Dry Eyes

Dry eye syndrome can lead to redness, itchiness, irritation, and soreness. This can severely affect your well-being and vision quality.

Choate Eye Associates uses the latest tools and techniques to diagnose, treat, and manage severe cases of chronic dry eye.

Call or write to our board-certified doctor to request the elite dry eye treatment that patients in Nashville, Goodlettsville, and Hendersonville, TN, rely on.

Understanding Dry Eye and Why It Happens

Dry eye has different causes, and each will determine which type of treatment you need. Dr. Walter Choate and his team will determine what kind of dry eye you're suffering from and then develop a treatment plan just for you.


Dry eyes can be just a minor annoyance, but they can also be the symptom of more serious eye issues. If you experience dry eyes or sudden changes to your vision, it is best to get it checked out as soon as possible. Call our eye clinic or request an appointment online today:

(615) 851-7575

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Marilyn Jenkins

Goodlettsville, TN


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Finally! After more than 20+ years of yearly eye exams only Dr Choate discovered my chronic dry eye. I was told it was pink eye. Then I was told it was allergies. Nothing worked even a few prescriptions. Now I am on the road to relief and more comfortable vision. Words fail to express my gratitude to Dr Choate and his staff. 

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Diane Andolina

Goodlettsville, TN


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I was referred to Dr Choate by another ophthalmologist for dry eyes. I am extremely pleased with the results of his care. He is very intelligent and takes his time to ensure he is prescribing the best treatment. He runs on time and his staff is great! My eyes are so much better now!

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Dry Eye Is More Common Than You Think

As of 2022, research has estimated that 16 million Americans have dry eye.

Source: National Eye Institute

Given the prevalence of dry eye symptoms among Americans of all ages, it's a good idea to visit Dr. Choate for an eye exam. Using advanced technology, he can determine the cause or causes of your dry eye.

Dry Eye Treatment Can Improve Your Quality of Life

There are many benefits to undergoing professional dry eye treatment. Our patients typically report the following improvements thanks to their custom treatment plan.

Greater Comfort

Proper treatment means you no longer have to deal with irritation, burning, or the feeling of something caught in your eyes. You can go about your day normally and comfortably.

Reduced Redness

Now that your eyes are soothed and properly lubricated, they won't appear raw, bloodshot, or fatigued. This can work wonders for your appearance and overall self-image.

Better Vision Quality

Dry eye treatment prevents blurry vision and poor night vision. You'll see clearly again and can enjoy reading, hikes, and other physical activities without any hassles.

Restored Ability to Wear Contact Lenses

Chronic dry eye keeps many people from wearing their contact lenses. After dry eye treatment, you can wear contact lenses normally without itchiness or excessive tearing.

Schedule a Consultation We Offer Advanced Dry Eye Treatment and Management

Dr. Choate is board-certified in the treatment and management of eye diseases such as dry eye. He has provided the communities of Nashville, TN, Goodlettsville, and Hendersonville with compassionate eye care and vision enhancement since 1979. This dedication has made our practice one of the most trusted and respected centers in the state of Tennessee.

Dr. Choate's experience has led him to be an FDA investigator for the latest contact lenses, pharmaceuticals, and other ophthalmic equipment. His patients get access to these exciting new treatments before anyone else in the South.

If you live in the Nashville area and would like more information about treating dry eye and other eye conditions, contact our practice online. You can also call our team at:

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Our team customizes each dry eye treatment to the patient's unique needs to ensure the best results.

"They are like family." What Nashville Patients Are Saying


Reginald Cartmell

Goodlettsville, TN


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Choate Eye Associates is truly a gem in the world of eye care, and I say this from over 25 years of personal experience. My family has trusted them for over 30 years, a testament to the exceptional service they provide. Dr. Choate and his team go beyond being healthcare providers; they are like family. 

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mary wells

Goodlettsville, TN


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Dr. Choate is very thorough and knowledgeable. He stays up to date on new technologies and treatments. The staff are attentive and helpful. Tammy and Barbara in optical are fantastic at getting the glasses just right.

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Cost and Payment Options for Dry Eye Treatment

We help people throughout the Nashville area experience healthy eyes and better vision every day. This includes going over payment options for the treatments they need.
  • Cost of Treatment

    Since there are many ways to manage dry eye, the cost of treatment will vary. During your consultation, we'll provide a full cost breakdown of your procedure and discuss potential alternatives that may be more affordable.
  • Financing Is Available

    While some treatments are covered by insurance, other treatments, such as LipiFlow and ThermiEyes, are not. If you are unable to pay for these treatments upfront, we are glad to help you apply for CareCredit®, a financing option that can allow you to pay for treatment in low-interest and interest-free installments.
  • Insurance Coverage

    Medical insurance may cover some of your dry eye treatment, reducing the final out-of-pocket cost. Keep in mind that coverage and policies vary. We'll work with you and your insurance provider so you can receive quality care.
  • Save Money in the Long Run

    Because many of the treatments for this condition are simple and non-invasive, treating dry eye is generally more cost-effective than addressing other ocular diseases that can occur if you leave dry eye untreated. By seeking out treatment early on, you can prevent the need for more costly treatments in the future.

