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Dry Eye Treatment in Barrington

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 Tabak Optometry 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 Barrington 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 Barrington

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Hours
  • Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday Closed
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Saturday 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • EyeMed
  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Medicare
  • VSP
  • United Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Anthem
  • UMR
  • Humana Military & Tricare
  • Medicare Supplement
Patient Reviews
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- Oct. 17, 2022
Dr. Tabak is extremely knowledgeable and thorough. He explains what each individual eye test is for ... and what outcomes are in normal range and what to keep an eye out for in the future. Hi staff is friendly and efficient.
- Apr. 23, 2022
Just switched over from another eye care center and was very happy with our experience for the whole... family.
- Dec. 14, 2021
Very modern equipment, nice office and very good eye exam. Doctor has excellent communications skill... s. The doctor visit exceeded my expectations. I found the doctor using Google search. The positive reviews were well deserved. Highly recommended.
- Dec. 18, 2020
Wonderful eye doctor!!! Excellent cutting edge knowledge, in depth exam, above & beyond customer ser... vice from the entire staff. Very clean office, and perfect location.
- Nov. 28, 2020
Great and friendly doctor, and wonderful and friendly staff. Highly recommend! I plan on using the... m as my primary vision care from now on.
- Aug. 11, 2020
I've been coming here for years...great doctors, great staff, great eyewear!
- Nov. 01, 2019
Outstanding eye doctor, always ahead of the curve on new equipment, procedures and treatment. Examin... ations are always thorough with each step explained so the patient knows what is happening and what the results are. The office environment is comfortable with help and guidance from the full staff.....It has been a pleasure to have Dr. Tabak taking care of my Family for the past 20+ years....
- Oct. 15, 2019
Very efficient, yet thorough. Everyone is very friendly and helpful.
- Feb. 13, 2019
The exam was quick and accurate. Picking frames was painless. Dr. Tabak and the staff are friendly. ... I found a new eye doctor for the entire family.
- Jul. 03, 2018
My wife Julie and I have been seeing Dr. Tabak for years. Julie just had an appointment yesterday a... nd was very pleased with the thorough examination. Dr. Tabak always takes his time and answers all questions quickly and professionally!
- Aug. 27, 2016
Thank u Dr T.... For working me into ur schedule in less than 24 hours... Being sooo thorough... Exp... laining all the testing u did and diagnosing my eye problem... And of course injecting ur humor into my appointment.... See u next summer!
- Feb. 22, 2016
I've been a patient of Dr. Tabak since 1995. He and his staff have always provided the utmost in pr... ofessional, thorough optometry services. Dr. Tabak spends time listening to any concerns and/or new developments with my eyes and prescribes the appropriate next steps. I would highly recommend entrusting your optometry needs to Dr. Tabak and his caring staff.
- Feb. 15, 2016
Myself and my kids have been going to Dr. Tabak for years for eye exams and glasses.. I highly reco... mmend his services. He's friendly, will answer all your questions, and very knowledgeable.
- Feb. 15, 2016
I have been a patient of Dr. Tabak for 4 years and his knowledge and professional care has been outs... tanding. I value his opinion and direction in my eye care. Thank you Dr. Tabak. Nancy Schachtschneider
- Dec. 08, 2014
Dr. Tabak has been our family optometrist for almost 20 years. He takes a personal interest in each... of his patients and invests the time to provide a thorough examination, while explaining the purpose of each procedure. Highly recommend.
- Jul. 24, 2013
I have been going to Dr. Tabak for a years and always appreciate the professional service of Dr. Tab... ak and his friendly staff. He has even helped me when I was on vacation and needed a perscription that he called into a pharmacy. Larry is a pro and has helped me avoid bad frames and pick out good frames over the years.
- Aug. 04, 2010
Nice, honest guy, clean facility, good staff; I have been going to him since I was a kid [starting w... earing glasses/contacts at an early age].

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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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