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Eye Disease Management in Austin

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Early diagnosis means earlier treatment and better outcomes.

Whether you have glaucoma, macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, or other eye diseases — we can help.

At Far West Optical, we provide comprehensive eye exams, diagnostic screening and cutting-edge treatments that can slow eye disease progression and help maintain your vision.

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Give Your Eyes the Care They Deserve

Eye Disease Management Includes:

  • Comprehensive eye exam

    Comprehensive eye exams are critical in catching sight-robbing eye diseases that typically don’t show early symptoms.

  • Diagnostic screening

    Certain changes in your eyes can indicate eye conditions. Our optometrists can diagnose the disease and determine the cause of these changes.

  • Treatments and surgeries

    We provide a wide range of treatments, including prescription eye drops and other medication. If needed, we'll refer you to the right specialist for eye surgery.

  • After care and follow-up

    We provide follow-up exams and after-care treatments to help you manage your symptoms and safeguard your vision.


What Are the 4 Most Common Eye Diseases?

  • Diabetic Retinopathy

    If you have diabetes, you should be aware of the risk of diabetic retinopathy. Elevated blood sugar can cause blood vessels in the eye to become inflamed or swell. In the early stages, you may not notice symptoms, but advanced diabetic retinopathy can cause blurred vision or eye inflammation.

    Diabetic retinopathy treatment includes:

    • Prescription medication
    • Laser surgeries
    • Anti-VEGF and steroid injections
    • Vitrectomy
  • Glaucoma

    Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness and often doesn’t show early symptoms. High pressure inside the eye causes glaucoma, and the purpose of glaucoma management is to reduce intraocular pressure.

    Glaucoma treatments include:

    • Prescription eye drops or medications
    • Laser procedures
    • Filtration surgery
    • Drainage tubes
    • Minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS)
  • Cataracts

    Cataracts are cloudy formations on the eye lens. They can make your vision blurry and distorted. To restore normal vision, an optometrist will recommend cataract surgery, which involves replacing the cloudy lens with an artificial intraocular lens.

  • Macular Degeneration

    Macular degeneration, or AMD, occurs when the macula or the central part of the retina deteriorates. This results in blurred and distorted vision.

    There are two types of AMD: Dry AMD and Wet AMD.

    Although there isn’t a treatment for dry AMD, lifestyle changes and specific supplements can help prevent further vision deterioration.

    Wet AMD treatments include:

    • Photodynamic therapy
    • Anti-VEGF injections
    • Laser photocoagulation

Distorted or Blurred Vision? Have a family history of serious eye diseases?

Schedule an eye exam at Far West Optical in Austin. Early diagnosis and treatment can help preserve eye health and prevent vision loss.


Eye Disease Management in Austin

Our optometry practice in Austin

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Hours
  • Monday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Superior Vision
  • Davis Vision
  • Anthem
  • Blue Cross
Patient Reviews
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- 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.
- Jun. 02, 2023
Thorough, Professional, courteous, and timely. Recommend!
- May. 22, 2023
Very friendly and staff is very knowledgeable on what insurance covers.
- May. 15, 2023
Best fits in town for wonderful glasses!
- Apr. 21, 2023
The staff is so friendly and helpful. Dr Tam was great. He made my first visit without Dr Coldiron g... reat! The optician and front desk staff always go above and beyond to make sure your visit is easy!
- Apr. 21, 2023
My wife and I have been seeing Dr Coldiron since 2014 or earlier. We have enjoyed her services and w... ill miss her tremendously. Elijah who does the pre-check is a wonderful breath of fresh air. Do not lose him. The office ladies in the front we're super helpful. Now we have to make a decision to as to who we use as a doctor now. We don't know the other doctors there we will definitely talk to Dr Coldiron
- Mar. 26, 2023
I had a great optometrist and eye exam. Very professional, excellent doctor, not rushed and nice st... aff, too.
- Mar. 21, 2023
Been going here for over 25 years - fantastic doctors and staff!
- Mar. 10, 2023
Very fast and kind people ! Nice selection of frames too. Very open to questions.
- Jan. 25, 2023
This place has excellent customer service and they are very nice. They took very good care of me. Th... anks
- Dec. 22, 2022
The best 👍👍
- Nov. 18, 2022
Dr. Coldiron takes the time to review test results very thoroughly. I will miss her when she retire... s!

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Eye Disease Management FAQs

Do eye problems run in the family?

Yes. Genetics increase our chances of developing diseases that impact vision and eye health.

In fact, over 350 eye diseases are attributed to hereditary factors, including age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataracts, glaucoma, and retinitis pigmentosa. Learning about your family’s medical history can provide important clues regarding your predisposition to certain eye diseases and vision problems.

How to prevent eye diseases?

Adopting a healthy lifestyle and getting regular eye exams can improve your chances of maintaining clear vision and eye health.

Make sure to:

  • Avoid smoking
  • Maintain healthy blood sugar levels if you have diabetes
  • Wear sunglasses that offer 100 UV protection
  • Have regular eye exams
What are the symptoms of serious eye problems?

Although certain eye diseases show specific symptoms, the signs vary according to the condition. Keep in mind that some eye diseases, such as glaucoma, often don’t show early symptoms—which is why it's important to get regular eye exams.

If you experience any of the following, contact Far West Optical immediately.

  • Blurry or double vision
  • Eye inflammation or eye pain
  • Eye Floaters
  • Eye swelling
  • Blind spots

If you experience any symptoms or have a family history of eye diseases, make sure to schedule a consultation and eye exam at Far West Optical in Austin today.


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