (whether viral or bacterial) can cause significant irritation and infected debris and mucous which can all contribute to dry eyes. The symptoms will usually clear up when the infection does.

        Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

        Meibomian Gland Disorder or MGD accounts for the majority of cases of Dry Eye Syndrome. This condition occurs when an abnormality or blockage in your inner eyelids prevents the meibomian glands from producing the lipids (oils) that are essential for maintaining the optimal balance of tear composition. A shortage of these lipids cause the tears in your eyes to evaporate too fast and your eyes dry out. MGD can be treated by our dry eye doctors so contacts us if you think you might have it.

        Blepharitis

        Blepharitis is inflammation usually at the site of small oil glands at the base of the eyelashes. The area becomes clogged and inflamed by infected debris called scurf. Blepharitis can be treated by our dry eye doctors so contacts us if you think you might have it.

        Diet, Omega 3, And Dry Eye

        Omega 3 fatty acids are proven to prevent Dry Eye Syndrome from developing and can even treat mild cases. These fatty acids are essential to tear production and ease stinging, irritation, and that scratchy feeling that can occur with dry eye. Omega-3 has anti-inflammatory properties so you’re also less likely to get infections on the surface of the eye or on your eyelids. If your diet is low in Omega 3s you should consider adding more fish to your diet or taking supplements. We would be more than happy to guide you to the supplements that provide the best sourcing and bio-available Omega 3s.

        Stress And Dry Eye

        Stress affects the entire body negatively. Recent studies show that stress can trigger dry eyes, especially if there is a preexisting additional factor such as environment, gender, or age contributing to dry eye.

        Reading, Writing And Dry Eye

        While you read or perform any visual task like working on a computer or driving, you tend to blink less. On average, we should typically be blinking once every 3-5 Seconds. However, when looking at a computer monitor, for example, blinking goes down to about 1-2 times a minute. This causes dry eye because the act of blinking is what coats the eye with film from the tears. When engaged in continuous and middle-vision focusing, always remember the 20-20-20 rule: Take a break every 20 minutes to focus on something at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.

        Computer/Blue Light And Dry Eye

        The high energy blue-violet light emitted by modern LED devices is a growing cause of concern as it leads to eye strain, disrupted sleep patterns, and likely long-term damage. Blue light and the resulting eye strain can cause a reduction in tear production resulting in dry, irritated eyes. Take breaks from screen use every 20 minutes or so.

        Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

        Meibomian Gland Disorder or MGD accounts for the majority of cases of Dry Eye Syndrome. This condition occurs when an abnormality or blockage in your inner eyelids prevents the meibomian glands from producing the lipids (oils) that are essential for maintaining the optimal balance of tear composition. A shortage of these lipids cause the tears in your eyes to evaporate too fast and your eyes dry out. MGD can be treated by our dry eye doctors so contacts us if you think you might have it.

        Blepharitis

        Blepharitis is inflammation usually at the site of small oil glands at the base of the eyelashes. The area becomes clogged and inflamed by infected debris called scurf. Blepharitis can be treated by our dry eye doctors so contacts us if you think you might have it.

        Contact Lenses And Dry Eye

        Contact lens wearers often complain about dry eye. This can be exacerbated by improper contact lens hygiene or wearing the contacts too long without a break. For some people who already have an underlying dry eye condition, regular contact lenses are simply too uncomfortable and specialized contact lenses become required. At the Eyeland Vision's Dry Eye Center, we can help fit you with the right contacts for you to avoid these symptoms.

        Eye Infections And Dry Eye

        Eye infections such as conjunctivitis (whether viral or bacterial) can cause significant irritation and infected debris and mucous which can all contribute to dry eyes. The symptoms will usually clear up when the infection does.

        Diet, Omega 3, And Dry Eye

        Omega 3 fatty acids are proven to prevent Dry Eye Syndrome from developing and can even treat mild cases. These fatty acids are essential to tear production and ease stinging, irritation, and that scratchy feeling that can occur with dry eye. Omega-3 has anti-inflammatory properties so you’re also less likely to get infections on the surface of the eye or on your eyelids. If your diet is low in Omega 3s you should consider adding more fish to your diet or taking supplements. We would be more than happy to guide you to the supplements that provide the best sourcing and bio-available Omega 3s.