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The average cost range for dry eye treatment at our Goodlettsville, TN, office ranges between $200 and $1,500. The price of treatment will vary from patient to patient depending on the treatment plan.

The best way to find out how much your unique treatment plan will cost is to visit our office. Call us or request a consultation online to learn more:

(615) 851-7575

"Top notch from the front desk to the back door!" More Shining Reviews From Our Goodlettsville Patients


Karen Buchanan

Goodlettsville, TN


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Dr Choate and his friendly staff take great care of me and my eyes. Takes time with me, cares about me and very knowledgeable in what they do. Have up to date technology for accurate diagnosis. Great eye care here!

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Steffany Spry

Goodlettsville, TN


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Top notch from the front desk to the back door! Perfect solution for your eye care needs. They are problem solvers. 

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Dry Eye and Advanced Age

The prevalence of dry eye disease among 18 to 34-year-olds was 2.7% compared to 18.6% among adults age 75 and older.

Source: The American Journal of Ophthalmology

Advanced age is just one of many risk factors associated with dry eye syndrome. That's why it's important for older patients to undergo regular exams. Dr. Choate can identify signs of dry eye disease and other ocular conditions.

Are You at Risk for Dry Eye Syndrome?

Certain conditions make dry eye more likely. Be mindful of these dry eye risk factors, and reach out to our Nashville area center for an exam if you suffer from any symptoms.

Advanced Age

As people grow older, changes in hormones and other wellness factors can lead to changes in tear composition, reduced tear production, and other issues that could make dry eye more likely.

Certain Medical Conditions

Dry eye is linked to a number of health conditions, including diabetes, thyroid disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Sjogren's syndrome, scleroderma, and nutritional deficiencies.

Use of Certain Medications

People who take certain medications run a higher risk of developing dry eye. These drugs include antihistamines, antidepressants, hormones, blood pressure medications, and birth control.

Prior Laser Eye Surgery

LASIK, PRK, and other laser vision correction patients may experience dry eye as a surgical side effect. Eye doctors screen for dry eye syndrome prior to refractive surgery to avoid complications.


Blepharitis (eyelid inflammation) can cause the build-up of debris in your tear film, preventing you from keeping your eyelids moist and causing dry eye symptoms.

Contact Our Eye Doctor for a Diagnosis

With more than four decades of experience, Dr. Choate is proud to provide some of the finest eye care and optometric services from our our Goodlettsville office, serving Hendersonville and nearby communities. Quality care has remained his focus throughout his career. Dr. Choate is a proud member of numerous eye care organizations, including:

  • American Academy of Optometry
  • American Optometric Association
  • National Board of Examiners in Optometry

For more information about the latest treatment options for dry eye in the Nashville area, contact Choate Eye Associates online. You can also schedule a consultation by phone at:

(615) 851-7575

Dr. Choate can help you properly diagnose your condition and get the treatment you deserve.

"The Doctor and all his staff are VERY professional, took the time to explain every question I had. Since I'm am getting of a certain age and am diabetic I received a very thorough examination which other practices either do not feel is necessary or cannot provide." - Gator Busman, 2024

"Profound visit!" Reviews for Nashville's Leading Eye Care Physician


P Johnson

Goodlettsville, TN


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Superior eyecare. Seriously. Have years of experience with different optometrists (they were all good), so recognize “superior” qualifications. Husband has VERY bad vision, and associated issues. He was impressed with my account of my experience with Choate, so he went to see them … wow…I am so grateful we stumbled onto Choate….my husband is actually getting help with his vision issues.

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JD Crockett

Goodlettsville, TN


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Profound visit! I went to see Dr Choate hoping to get help with Dry Eye and hoping he might be able to help or tell me where to go to get help with what I had been told were sinus headaches. When I finished my appointment, my first visit to Dr Choate, I had been diagnosed and had ordered special eye ware designed to help with a number of problems I experience daily, but had no idea were related, and had a new appointment to address my dry eye issue. 

