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As your local Austin eye doctor, the team at Westlake Hills Vision Center is proud to provide advanced eye health and vision correction services to patients of all ages. With a unique one-on-one approach to patient care and years of combined experience, our optometry team has all of the tools necessary to help you find relief from chronic dry eye syndrome.
This common eye condition is caused by a chronic lack of moisture and lubrication on the surface of the eyes. While severity of symptoms can vary from patient to patient, the consequences of untreated dry eye can range from a subtle but constant irritation to significant inflammation and even scarring on the surface of the eyes.
Dry eye syndrome is very common and one of the major reason that patients visit our Austin eye doctor each year. In fact, more than 48 percent of Americans aged 18 and older complain of common dry eye symptoms.
Some of the most common symptoms that indicate you may be suffering from chronic dry eyes include:
Other common symptoms of dry eye also include aching sensations, heavy or fatigued eyes and eye soreness. Certain patients also complain of a symptom that feels like grit or some other material is actually “in” the eye. This is often referred to as foreign body sensation and can make reading, driving and looking at computer screens especially difficult. If you are experiencing any combination of these symptoms, it is a good idea to schedule an eye exam with our experienced optometrist.
While many patients that have had LASIK or cataract surgery are most likely to experience dry eyes. Other issues can cause dry eye to present in patients with otherwise healthy eyes and perfect vision. Most commonly, glands on or near the eye are unable to produce adequate moisture or sufficient lubrication to protect the surface of the eye, causing a variety of irritating symptoms.
Common factors that can increase your risk for dry eyes include:
Depending on which area of the eye is not performing properly, patients may experience different symptoms than another family member who has dry eye syndrome. Your specific type of dry eye will determine which course of treatment is recommended by our eye doctors.
If you think you may have dry eye syndrome, our optometrist will perform several eye tests to confirm which type of dry eye you are experiencing. In many cases, chronic dry eye can easily be treated with the routine use of artificial tears and minor lifestyle changes. However, in more severe cases, our eye doctor may recommend prescription eye medications and in-office procedures to help promote moisture production that will help relieve your most painful symptoms.
Are you or a loved one experiencing the irritating and painful symptoms of dry eye syndrome? If you are ready to get relief from dry eye and start enjoying your favorite activities again without irritation, our experienced optometry team is here to help. Call 512-651-5186 or visit the team at Westlake Hills Vision Center online for more information on our treatment options and schedule an appointment today!
New patients receive co-pay waiver upon first visit!
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