        Stress And Dry Eye

        Stress affects the entire body negatively. Recent studies show that stress can trigger dry eyes, especially if there is a preexisting additional factor such as environment, gender, or age contributing to dry eye.

        You Don’t Have To Suffer From Dry Eye Anymore!

        Regardless of the factors or conditions causing your dry eye, there are usually viable treatment options available. If you are suffering from Dry Eye for any reason, book a Dry Eye Assessment at the in El Paso, Texas for effective treatment. Dry Eye Expert, Dr. Kerry Holt and our helpful and caring staff will be glad to set up an appointment for you. We will assess the exact nature of your Dry Eye and develop a custom treatment plan so you can get the relief you deserve. Why live with the dry eye a moment longer than you have to? Call us or Book Online today.

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        El Paso | North Hills | Pleasant Hills | Apollo Heights | and the state of Texas

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        Hot Compress Eye Masks: Effective & Rapid Dry Eye Relief in El Paso

        A Simple Solution For Those Suffering From Dry Eyes, Blepharitis, Or Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD).

        Treating Your Dry Eye With Hot Compresses

        If you are suffering from the symptoms of Dry eye this low tech solution may be just what the doctor ordered. A hydrating hot compress eye mask that contains special beads which continuously absorb and store water molecules from the air.

        When the mask is microwaved, the clean, natural moist heat goes to work immediately to provide soothing relief. A heated eye hydrating mask helps to stabilize the tear film, improves oil gland function and slows tear evaporation.

        Your properly hydrated and lubricated eyes will now be able to expel bacteria and debris more efficiently so your patients’ eyes will feel refreshed and rejuvenated.

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        Easy At Home Care in El Paso For MGD And Blepharitis

        Hot compress eye masks are easy to use and natural way to treat chronic dry eye, MGD and Blepharitis. It takes only 20 seconds in the microwave, then apply the mask over your closed eyes for several minutes. The moist heat goes to work immediately to help slow tear evaporation. There is no need to add water, no waiting and no mess.

        Just as the average weekend-warrior treats his sore back or other muscles with heat, treating dry eyes with moist warmth works on exactly the same principle. Moist heat is one of the best, natural ways to treat pain caused by eye strain.

        Follow-up your hot compress with increased vigilance in your general eye hygiene. Good eye hygiene will improve symptoms relating to dry eye syndrome, and particularly for blepharitis sufferers.

        What Are Hot Compress Eye Masks Helpful For?

        Hot compress eye masks are effective at reducing the severity of three extremely common and uncomfortable eye diseases.

        Chronic Dry Eyes

        Chronic dry eyes is one of the most common eye diseases. As many 90% of people who spend over two hours a day in front of a computer will experience dry eye symptoms. The cause is a lack of lubrication, either from inadequate tear production or from infrequent blinking (commonly occurring while using a computer).

        Blepharitis

        Blepharitis is an eye condition which causes inflamed eyelids, burning, and discomfort. It is caused by an build up of bacteria which leads to biofilm under and near your eyelids.

        Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD)

        The leading cause of dry eyes, it is the blockage of the oil secreting glands, which causes your tears to evaporate too quickly.  Applying a warm compress will unclog the debris permitting for the oil and other tear-gland-blocking debris to be easily removed. 

        Frequently Asked Questions About Hydrating Eye Masks

        How Do I Clean The Mask?

        A light hand wash and air dry does the trick. You can use a light soap to get rid of any stains or dirt, but overall it is a very easy clean.

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        El Paso | North Hills | Pleasant Hills | Apollo Heights | and the state of Texas

        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 is a Dry Eye professional seeking to bring relief and healing from Dry Eyes in its many forms to patients from the state of Texas. With Dry Eye Expert, Dr. Kerry Holt at the helm, The Eyeland Vision's 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 Eyeland Vision's 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
        • 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. Dry Eye Expert, Dr. Kerry Holt 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
        • Environmental Factors & Irritants
        • Contact Lenses
        • Medical Conditions
        • Lifestyle
        • Medications

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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, Dry Eye Expert, Dr. Kerry Holt can help. Eyeland Vision's Dry Eye Center services patients from El Paso, North Hills, Pleasant Hills, Apollo Heights, and throughout Texas.

        Serving Dry Eye Patients from:

        El Paso | North Hills | Pleasant Hills | Apollo Heights | and throughout Texas