Dry eye are caused by a lack of moisture. This can occur if the tear ducts are damaged or if they become blocked. Tear production can also begin to decrease as a person ages. Dry eye can additionally be caused by the use of certain types of medications. Antihistamines that are taken to help control allergies are often responsible for drying up the tear ducts, much in the same way that they dry up the sinuses. Health conditions like arthritis can also affect the body's ability to produce tears. The condition cannot be prevented, but it can be effectively treated through the use of eye drops and laser procedures used to re-open tear ducts.
A lack of sufficient moisture that results in dry eyes can eventually lead to vision damage. Eyes that are constantly red and irritated or feel as if they're full of dust or sand may be an indication of dry eyes. A strong burning sensation can also indicate that the surface of the eye isn't sufficiently moisturized. If the conditions persist, blurred or hazy vision may occur. Over time, the continued dryness may cause scar tissue to form on the surface of the eye resulting in a permanent loss of vision. If these symptoms persist for long periods, it's extremely important to visit an ophthalmologist to receive treatment.
There are many treatment options that can correct the discomfort of dry eye. Learning to blink more often will help keep the eyes moisturized and well-hydrated. Increasing the level of humidity in the home or workplace may also help. Eye drops and lubricating ointments can also be extremely effective. If the condition persists, the doctor may permanently close the drainage ducts that allows tears and moisture to drain from the eye. If the tear ducts are blocked, the doctor may attempt to open them with the use of a laser or surgical procedure.
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"Convenient location and parking. I love that they disinfect all the equipment right in front of you before your face and chin touch all their eye testing equipments."
"Went in for a complete eye exam. The front desk staff were wonderful, very friendly and extremely helpful. the technicians in the back were extremely courteous..."
"Fantastic clinic. They took us in immediately on a Monday morning for concerning eye issues that developed right before the weekend...5 stars for sure!!!"
"Drs. Dai & Wollen of The Eye Physicians of Austin literally gave me back my sight!! I can't recommend these & all the doctors at The Eye Physicians of Austin enough!!!"
"Wow! They're so nice. I even had a nurse to hold my hand while some work was being done on my eye! Now, how sweet is that?"
"Dr. Peter Wollan walks on water, as far as I'm concerned. He did cataract surgery on my right eye and the results are amazing. If there were 10 stars, I'd give them."
"My wife and I have had great experiences with Eye Physicians of Austin. We've been seeing Dr. Buckingham for several years and she's always treated us well."
"I love this place. I see Dr. Dai and have seen Dr. Pierce before and they are both great doctors."
"Dr. Dai was great, super nice, had a great smile and talked to me in a way that was easy to understand!"
"Dr. Pearce who was calm, patient and kind when I was freaking out. He not only saved my eyeball, I see just as well as I did before. 20/20 with correction."
"Day 1 Lasik seeing perfectly. Much thanks to Dr. Pierce and Eric as its been seamless."
"I've been a glaucoma patient for over 30 years, n that time, I've learned how to tell the good from the bad glaucoma doctors, and Dr Wollan is definitely a good one."
"I recently saw doctor Khan Farooqui, an amazing person and physician really enjoyed his feedback for me and his medical attention."
"Dr. Wollan is outstanding. He took the time to explain my situation and the action that needs to be taken to prevent further damage."
" Dr. Pierce is personable and extremely competent. I can't recommend him or this practice enough."
"Dr. Dai removed a small piece of wire from right eye and I felt no pain. The eye soon healed and my 20-20 vision was returned."
"My husband and I have seen Dr. Plunkett at Eye Physicians of Austin for several years and we've received excellent care."
"Very professional operation. Dr. Buckingham is a great doctor with a pleasant manner. Wait times are reasonable and communication with the front desk is smooth."
"I will probably be seeing Dr. Wollan for some time and what better place than Eye Physicians of Austin!"