Dr. Shane Clark offers diagnosis and treatment for dry eyes at his practice, Infinity EyeCare, in Rapid City, South Dakota. Dry eye syndrome is a fairly common condition that is characterized by inadequate or poor quality tears. Tears protect your eyes, so you should have regular eye exams and treatment -- when needed -- for dry eyes.
Dry eye syndrome is a condition where a person either doesn’t produce enough tears or the tears they produce are of poor quality. Tears are critical to maintaining the health of your cornea and enabling you to see clearly. When you blink, tears spread across your eyes to keep your corneas lubricated, wash away debris, and keep the surface of your eyes smooth. Patients with dry eye syndrome may experience itching or burning eyes, feeling like something is in their eye, excessive watering, or blurred vision. If left untreated, the corneas can become damaged and impair vision.
As you age, the glands around your eyes may stop producing tears. Wind and dry climates can also contribute to the problem, as tears may evaporate too quickly. Your tears may be of poor quality because your eyes have an insufficient amount of:
The condition is more common in women due to the hormonal changes of pregnancy, birth control, and menopause. It also becomes more common as you age. Certain medications and medical conditions can also contribute to dry eyes. Long-term contact use can also cause dry eyes as well as refractive eye surgeries.
Dr. Clark treats dry eyes with a variety of techniques, depending on the cause of the condition and the patient’s eye health, including:
If inflammation is an issue, Dr. Clark may suggest using warm compresses, eyelid massage, and eyelid cleaners to keep the delicate skin around the eyes clean and healthy, and reducing inflammation around the surface of the eyes. If you’re suffering from dry eyes, please call or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Clark at Infinity EyeCare.
We will gladly submit your visit to your insurance provider directly for all covered services if you are able to supply an updated proof of insurance at the time of your visit. Please call our office to find out if we are a listed provider with your medical or vision plan. Any co-pays or co-insurances are due at the time of service. Any remaining balance not covered by your insurance provider will be your responsibility and due upon receipt of your first invoice. Please be aware that some of the services we provide may not be covered by insurance. We are currently in the process of being added to insurance providers' panels. Check back regularly to see if we have been added to your insurance plan as a provider. If you don't see your insurance listed, please call the office for the most up-to-date listings.
"My visit with Dr. Clark was great. Was easy to get a quick appointment. He clearly explained the exam process. Would recommend to anyone in Rapid City."
"Excellent care!! Dr. Clark is very knowledgeable, caring, and very personable! I highly recommend Infinity Eye Care for all your eye care needs!!"
"I love this office. Dr. Clark was funny, efficient, and has the latest technology to ensure the most accurate prescription. Glasses selection was great."
"This place is amazing! Super clean, modern environment. HUGE selection of frames that are extremely well priced!"
"I took my younger son for his glasses and the optometrist was amazing with his exam. I would 100% recommend them and will use them in the future."
"Dr. Clark and Jess are amazing!!! The selection of glasses are really good and I have found several pairs. Thank you for making the whole experience enjoyable!"
"So impressed with the thorough exam! Diagnosed with dry eyes & great detailed explanation for treatment. Thanks Infinity Eye Care!!"
"Extremely kid friendly! My whole family had an awesome experience with Dr. Clark. We will definitely be back!"
"Dr. Clark was very thorough and knowledgable. The receptionist was friendly and helped pick out great frames. Highly recommended!"
"Infinity EyeCare made it fun and easy for our little girl to pick out her very first pair of glasses. Friendly staff and great prices!"