Welcome to Eyecare Center of Madison in Madison, SD
Since 1949, the Eyecare Center of Madison has been the leader and preferred provider of quality vision care products and personalized optometric services to our patients in Madison and the surrounding areas.
Our optometric experts stay up to date with the rapid progress of medicine and technology, so you benefit from precise diagnoses and optimal treatments. Many common eye diseases, such as macular degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma, do not present symptoms until a late stage. For early detection and effective medical treatment of eye disease, visit our highly qualified and skilled eye doctors regularly for a comprehensive eye exam.
Q&A with Our Doctors | Dry Eye Syndrome
Dry eye can cause quite a few symptoms, anything from the eyes actually feeling dry to the eyes watering often, or having a burning, itchy, or irritated feeling. One of the most common symptoms is the eyes feeling gritty or like something is in your eye. Most people will often experience blurred vision since the tears, which comprise the outermost surface of the eye, are unstable.
Dry eyes are one of the most common problems people have with their eyes. That's why when you go to the supermarket you see literally hundreds of different options of eye drops for the eyes. However, many of these drops do not solve the problem they just cover the symptoms and this could cause major problems down the road. The two worst drops to use are Visine and/or clear eyes or anything of those families. They have a drug in them that just constrict blood vessels so that it does get the red out but it does not get to the root of the problem which is causing the dry eye. For proper dry eye treatment you need to have your eyes looked at by an eye care professional and they will develop a program for you to address the problem properly. Normally in run-of-the-mill dry eye you start to develop symptoms early and it could just be a dry scratchy feeling, or a foreign body sensation or just grittiness. These symptoms can get worse towards the end of the day and also can sometimes be exacerbated by wearing contact lenses. A lot of people blame their contact lenses, however it has nothing to do with the contact lenses because it is the underlying dry eye issue that is the main problem. Here at our offices we do the artificial tears and some other special drops that help with the symptoms however normally we like to employ a procedure called punctal plugs, a small collagen plug is placed into the tear duct to slow down the out flow of tears off of your ocular surface. This will help keep your natural tear film at a higher level allowing your eyes to be hydrated like they're supposed to be through the day consistently. The problem with just doing regular artificial tears drops is that when I prescribe it, it has to be done six to eight times a day and a lot of patients have a hard time sticking to the treatment regimen. The beauty about the punctal plugs s that once they are in place it is like a "set it and forget it" type of therapy. It is acting and the patient doesn't even know it is working. We re-evaluate every 6 months and this has saved a lot of my contact lens patients from dropping out of contact lenses completely.
Dry eyes are caused by many factors. If you know you have dry eyes, try to pay attention to what makes them feel better or worse. For example, do not blow your hair dryer directly towards your eyes. Add moisture to the air with a humidifier. Use eye protection outdoors like wrap around sunglasses or other protective eyewear. Be mindful of changes in your environment (traveling). Position your computer screen below eye level. Stop smoking and avoid smoky areas. Supplement with lubricating eye drops and Omega 3 (orally).
If you experience loss of vision, double vision, swelling, infection or any eye emergency, contact us immediately for guidance. We’ll help you with the best treatment to prevent complications and promote long-lasting clear eyesight.
Please call our office at: 605-256-6911 for further instructions. Use your best judgment on urgency, if you feel the need to find the nearest emergency room.