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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 Hill Country Vision Center - Fredericksburg 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 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
  • Dec. 25 Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Spectera
  • EyeMed
  • MetLife
Patient Reviews
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- Dec. 04, 2023
Overall a wonderful experience with my thorough eye exam with Dr. Blaker. Staff assisting with glas... ses selection were also knowledgeable and very helpful.
- Nov. 06, 2023
I recently had eye surgery and found that I still couldn’t see clearly. I was told that it was all... in my head. I immediately made an appointment with Dr Blaker who listened to my concerns and was able to find a prescription to fit me. I can now see clearly and am so very grateful for Dr Blaker and Staff for their caring and professional support. Thank you!
- Oct. 12, 2023
Very helpful staff and good variety of glasses to choose from.
- Oct. 03, 2023
Great experience! The entire staff is extremely helpful and professional!
- Sep. 16, 2023
Very friendly staff.
- Sep. 11, 2023
Great service. Was able to get an appointment quickly. However, I wasn’t offered a contact fitting... , even though I was charged for it. I will call the office to inform them of this. I feel confident this will be remedied quickly and professionally. All the staff provides great customer service.
- Aug. 04, 2023
Great service , everyone helpful and professional.
- Jul. 22, 2023
Fast and friendly service
- Jul. 15, 2023
They are fast and super nice and don't try to overcharge u by doing extra tests that don't need to b... e done. I highly recommend
- Jun. 28, 2023
Justine and Marianne were so helpful, kind, and prompt in helping me with a lost contact lense while... in town visiting. The sweetest, kindest ladies!!
- Jun. 27, 2023
Everyone are so sweet and professional.
- Jun. 19, 2023
Professional, and kind. Highly recommended for all ages. Was able to get a same day appointment and ... both myself and my daughter's glasses were ready in 1 week's time!
- Jun. 11, 2023
My experiences here have always been excellent. My children saw Dr. Juett for the first time, and he... was wonderful with my 7-year-old. I can't say enough good things about the staff they are always friendly and helpful.
- Jun. 11, 2023
Dr Juett was great ! Treated me as a person not just another number , I was very pleased with my exp... erience there and will definitely be back !
- May. 25, 2023
Excellent service and a great staff! Will return.
- May. 12, 2023
I am grateful for choosing to go back to Hill Country Vision Center after a couple bad experiences. ... I received courtesy call for an overdue eye checkup. I was told Dr. Juett, joined the HCVC staff and was excepting new patients. Dr. Juett was a breath of fresh air and I didn't feel rushed. The front desk, vision techs. were so kind and informative. Truly a 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 review deserved.
- Apr. 10, 2023
Very pleased with the care and service I received from their staff and Dr Juett. Would definitely re... commend to my family and friends.
- Mar. 20, 2023
Great place great Doctors Great staff thank you i highly recommend!!
- Mar. 17, 2023
They were very kind and helpful.
- Mar. 08, 2023
We've been going here for years now. But I think this past week was my best experience. The girls i... n the office were so kind & helpful. They also were greatly understanding of my curious 7 year old son who had a million questions the entire time. The Dr was also kind, informative, fast & efficient. Definitely recommend this place & Dr Jarett

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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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