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Dry Eye Treatment in Knoxville

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 The Eye Group - Chapman Highway 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 Knoxville 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 Knoxville

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Hours
  • Monday 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Tuesday 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Thursday 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
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Patient Reviews
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- Feb. 04, 2024
Super fast and efficient
- Jan. 31, 2024
Very personable and professional.
- Jan. 31, 2024
The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. The facility is clean and professional. Everyone in the off... ice was so gracious about my baby being with me. I was given good information for my future visits, and here's the big thing... DOCTOR CROSS LISTENED TO MY NEEDS AND CONCERNS!!!!! I would recommend this practice to anyone in the Knoxville area, not just South Knox Co.
- Nov. 29, 2023
Everyone was pleasant - no pressure to buy XYZ, Dr was very easy going - nothing to complain about. ... Thanks!
- Nov. 22, 2023
Completely satisfied with my experience here. Staff was friendly and more than competent. Chose th... e Eye Group based on all the positive reviews after my previous optometrist dropped my insurance carrier and glad they did. The reviews were accurate and Dr. Cross is outstanding.
- Nov. 09, 2023
Exceptional care! Perfect customer service! Friendly and professional!
- Nov. 09, 2023
such an amazing experience. If you are looking for an eye doctor in the area, this is where you want... to be!
- Nov. 03, 2023
Great team. Easy visits.
- Oct. 13, 2023
Excellent, helpful staff. Finally got a good prescription after changing from another eye care offic... e.
- Oct. 12, 2023
My son loves his new glasses! The optometrist was great with him and I will 100% be back. Incredible... place in an odd spot. Prepare to be shocked that such an awesome place is in such a non-descript area. Google them and Go There. Everyone was just so nice and helpful. I honestly don't think I could be persuaded to go anywhere else. P.S. The prices are Great!
- Sep. 25, 2023
I have been going here for many years. Dr. Dorian Lane is the best I've encountered anywhere. He is ... extremely thorough to give the best experience and results for eyesight. He corrected a bad prescription for me where I could not see well and I left seeing crystal clear. I would highly recommend this establishment to anyone.
- Sep. 15, 2023
Great service. Just wish my insurance paid more.
- Sep. 10, 2023
It always pleasant, Dr lain is great!
- Sep. 01, 2023
Great experience and very accommodating.
- Aug. 24, 2023
Great attentive and personal care
- Aug. 14, 2023
Dr Cross is a great doctor. He explained the problem with my eyes better than any other doctor I’v... e ever seen. Everyone was so nice and friendly. The whole process was very pleasant.
- Aug. 13, 2023
They were fast, friendly, and professional. I am so glad Ive chosen them as my optometry office!
- Aug. 12, 2023
Very pleasant and professional experience. I can’t say enough good to say how much we enjoyed Dr. ... Cross! On a scale of 1 to 10, I give the Eye Group- South Office 💯! Also the ladies that helped us with our glasses also get 💯!
- Jul. 25, 2023
This was my first eye exam with the Eye Group. I am glad I changed my eye care provider. Dr. Combs w... as able to detect an issue that has bothered me for years that my previous provider ignored. I had a pleasant experience from the greeting when I arrived until the walk out the door. I highly recommend The Eye Group.
- Jul. 16, 2023
Thanks for the Greatest care I could receive,Love the people that work there.Thats why I chose the E... ye Group.

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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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