Eye Care Services
Family Eye Care in Fredericksburg
No matter what you need for your eyes, we’ll provide it! From expert contact lens fittings to comprehensive exams, we specialize at Eye Country in keeping your eyes healthy and your vision sharp. Our office in Fredericksburg is equipped with advanced technology and our eye doctors stay up-to-date with all the latest treatments, such as laser vision correction and corneal mapping. With a full range of family eye care services, we will give you a pleasant and efficient experience at Eye Country.
Regular eye evaluations are recommended for everyone, regardless of age or health condition. With the help of modern optometric tools, such as digital imagery and high-powered lenses, we will inspect your eyes. If you are diagnosed with an eye condition, such as diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, glaucoma or dry eyes, we will help manage it to alleviate any discomfort and to prevent vision problems in the future. For more information about our family eye services in please contact us in Fredericksburg. We’ll be pleased to meet with you, answer your questions and take a good look at your eyes!
Annual Eye Examinations
At Eye Country, our eye doctors and our paraoptometric assistants work together to provide comprehensive eye examinations. We use the latest in computer and laser instruments to ensure the best, most accurate result. Our examination will vary from patient to patient, depending on the health of the individual and their visual needs. Regardless of whether you have vision or eye complaints, it’s important to have eye evaluations performed yearly. With professional service and experience, we welcome you to schedule an eye exam in our office in Fredericksburg, TX.
Typically, our eye exam may include:
Medical History, Intraocular Pressure Measurement (for glaucoma detection), Computer Enhanced Refraction, Pachymetry (for evaluation of corneal diseases and glaucoma), Slit Lamp Examination (for microscopic evaluation of the front part of the eye), Pupillary Dilation (for cataract, retina and vitreal evaluation), Blood Pressure, Visual Field Test, Corneal Topography, Topography (for contact lens fitting and corneal disease), Total Vision Analysis and Retinal Tomography.
To diagnose many common eye diseases, we will use our OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) instrument to inspect your retina for any signs of macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease and glaucoma. A non-invasive procedure that utilizes light waves to take pictures of your retina, this is the most reliable way to diagnose ocular disease and abnormalities as early as possible, especially because symptoms are generally not experienced until a later stage. If your eye exam leads to the diagnosis of an eye disease, we’ll review your condition and meet with you to determine the best treatment for your individual case. Some conditions are treated effectively with medication, and surgery may also be advised.
Sharp eyesight is important for your quality of life, and we’ll ensure that your vision is as clear as can be! Using basic eye charts and refractive testing, vision screening is another significant part of our comprehensive eye exam. After our optometrists assess your vision prescription, we’ll discuss the most helpful vision correction for your lifestyle and requirements. Options include eyeglasses, contact lenses or refractive surgery. We’ll inform you of the pros and cons of each type, in our clinic in Fredericksburg, TX.
Children’s Eye Exams
Early identification of a child’s vision problem is crucial. Schedule your appointment today to ensure your child is seeing their very best.
Prepare Your Children for Their First Eye Exam!
Get your children ready for their first eye exam with this charming story about Howard the Hedgehog. Howard is Star Student this week and is excited to tell his classmates all about his first trip to the eye doctor. From a fun puppet show to cool 3-D glasses, Howard shows the class that visiting the eye doctor isn’t scary at all. It’s a lot of fun!
Dry Eye Treatment
Signs & Symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome
Persistent dryness, scratchiness and a burning sensation on your eyes are common symptoms of dry eye syndrome. These symptoms alone may be enough for your eye doctor to diagnose Dry Eye Syndrome. Sometimes, he or she may want to measure the amount of tears in your eyes. A thin strip of filter paper placed at the edge of the eye, called a Schirmer test, is one way of measuring this.
Some people with dry eyes also experience a “foreign body sensation” – the feeling that something is in the eye. And it may seem odd, but sometimes DES can cause watery eyes, because the excessive dryness works to overstimulate production of the watery component of your eye’s tears.
What Causes Dry Eyes?
In Dry Eye Syndrome, the tear glands that moisturize the eye don’t produce enough tears, or the tears have a chemical composition that causes them to evaporate too quickly.
Dry Eye Syndrome has several causes. It occurs:
- As a part of the natural aging process, especially among women over age 40.
- As a side effect of many medications, such as antihistamines, antidepressants, certain blood pressure medicines, Parkinson’s medications and birth control pills.
- Because you live in a dry, dusty or windy climate with low humidity.
If your home or office has air conditioning or a dry heating system, that too can dry out your eyes. Another cause is insufficient blinking, such as when you’re staring at a computer screen all day.
Dry eyes are also associated with certain systemic diseases such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, rosacea or Sjogren’s Syndrome (a triad of dry eyes, dry mouth, and rheumatoid arthritis or lupus).
Long-term contact lens wear, incomplete closure of the eyelids, eyelid disease and a deficiency of the tear-producing glands are other causes.
Dry Eye Syndrome is more common in women, possibly due to hormone fluctuations. Recent research suggests that smoking, too, can increase your risk of Dry Eye Syndrome. Dry eye has also been associated with incomplete lid closure following blepharoplasty – a popular cosmetic surgery to eliminate droopy eyelids.
Dry Eyes and LASIK
If you are considering LASIK, be aware that dry eyes may disqualify you for the surgery, at least until your dry eye condition is successfully treated. Dry eyes increase your risk for poor healing after LASIK, so most surgeons will want to treat the dry eyes first, to ensure a good LASIK outcome. This goes for other types of vision correction surgery, as well.
