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Main Office Four Corners Eye Clinic 575 Rivergate Lane #212 Durango, CO 81301 Phone: (970) 259-2202 Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Satellite Office Farmington Location 3450 E Main St Farmington, NM 87402 Phone: (970) 259-2202 Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Satellite Office Cortez Location 22 S Beech St Cortez, CO 81321 Phone: (970) 259-2202 Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Satellite Office Pagosa Springs Location 190 Talisman Dr Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 Phone: (970) 259-2202 Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Dry Eye Treatment
At our clinic in arid Durango, Colorado, dry eye may be one of the most common conditions we treat. When your eyes feel excessively dry, scratchy, or uncomfortable, it can be tough to focus on much else. At Four Corners Eye Clinic, our physicians offer a full range of dry eye treatment options, from simple prescription drops to advanced in-office procedures. See why dry eye patients from Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and the entire Four Corners region trust us with their vision and eye health.
What Is Dry Eye?
The name of this condition is pretty self-explanatory: It is an uncomfortable condition that makes the eyes feel noticeably dry. Although dry eye can be a side effect of certain medications or other medical conditions, very often it develops on its own. Tears play a vital role in eye health, so if you’re struggling with dry eye, it’s important to have your condition medically evaluated and treated.
Types of Dry Eye
Generally speaking, the symptoms of dry eye can be related to quality or quantity of tear production. To understand dry eye, it’s important to understand how the eye lubricates itself and the purpose tears serve.
Tears aren’t just salt water. Instead, they contain 3 layers: an outermost oily layer, a watery middle layer, and an innermost mucus-based layer. The mucus layer helps distribute the tear across the eye with each blink, while the oil layer prevents the tear from evaporating too quickly.
Every time you blink, your tears refresh your eyes anew, providing important lubrication and protection from foreign matter. Once the tears have served their purpose, they’re drained through small ducts in the corners of the eyes.
Although 3 different glands around the eyes produce the 3 components of tears, a malfunction in the lacrimal glands, which produce the watery component, is often responsible for dry eye.
Symptoms & Risk Factors
Symptoms of dry eye can be quite varied, but they often include 1 or more of the following:
- Feeling as if you have something in your eye
- Bothersome stinging or burning sensations
- Trouble wearing your contact lenses
- Occasional blurry vision, pain, or redness
- Eyes that are easily fatigued when reading, driving, or working on the computer
Dry eye tends to affect older adults, although it can occur at any age. In addition to certain medications, such as decongestants and antidepressants, dry eye symptoms can be caused by hormonal fluctuations, medical conditions such as diabetes, or environmental and lifestyle factors including living in a dry or windy climate or spending a lot of time on the computer.
Although dry eye isn’t typically a sight-threatening condition, it can be quite uncomfortable and lead to infection and other secondary conditions. When you visit Four Corners Eye Clinic, your physician carefully examines your eyes, including the skin surrounding the eyes and the movements your eyes make when you blink. Depending on the cause and severity of your symptoms, your physician may recommend 1 or a combination of the following treatments:
- Prescription or over-the-counter drops: There are a number of different lubricating eye products on the market today, including drugstore artificial tears and prescription-only products that reduce inflammation in addition to adding moisture. Your physician can recommend the one that’s best for you.
- In-office procedures: Most in-office procedures for dry eye are quick, comfortable, and effective. These range from temporarily plugging the drainage ducts to expressing the glands that produce the oil component of tears. These glands can occasionally become clogged and create dry eye symptoms.
- Home care: There are some steps you can take on your own to reduce the symptoms of dry eye. These include making an effort to blink more frequently, especially when you’re working on the computer, investing in high-quality sunglasses that shield your eyes from wind as well as sun, and taking care to remove all of your eye makeup and thoroughly wash your face at the end of the day.
Meet Our Physicians
Eric Meyer, M.D.
Board certified in ophthalmology since 2001, Dr. Meyer is an experienced specialist and genuinely enjoys educating and caring for patients. A Minnesota native, Dr. Meyer has trained at clinics in Milwaukee and Pittsburgh before finally settling in Durango in 2001. In his spare time, he's an avid outdoorsman and understands the role that healthy vision plays in the Four Corners lifestyle.
Joshua Zastrocky, M.D.
A board-certified glaucoma specialist, Dr. Zastrocky has spent much of his professional life researching and mastering treatments for this common condition. After graduating, he trained with leaders in the field at the University of California, Davis, medical center. He's pleased to bring those skills to patients at Four Corners Eye Clinic. Dr. Zastrocky is a Colorado native, and he and his wife are happy to raise their 7 children in his home state.
Karyn Teel, M.D.
Although Dr. Teel offers a variety of eyecare services, she's Four Corners' go-to for diagnosing and treating retinal diseases. She's a member of the American Society of Retina Specialists and is especially adept at treating retinal detachment, diabetic retinopathy, and other retinal conditions. Dr. Teel also has a passion for serving the medical needs of the larger global community and has worked in Africa and Asia. Outside of the office, she loves spending time in the great outdoors with her husband.
John P. Brach, M.D.
Dr. Brach completed medical school with honors and went on to train at the world-famous Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. While Dr. Brach is a well-rounded ophthalmologist, he’s particularly interested in cataract surgery and comprehensive eye care. A native Coloradan, Dr. Brach enjoys the outdoors with his wife, their son and an adopted canine.
David Bishop, M.D.
As a board-certified ophthalmic plastic surgery specialist, Dr. Bishop offers both cosmetic and medical eyecare to the diverse people of the Four Corners region. A graduate of Oklahoma State University, he also works as a clinical professor at Denver Health. Dr. Bishop's years of experience make him a seasoned authority on the diagnosis and treatment of eye disease.Learn More Appointment Request