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Dry Eye Treatment in Austin

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 Far West Optical 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 Austin 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.


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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

Patient Reviews
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- Jun. 15, 2024
I highly recommend Far West Optical. Very helpful and knowledgeable staff.
- Jun. 11, 2024
Great service and the doctor was very nice
- May. 29, 2024
Thoughtful and thorough experience. I highly recommend Far West Optical.
- May. 11, 2024
dr. H is a great optometrist! he explains things in layman's terms, is patient, a great listener, a... nd all around a great person. HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommended!
- Apr. 29, 2024
What an amazing place! Everyone was kind, helpful, and seemed to enjoy what they were doing. So happ... y to have found this office! Loved Dr. Gasser who explained everything to me so that I fully understood! Don’t let the “curb appeal” fool you, this place is wonderful!
- Apr. 29, 2024
I’m so glad I found a wonderful eye Dr near me. She is very nice and thorough . The staff is nice ... and very efficient. It was a nice, comfortable process to get my new glasses.
- Apr. 20, 2024
Not pushy, down to earth!
- Apr. 10, 2024
Great team at Far West Optical! High tech and high touch.
- Mar. 22, 2024
I felt my eyes were in good, competent, and kind hands
- Feb. 27, 2024
Dr. Gasser was professional and thorough. She explained my eye exam results well. Staff was friend... ly and professional. Office was well equipped and clean.
- Feb. 26, 2024
The best experience I’ve ever had with an optometrist! I’m a new patient and Dr. Gasser has trea... ted me like a long-time valued customer. She’s been very empathetic and diligent in identifying my dry eye symptoms, and referred me to a specialty clinic that has done wonders for my treatment. Dr. Gasser also put me in new, much more comfortable contact lenses and her front desk staff price matched my contacts order to give me the best price I’ve had in years of wearing contacts. Will never go anywhere else!
- Feb. 12, 2024
Dr. Gasser is friendly and efficient. Thanks!
- Jan. 14, 2024
Dr. Haselhorst talked me through the entire appointment about what he was doing and provided me with... extra contacts and solution. Ms. Karla Morse is an amazing practice manager. She price matched my contacts and helped me find new glasses.
- Nov. 16, 2023
The staff is lovely. Dr. Gasser was thorough and explained everything as we went
- Nov. 07, 2023
Great doctor and team! They also had a great selection of frames to choose from. I love to have su... ch a professional office in our neighborhood.
- Oct. 11, 2023
I was travelling through Austin and a screw fell out of my prescription sunglasses causing the lens ... to fall out. The very kind and helpful ladies at the front desk were able to do a quick repair and get me back on the road. Small thing, but much appreciated!
- Sep. 07, 2023
Super friendly staff, especially the receptionists! They do great work.
- Jul. 12, 2023
Staff is amazing.. I would highly recommend and will be going back.
- Jul. 02, 2023
Friendly and thorough staff with minimal wait time.
- Jun. 15, 2023
Could not recommend this wonderful group of people more! We had an emergency where a family member w... as in a ton of pain and needed to be seen asap. The team understood the urgency, treated my family with grace and warmth and made sure we got the care we needed. Not just the Doctor, everyone from the staff checking us in to the gentleman who brought us to the room, and everyone in between was so kind and helpful.

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