Dry Eye Syndrome Specialist

West Vision

Jacob West, OD

Optometrist located in Tyler, TX

Dry eye syndrome is a persistent and frustrating issue for many men and women today. Fortunately, there’s effective help available through an eye doctor. At West Vision in Tyler, Texas, Dr. Jacob West can prescribe and treat dry eye syndrome and its irritating symptoms quickly and effectively. Patients in Tyler, Noonday, New Hope, Antioch, Walnut Grove, and the surrounding areas of Athens, Canton, Lindale, Palestine, Flint, Bullard, Winnsboro, Brownsboro, Chandler, Arp, Mineola, Quitman, Van, and Ben Wheeler, count on Dr. West for capable and compassionate care. Use online booking or call West Vision to get help for dry eye syndrome today.

Dry Eye Syndrome Q & A

What is dry eye syndrome?

Dry eye syndrome is an eye condition that can develop when your eyes don't have sufficient moisture. Some of the common signs of dry eye syndrome are:

  • Itchy eyes
  • Red eyes
  • Gritty feeling in your eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Light sensitivity


Sometimes, dry eye syndrome can actually cause your eyes to water, as well. However, this is simply your body's reflex to the dryness and it doesn't produce the quantity or the quality of moisture your eyes need for relief. If your eyes water due to dry eye syndrome, the tears tend to appear and go away very quickly.

Why do I have dry eye syndrome?

Dry eye syndrome happens when your body isn't able to produce sufficient tears. This may happen as part of the aging process, and dry eye syndrome is, therefore, more common in middle age and senior years. However, dry eye syndrome can happen to patients of any age, even children in rare cases.

Dry eye syndrome can also be a side effect of illnesses like diabetes, arthritis, and lupus. Some patients who suffer from allergies may develop dry eye as well.

Some kinds of medications, particularly antihistamines and decongestants, can cause dry eye syndrome because they dry out your mucous membranes as a whole.

Regardless of why your dry eye syndrome occurs, there's help available at West Vision.

What's the treatment for dry eye syndrome?

Dr. West prescribes treatment of your dry eye syndrome based on its cause, your symptoms, and other factors specific to you. In many cases, nonsurgical relief is possible. Treatments can include:

  • Increasing the humidity in your environment
  • Using a prescription tear solution
  • Practicing purposeful blinking
  • Correcting underlying problems like allergies


If the nonsurgical approach doesn't work for you, Dr. West may recommend a corrective surgery that closes your tear ducts. Punctal plugs go in the tear duct openings to keep them closed. The plugs prevent your tear ducts from doing their usual job of moisture drainage, and this leaves you with more healthy tear film.

There are two types of punctal plugs, collagen, and silicone. The collagen plugs dissolve naturally over several months while the silicone plugs are a permanent solution.

Tired of living with dry eyes? Get help by booking online now or calling the West Vision office for an appointment.