Cataracts is a disease of the eye that results in the clouding of the lens of the eyeball. Cataracts prevent clear images from appearing on the eye’s retina; causing mild, moderate, even severe blurred vision.
Typically an eye disorder associated with aging (over half of the people in America over age 80 have either had a cataract or cataract surgery), cataracts generally occur later in life as the lens structure within the human eye changes and gets older.
Cataract surgery is the removal of the natural lens of the eye (also called “crystalline lens”) that has developed an opacification, which is referred to as a cataract. Metabolic changes of the crystalline lens fibers over the time lead to the development of the cataract and loss of transparency, causing impairment or loss of vision. During cataract surgery, a patient’s cloudy natural lens is removed and replaced with a synthetic lens to restore the lens’s transparency.
Following surgical removal of the natural lens, an artificial intraocular lens implant is inserted (eye surgeons say that the lens is “implanted”). Cataract surgery is generally performed by an ophthalmologist (eye surgeon) in an ambulatory (rather than inpatient) setting, in a surgical center or hospital, using local anesthesia (either topical, peribulbar, or retrobulbar), usually causing little or no discomfort to the patient. Well over 90% of operations are successful in restoring useful vision, with a low complication rate. Day care, high volume, minimally invasive, small incision phacoemulsification with quick post-op recovery has become the standard of care in cataract surgery all over the world.
Glaucoma Testing & Treatment
What Is a Glaucoma Test?
Glaucoma is the generalized name for a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve of the eye, preventing the eye from sending accurate visual information to the brain. Glaucoma tests are designed to test your eyes for one of the key symptoms of the disease—increased eye pressure—however only a comprehensive eye exam can reveal whether or not you have glaucoma. Increased pressure inside the eye is often a key indicator of glaucoma, though not exclusively so. Eye doctors can use a number of tests for eye pressure, but will, by default, check for signs of glaucoma as part of a detailed examination of the retina—the light sensitive area at the back of the eye responsible for processing images.
How Does Glaucoma Testing Work?
A glaucoma test is usually part of a routine eye exam. Both types of glaucoma tests measure internal pressure of the eye.
One glaucoma test involves measuring what happens when a puff of air is blown across the surface of the eye. (A puff test) Another test uses a special device (in conjunction with eye-numbing drops) to “touch” the surface of the eye to measure eye pressure. While increased eye pressure is a key indicator of the disease, it does not necessarily mean you have a glaucoma diagnosis. In fact, the only way to detect glaucoma is to have a detailed, comprehensive eye exam that often includes dilation of the pupils.
So “true” glaucoma testing actually involves examining the retina and optic nerve at the back of the eye for signs of the disease.
Macular Degeneration Treatment
What Is Macular Degeneration?
There is currently no cure for macular degeneration. Macular degeneration treatment options exist that can slow the progress of the disease or improve vision based on the type of macular degeneration you are experiencing. To understand the risks and the limitations of all macular degeneration treatments, speak frankly with your eye doctor.
Dry macular degeneration treatment actually begins with routine eye exams, especially after age 60. The goal here is to catch the development of ARMD early. If detected, you may be prescribed a specific mix of high-dose zinc and antioxidants that have shown an ability to slow the progression of the disease. Wet macular degeneration treatment can include a number of options; including laser surgery, light-activated dyes that are injected into the circulatory system, or drugs injected directly into the eye that inhibit the growth of abnormal blood vessels that cause the wet form of the disease.
With any macular degeneration treatment, there are no guarantees that the disease can be stopped, no promises that a treatment won’t need to be repeated, and a sobering reminder that vision, once lost, is rarely restored.
Diabetic Retinopathy Treatment
95% of people diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy, if treated promptly, can avoid significant vision loss. Laser photocoagulation treatment seals off blood vessels that are leaking into the eye, and stops new blood vessels from growing. This laser treatment only takes a few moments, and is painless.
Sometimes in diabetic retinopathy blood leaks into the vitreous humor in the eye, clouding vision. Some eye doctors wait before choosing treatment, as the blood may dissipate by itself. Another treatment option is a vitrectomy, which removes blood that has already leaked into the vitreous humor. To improve the supply of blood to the core inner portion of the retina, a laser may be used to destroy tissue on the outside of the retina which is not essential for basic vision. This procedure is used to save vision.
Eye Disease Management
Eye Country makes it a policy to ensure that all staff members are up-to-date on the latest technology and techniques to make your visit as comfortable and effective as possible. As optometric technology changes, it is even more important to select an eye doctor who has all the right optometry qualifications and follows the latest developments in eye care.
Utilizing cutting edge technology we are diagnosing and managing, with greater precision, diseases like Glaucoma, Macular degeneration and Cataracts. Earlier and more precise diagnosis means earlier treatment and better outcomes. We are taking an aggressive approach to diseases that previously had few treatment options. Great advances have been made in the treatment of these diseases.
- Glaucoma Testing and Treatment: Glaucoma testing involves measuring internal eye pressure and a detailed scan of the retina for signs of disease.
- Cataract Surgery: Cataract surgery removes the natural lens of the eye that has become opaque, and replaces it with a synthetic lens.
- Macular Degeneration Treatment: Macular degeneration is an eye disease that affects the portion of the eye responsible for processing fine detail and providing sharp central vision (called the macula).
1102 North Llano Street, Suite A
Fredericksburg, TX, 78624-3507
Phone: (830) 997-0131
We are located on the corner of Llano Street and Mulberry.
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