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A Tearless Winter

Your eyes need tears to stay healthy. They rinse the eye of any dust or particles and keep the eyes moist and comfortable. Certain enzymes found in tears eliminate microorganisms that are occasionally present in the eye.
When the eyes do not produce enough tears, symptoms can present themselves such as perpetual dryness, stinging, itching or a foreign body sensation. To the surprise of many, sometimes dry eyes cause eyes to water excessively if the eyes over-stimulate tear production to defend against inadequate tearing.

Dry eyes can be caused by a several factors. The first factor is age as most individuals that suffer from dry eyes are adults, particularly women during menopause. Dry eye syndrome can also be a side effect of many medications such as diuretics, antidepressants, blood pressure pills or others. Environmental conditions that are dry, or dry heat or air circulation are also known to cause or worsen dry eyes. In addition, some diseases such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis or others, prolonged sitting in front of a computer screen which can limit blinking, or use of contact lenses can contribute to dry eye syndrome.

Dry eye symptoms can often be improved by use of lubricating eye drops to add moisture. Your eye doctor can show you which eye drops to purchase and how to use them. If over the counter drops don’t help your doctor might prescribe Rx drops that stimulate tear production.

If eye drops don’t help, your optometrist might opt for Lacrisert, an insert placed inside the eyelid that lets out lubricants during the day. Another option could be punctual plugs which help keep the eye moist by restricting tear flow. Some eye care professionals may suggest you try ways for you to change your environment or your diet to reduce discomfort.

In the majority of cases, dry eyes do not cause any sustained harm but can be a nuisance. However, severe cases could make you more susceptible to infection so it is advised to consult with your optometrist.

If you are feeling dry, itchy, burning eyes, it could be dry eye syndrome so schedule a visit to your eye doctor today!


Our office will be opening on Monday, May 18th. We will be following all CDC guidelines as well as those recommended by our National and State Organizations including the KOA and AOA as well as the Governor of Kentucky. We will be adding to our protocol to ensure the safety of our patients and staff. Due to the recommendations, we are following, all patients will need to call from the parking lot when they arrive. We will ask you if you are running a fever, or have symptoms of COVID-19. We may even take your temperature to keep for our records. We will ask that you remain in your car until we notify you to come to our office.

All patients entering the building must wear a mask or face covering.

We ask for your patience over the next few months as we work to get our patients rescheduled that had to be canceled during the closure. We will not be working at full capacity for some time and realize this will most likely cause delays in getting people rescheduled. We will also not be taking walk-in patients and ask that you please call if you need to be seen to set up an appointment. Please know that we are doing everything we can to take care of our patients during these difficult times.

You now can order contacts from the convenience of your home on our website by clicking here.
If you do not know your current prescription, please email us at or call us at 859-271-6194.
If you have insurance you would like to use, you will need to call us and we will be happy to place the order for you and submit it to your insurance.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you all soon,

Dr. Jason Glenn and Staff