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Tailoring Dry Eye Treatment to the Patient

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Personalized care is essential for relieving all kinds of conditions that affect your vision quality and health. Our team of vision care experts always puts your needs first so you can see clearly and rest easy.

Common Treatment Options

There are many ways to treat dry eye syndrome and manage its symptoms. Dr. Choate and the team at our center serving Nashville and surrounding cities will determine the ideal treatment or combination of treatments to help you experience better vision and health. Some of our most common treatments include:
  • Artificial Tears

    Artificial tears are a common way to manage dry eye syndrome. Patients use these lubricating eye drops to soothe dryness and irritation. In some cases, artificial tears combined with lifestyle modifications are sufficient to treat dry eye syndrome.
  • Prescription Eye Drops

    Eye drops such as RESTASIS®, Xiidra®, Lotemax, or doxycycline may be prescribed in order to treat dry eye syndrome. These medicated eye drops, which are different than over-the-counter artificial tears, provide lubrication and symptom relief.
  • Punctal Plugs

    Punctal plugs are small devices placed into the tear ducts. By blocking the ducts, moisture coating the surface of the eyes will not drain away. Punctal plugs effectively prevent dry eye by keeping existing moisture in place longer.
  • LipiFlow

    LipiFlow® is a nonsurgical dry eye treatment that treats meibomian gland blockages and dysfunction. The gentle combination of heat and pressure unblocks the glands in less than 15 minutes, reducing the severity of dry eye episodes.
  • ThermiEyes

    ThermiEyes® is similar to LipiFlow in that it also treats meibomian gland dysfunction in about 15 minutes. ThermiEyes warms, soothes, and unblocks the meibomian glands by delivering safe radiofrequency energy along the eyelids.
  • Intense Pulsed Light

    Intense pulsed light (IPL) is a non-invasive treatment that uses light to express buildup in the meibomian glands. With this treatment, multiple sessions are needed to see substantial and lasting results. About one to four initial treatments are recommended for at least three months of uninterrupted improvement of dry eye disease symptoms. When symptoms begin to return, the treatment can be repeated. 
  • Low-Level Light Therapy

    Low-level light therapy (LLLT) is another treatment we offer at our office. LLLT uses various types of LED wavelengths to reduce inflammation in the area and eradicate harmful bacteria that could be contributing to your condition. Originally used in dermatology, LLLT is an ideal treatment to manage pain associated with dry eyes and promote tissue regeneration. 

Choose a Dry Eye Center That Offers Comprehensive Treatments

Treating dry eye syndrome begins with determining the cause. Following your initial consultation, Dr. Choate will do a complete dry eye work-up to analyze tear quantity, tear quality, and gland function. This will enable him to determine the most effective course of treatment for your case. Our other treatments include:

  • Hot compresses such as the BRUDER® Moist Heat Eye Compress 
  • Antibiotic eyelid scrubs such as OCuSOFT®
  • Antioxidants and fish oil high in EPA/DHA/GLA and astaxanthin
  • An anti-inflammatory diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins 
  • Multiple types of artificial tears and steroids, including SYSTANE® ULTRA, SYSTANE BALANCE, SYSTANE Preservative-Free, SYSTANE Gel Drops, SYSTANE Nighttime Ointment, REFRESH® OPTIVE, REFRESH OPTIVE Advanced Preservative-Free, REFRESH Liquigel, and REFRESH Lacri-lube Ointment
  • Blinking exercises 

Through proper diagnosis and custom treatment plans, Dr. Choate has helped many patients achieve relief from their symptoms — for good.

Contact Our Vision Center  Relieve Your Dry Eye Symptoms—For Good

Whether he is treating dry eye or helping patients select the right glasses or contact lenses for their needs, Dr. Choate remains a leader in quality eye care for people in the Nashville, TN, area.

Dr. Choate and his dedicated staff are always thorough and warm, making everyone feel welcome and comfortable with each visit. We put you first and focus on your current vision needs as well as your lasting wellness.

Do you live in Hendersonville or nearby? For more information about lasting relief from dry eye syndrome, contact Choate Eye Associates online. You can also reach our Goodlettsville office by phone at:

(615) 851-7575

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Choate Eye Associates has been delivering high-quality, compassionate eye care to the Nashville community since 1979. We are affiliated with various leading organizations in the field, including: 

  • American Academy of Optometry
  • American Optometric Association 
  • National Board of Examiners in Optometry 

To schedule a consultation at our practice, call us at (615) 851-7575 or request an appointment online

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"I am very pleased with the attention I received at Choate Eye Associates. Dr. Choate is very thorough and does a wonderful job of explaining what he is doing and what he is looking for in the exam." Dianal - Comprehensive Eye Care Patient

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