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Dry Eye Treatment in Fredericksburg

Offering Lasting Relief For Dry, Itchy & Gritty Eyes

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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 Eye Country 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 Fredericksburg 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 Treatment in Fredericksburg

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Hours
  • Monday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Spectera
  • EyeMed
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross
  • Metlife
Patient Reviews
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- Sep. 22, 2023
They have gotten us in on two different ,last minute emergency visits and were great! Also, regular ... visits for the family. Highly recommend
- Sep. 21, 2023
Great experience and friendly staff. All go out of their way to make the eye exam and eye glass purc... hase a happy experience.
- Aug. 30, 2023
friendly and competent
- Aug. 18, 2023
Nothing beats great service and customer service and welcoming facility.
- May. 21, 2023
I loved it and professional and friendly service.
- Apr. 17, 2023
The best in the area!
- Apr. 09, 2023
Wonderful doctor, super-competent and friendly staff! I’m so thankful to Dr. Oosterbaan and all of... the staff at Eye Country for helping me keep my vision healthy! Thank you!
- Jan. 30, 2023
My wife and I enjoyed a very positive experience during our eye exams during our appointments at Eye... Country. We thoroughly enjoyed meeting Dr. O's Team.
- Jan. 13, 2023
Friendly atmosphere.
- Jan. 10, 2023
Gotten exams here for glasses and contacts for the past couple years. Everyone's always super nice a... nd helpful, very fairly priced. I'm private pay so I like to shop around before committing to an appointment and eye country is the cheapest in town I believe. Will be back for my exam this year.
- Dec. 06, 2022
Very friendly staff and professional service.
- Nov. 11, 2022
Highly recommend Eye Country!!!
- Nov. 08, 2022
Dr. Oosterbaan is a perfect model for what a doctor should be. He is thorough, explains everything ... completely, and relates to his patients like a team captain. I have been his patient for 30 plus years and will continue on in his exemplary care.
- Nov. 08, 2022
Thorough eye exam, friendly staff, wait time was short. The office was clean and comfortable. Dr was... cute 😉
- Oct. 23, 2022
Friendly and professional staff in a very clean and comfortable environment. Dr. Oosterbaan provide... s both a thorough eye exam and healthy eyecare consultation.
- Sep. 20, 2022
Best Optometrist and staff in the state!
- Aug. 11, 2022
Very good experience
- Aug. 10, 2022
Great office and staff.
- Apr. 01, 2022
Excellent place. Loved the eye doctor and all the staff.
- Jan. 20, 2022
Everyone was very friendly and yet professional.

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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

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