Dry Eye Therapy
in Austin, TX
Specialized Dry Eye Doctors in Austin, TX
Whether or not you’re familiar with the terms “dry eye disease” or “dry eye syndrome,” if you suffer from it, you know the soreness, discomfort, and irritation that can come with dry eyes. Even excessive tearing can be a sign of dehydrated, dry eyes that are desperate for proper hydration.
Our dry eye doctors at Bristol Family Eyecare are committed to approaching dry eye in a comprehensive way. Dry eye syndrome can be caused by a range of different factors. You deserve a team that will identify the underlying causes — not just the surface-level discomfort — and build a tailored treatment plan for you!
Our Austin, TX Dry Eye Doctors
Dan Bristol, O.D., and the rest of the team at Bristol Family Eyecare have years of experience diagnosing, managing, and treating dry eye in patients in Austin, keeping patient comfort as a top priority. Whether your case is mild or severe, our dry eye doctors can find the right solutions for your needs
What Is Dry Eye?
Dry eye is caused by tears not doing their job. Either the eye doesn’t produce enough of them, or tears evaporate too fast or don’t hydrate the eyes effectively. Your eyes may even overproduce “bad” tears, giving you watery eyes that are still uncomfortable.
Dry eye syndrome is a chronic, complex condition with multiple underlying causes, including eye and eyelid diseases, aging eyes, environmental factors, contact lenses, medications, eye surgeries and more. No matter the cause, most cases of dry eye have the following symptoms:
- dry, irritated, sore, inflamed, sensitive, itchy, burning, or otherwise uncomfortable eyes
- excessive tearing or watery eyes
- crusty or gunky eyes
- “foreign body” sensation, or the feeling of something being stuck in the eye
- blurry vision
How We Treat Dry Eye At Bristol Family Eyecare
Our Austin dry eye doctors use the latest diagnostic equipment to quickly and precisely pinpoint the cause and type of dry eye our patients are suffering from, and a range of advanced solutions to treat each individual case of dry eye.
Depending on the unique factors of your case, we may build a treatment plan made up of the following:
Meibomian glands in the eyelid create meibum (oil), which mixes with fluid in the tear gland and prevents tears from evaporating too quickly. Many cases of dry eye are caused by meibomian gland disease (MGD), in which these glands get backed up with oils. If you’re suffering from MGD, we may use a specialized tool that warms and massages these glands to gently get oil moving, clearing out blockages, and improving tear quality.
Vitamins to Support
Your diet plays a surprisingly large role in tear quality, and some of the most important nutrients for your eyes are omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s have been shown to help maintain clear vision, eye health, and tear quality. The best way to get meaningful quantities of omega-3s is to take specialized dry eye supplements as prescribed, which are formulated with nutrients that protect long-term eye and tear function.
Eye Drops and Artificial Tears
Some milder cases of dry eye can be resolved with changes in lifestyle and simple, at-home regimens. We relieve our patients’ dry eye symptoms with eye drops and artificial tears. These products work with your natural tears, restore the eye’s tear film, and remove the painful and gritty sensation that comes with dry eye.
Dry Eye Doctors at Bristol Family Eyecare
At Bristol Family Eyecare, our eye doctors take the time to make the experience all about you. We know that not every treatment is one-size-fits-all, and we’ll work with you to enrich your life with high-quality eye care!
Our dry eye specialists in Austin will take the time to understand your eyes and provide the best treatment for your unique dry eye syndrome. For comfortable and effective dry eye treatment, call Bristol Family Eyecare today.