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Dry Eye Treatment in Spring Branch

Offering Lasting Relief For Dry, Itchy & Gritty Eyes

(830) 980-3306

Tired of your eyes constantly watering?

Want to find a solution for your red, dry, itchy eyes?

Dry eye disease can seriously harm your quality of life. It can cause severe irritation and even infection in severe cases.

Symptoms of dry eye disease include:

  • Red, dry eyes
  • Itchiness in and around the eye
  • A gritty-feeling in the eye
  • Light sensitivity
  • Excessive watering of the eyes

Visit Hill Country Vision Center - Bulverde for effective and lasting dry eye relief.

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How Dry Eye Disease Develops & How to Treat It

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Dry eye disease is an increasingly common eye condition that can happen either because the eye is not producing enough tears, or because tears are evaporating too quickly, leaving the eyes without enough moisture to function comfortably.

This can happen for several reasons including allergies, side effects from medications, hormonal changes, and illness.

Depending on the cause and exact symptoms of your dry eyes, our Spring Branch eye doctors will be able to prescribe treatments and medications aimed at increasing the amount of tears your eye produces and/or slowing the evaporation of tears to better hydrate your eyes.

What Are the Main Causes of Dry Eye?

  • Aging

    Dry eye disease tends to affect people over the age of 50. This is because tear production slows as we age. As the lacrimal glands produce fewer tears, dry eye develops.

  • Hormonal changes

    It's not uncommon for some women to experience dry eye symptoms during pregnancy, menopause, or while using birth control pills. That's because hormone imbalances can reduce tear production.

  • Autoimmune disease

    Certain autoimmune diseases, like Sjögren’s syndrome, can cause white blood cells to attack your tear glands, thus reducing tear production. Other diseases like arthritis, lupus, and diabetes can also cause poor or insufficient tear production.

  • Medications

    Certain medications can reduce mucus production (one of the 3 tear components) thus contributing to chronic dry eye.

    They include antihistamines, antidepressants, diuretics, and beta-blockers.

Note that this is just a handful of causes. There are many other factors that can contribute to dry eye, including pollution and dry air, allergies, poor tear quality, dehydration, contact lens wear, and more.

Dry Eyes FAQs

Can I still wear contact lenses if I have dry eye syndrome?

Yes, some people can still wear contact lenses with dry eye syndrome. However, depending on its severity, you may need to carefully select the adequate contact lens for optimal clarity and comfort.

Oftentimes, because contact lenses sit on the eye, it's difficult for vital oxygen to reach the eye. This can worsen dry eye symptoms, and increase the risk of scratching or otherwise damaging your eye. Make sure to ask your eye doctor which contact lenses are most adapted to your condition.

Can dry eye syndrome be cured?

Unfortunately, there is no known cure for dry eye syndrome. There are, however, many treatment options that offer lasting dry eye relief.

Can dry eye syndrome cause blindness?

In rare extreme cases, dry eye syndrome can cause corneal ulcers. These ulcers can result in scarring on the eye, making it difficult for the cornea to focus light accurately. If left untreated, corneal ulcers and the associated scarring can result in blindness.

How can I prevent dry eye symptoms?

Below are a few tips that will help prevent dry eye symptoms:

  • Point fans, heaters, and air vents so that they don’t directly blow into your eyes
  • Eat foods high in omega-3 fatty acids
  • Stay properly hydrated
  • Take breaks during long tasks, especially those that require extended visual focus

Patient Reviews
209 Reviews
- Jul. 18, 2024
Everyone is so friendly and professional!
- Jul. 03, 2024
Wonderful , kind & patient Dr. & staff!
- May. 31, 2024
What a great place, love getting my glasses here
- May. 13, 2024
Great job, thank you!
- May. 12, 2024
Every since the very 1st time I walked into Hill Country Vision Center, I sure am HAPPY I did! All t... he ladies that work there are GENUINELY KIND & HELPFUL! These people REALLY DO CARE for YOU!😁👍
- Apr. 27, 2024
Great staff, and Dr Thomas prescribed the medicine for my itchy, burning eyes. I'll be back to see t... hem again.
- Apr. 25, 2024
Super friendly staff and quality care
- Mar. 28, 2024
Always outstanding professional and friendly service.
- Mar. 02, 2024
Very friendly staff! They were patient with my son and have a nice selection of frames. Scheduling i... s easy and they have great payment options for people like myself without insurance. Thank you!!
- Mar. 01, 2024
Dr. Thomas is expert at optometry
- Feb. 04, 2024
Friendly and professional staff and doctors. I felt very cared for.
- Jan. 11, 2024
Wonderful service! From the front desk all the way to Dr. Thomas and optician Jayme. They truly care... about your vision and needs.
- Dec. 30, 2023
Exceptional customer service and highly recommend.
- Dec. 30, 2023
Our first visit there and the front office ladies made it wonderful! Highly recommend. It's rare t... hese days to walk into a place and find happy employees. I will definitely recommend them to my friends and family!
- Dec. 29, 2023
Excellent doctor and wonderful staff ! My third year with Hill country vision and not disappointed! ... Highly recommend
- Dec. 18, 2023
Friendly & welcoming staff.
- Dec. 15, 2023
I was pleased with the Carring and Experience of the Staff. Dr Thomas is a thorough eye specialist i... n my opinion.
- Nov. 17, 2023
This team is very friendly, kind, knowledgeable, and patient! I highly recommend them!
- Oct. 26, 2023
This group of workers were so very kind and helpful when I really needed them. Thank you!!
- Oct. 22, 2023
Best eye doctor experience! Everyone was kind and accommodating for my needs. They really paid atten... tion to my concerns and educated me on some things I should watch out for. My glasses arrived faster than expected and they got them to me so quick. I felt really cared for here and I appreciate all they do! Thank you for everything!!!

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Dry Eyes Treatment in Spring Branch

Our optometry practice in Spring Branch

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