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Dry Eye Treatment in North Central

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 Blanco EyeWorks 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 North Central 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 North Central

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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 - 4:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
  • May. 27 Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Spectera
  • Medicaid
  • EyeMed
  • MetLife
Patient Reviews
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- Jul. 28, 2023
Prescriptions are ALWAYS correct…even when something out of the ordinary pops up. Plus, everyone t... here is just plain cool. My family has been going there for about 17 YEARS!!
- May. 21, 2023
Dr. Kip and his staff are beyond reproach! Always pleasant and with the most up to date screening eq... uipment. I moved away from San Antonio 3 years ago and still use them for my glasses and contacts. Great people.
- May. 11, 2023
Very kind stuff
- Oct. 13, 2022
I've been seeing Dr. Kip for over 20 years. He and his staff are always so friendly. I started tak... ing my daughters to get their eyes checked and they took such good care of them. They always make us feel right at home like visiting family. Thanks Kip, Alex and Candy. We love your service!
- Sep. 20, 2022
Impressed by the doctor. I have been wearing glasses since age 4. I have had doctors that did not i... mpress me. This doctor has solutions for aging eyes. He also wears glasses and is older therefore he knows first hand about eye changes. The staff also were very cool 😎.
- Sep. 14, 2022
Dr. Kip and his staff are so incredible. I walked in as a new patient and felt like I had known all ... of them for years. Super helpful and kind!
- Aug. 18, 2022
Nice people. Good selection. Good support.
- Jun. 15, 2022
Excellent service
- Nov. 30, 2021
My family and I have been coming here since the mid 2000’s. We've always been happy customers. We... changed insurance plans a few years ago and unfortunately they weren’t in network. I tried a few places and there was no comparison. I realized very quick how spoiled I had been by the wonderful owners/staff at Blanco Eyeworks. Recently, I was frustrated with wearing the junky glasses I got with my vision benefit. A few months ago I had decided to make an appointment to buy a new pair and just pay for them myself when I thought to check if they were in network. And they were!!! I was SOOOO happy to walk in there and see the familiar faces and knew I was finally back in good hands! Four out of five people in my family got new glasses within a week as well. Dr. Kip knows his stuff & is always friendly and attentive. Alex is the most knowledgeable person I’ve ever encountered in this business. He always knows what will look best on me. I don’t even bother to look at the glasses anymore. I just let him bring me a few to try on. Nine out of ten times I end up getting the first pair he hands me. Same with the rest of my family. Bottom line…Quality glasses, attentive service.
- Jan. 20, 2021
Thank you Kip and Alex for being an amazing help to me, never needed or wanted glasses so bad until ... now and you guys made it very simple and did a great job on figuring out what I needed! I am very pleased with the service you guys offered and very happy with my frames!
- Apr. 27, 2019
Dr Kip runs one spectacular LOCAL business. The Blanco Eye Works team will be attentive and engaged ... throughout your entire stay. Expect a thorough eval, explanation, and plan from Dr Kip. In case eyewear is on your list, Alex has an outstanding selection. He also has a great eye to help pick out the perfect frames. Thumbs up!!
- Mar. 01, 2019
Service above and beyond! Plus, they’re a locally owned business to boot! Alex is awesome and goes... out of his way to help. My family will be life-long customers as long as they are around!!
- Sep. 13, 2018
The doctor is awesome and the technology they use is so helpful. Staff is super supportive and frie... ndly. Love this place!
- Jul. 19, 2018
My family has been going to Blanco Eyeworks for several years, and we've always had a great experien... ce. I'd highly recommend them!
- May. 18, 2018
I'm a huge proponent of supporting local businesses and this place is at the top of my list. I knew ... going into the office that it was time to get serious about my eyesight and pony up to what I really needed and not what my old college budget allowed. I felt right at home here with every staff interaction. The technology at this office is unreal, they have an imaging machine for your eye that looks like it's made by Ferrari. I'm glad to have found an office in my neighborhood I can trust and that treats me like part of the family. It's rare in this day and age to find this type of customer service. I can't thank Dr. Orbeck and his staff enough for all the help. I look forward to doing business with them for a long time to come!
- Apr. 28, 2018
If you ever need some new glasses, or just need to get your eyes checked. Dr. Kip Orbeck is the guy ... to see. Kip and his staff are awesome. They are so friendly and not pushy. Alex does his magic on making sure your glasses look perfect on you. I saw Dr Kip many years ago for some new glasses and later went back for sunglasses. When I was away from San Antonio for awhile I had lost my glasses and went to see another doctor. That doctor was no Kip Orbeck. He didn't really care much about my prescription and his staff was rude. Last year I turned 40 and I noticed my eyesight was changing on reading small letters. I decided I better get them checked. I went to see Dr Orbeck because I knew he would take care of me. He said I'm getting close to needing bifocals but not right now.( I feel old now haha) He never forced me to buy the bifocals until I really need them. Dr Kip Orbeck your awesome and so is your staff. You make it easier to getting my eyes checked. Sorry this so long. (This is the little guy that came in on Saturday)
- Apr. 16, 2018
(Translated by Google) Excellent (Original) Exelente
- Apr. 05, 2018
Thank everyone who gives us positive or even some negative. We appreciate it and learn from it to ma... ke us better. Dr. Kip
- Feb. 19, 2018
Great experience and attention.
- Nov. 15, 2017
My wife and I love coming here. Dr. Orbeck is great!

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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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