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Dry Eye Treatment in Olathe

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 Olathe Family Vision 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 Olathe 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 Olathe

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Hours
  • Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • Aarp Medicare Advantage
  • VSP
  • EyeMed
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Aetna Medicare
  • AARP Medicare Complete
  • AARP
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • GEHA
  • Humana Gold Plus
  • Medicare
  • Meritain Health
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Patient Reviews
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- Mar. 22, 2024
Great place to go to get new glasses and eye appointments
- Mar. 13, 2024
Great service - on time and never felt rushed! Very caring and compassionate service.
- Mar. 01, 2024
Dr Hemphil is the best! Caring and a true professional.
- Dec. 08, 2023
Dr. Wayne Hemphill has been our family optometrist for over 30 years. He is not only very knowledga... ble and skilled, but is a very caring person. He takes the time to answer questions, too.
- Oct. 17, 2023
Was traveling in Utah. Started having issues with left eye. A couple text messages and one photo ... of my eye, Dr. Wayne had the issue diagnosed and a script sent to a pharmacy in Mohab, UT. Trip saved. Thanks Dr. Wayne!!!!
- Sep. 07, 2023
I had an exceptional experience at Olathe Family Vision and would gladly give it a five-star review!... Dr. Wayne Hemphill and Dr. Mary Hemphill are not only highly experienced but also incredibly friendly. Whether you're a new patient or a regular, they treat you like a best friend or a family member. Their knowledge and willingness to accommodate your needs are truly impressive. If you're in search of a new eye care doctor, look no further – Olathe Family Vision is the place to go!
- Jul. 21, 2023
Been going here for almost 20 years and wouldn’t want to go anywhere else!
- Jul. 05, 2023
great experience and Dr Hemphill is very knowledgeable and personable
- Mar. 23, 2022
Love Dr. Hemphill & his staff! Very knowledgeable & caring. Highly recommend this practice!
- Mar. 04, 2022
I can not say ENOUGH about Dr. Wayne. He is just first rate. We have used him for all our eye needs.... From the kids who just get annual visits with 20/20 Vision, to myself needing first time reading glasses in my 40’s, to all things Vision Therapy. We moved here from Colorado where Vision Therapy was quite common and many offices were licensed in it and a number of my friends availed themselves and their children to the unique training and quality Vision therapy brings to the learning table. Dr. Wayne was the first office (and one of the only offices) I found in the greater Kansas City area 7 years ago and we’ve never looked elsewhere. His rapport with Children is wonderful. He’s articulate and well educated. He makes a person feel quite at ease. Anxiety to new situations can be a thing in my home. I am super grateful for his expert care and his gentle attention to detail. Highly recommend him and his office!
- Aug. 26, 2021
I get the most thorough exams and what a friendly atmosphere! Love these guys and this place. Thank... s Drs. Hemphill.
- Aug. 20, 2021
Dr Hemphill and his staff made my son’s first eye exam relaxed and easy for him! Highly recommend!...
- Jun. 04, 2018
Very nice and pleasant staff. I saw Dr. Broddous. He was excellent too. Thorough and patient. I was ... very pleased and comfortable with my visit. My family and I will return for our visits. Thank you!!
- Feb. 04, 2018
We saw Dr. Hemphill and the Vision Therapist. The testing was extensive and utilized many modalities... to accurately access what was going on. Not only were they very kind to me and my son, they were exceedingly thorough and knowledgeable. They did a great job of working with my son who is struggling with focusing and tracking, as a result, reading is very challenging. Not only did they offer a lot of hope but they navigated the fact that he was nervous and a bit embarrassed by his inability to read well, very nicely. They helped him realize what his eyes and brain were doing were not in his control but there were exercises and techniques that could help him. He left very buoyed for the first time in years. I anticipate getting a detailed write up in the mail with suggestions on how to proceed. Can not recommend them enough!
- May. 19, 2016
Dr. Hemphil is wonderful. Very knowledgeable and helpful with my questions. Has made some excellent ... recommendations for me. I recommend them to anyone.
- Nov. 26, 2015
Dr. Hemphill is a very friendly and knowledgeable optometrist. He really SEES the big picture. But s... eriously, great staff. Competent doctors. I don't always go to an eye doctor, but when I do, I go to Olathe Family Vision.

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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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