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Dry Eye Treatment in Fredericksburg

Offering Lasting Relief For Dry, Itchy & Gritty Eyes

(540) 373-3021

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 Premier Eyecare, Angela Tsai, O.D. and Associates for effective and lasting dry eye relief.

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Give Your Eyes the Care They Deserve

(540) 373-3021


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 7:45 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday 7:45 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 7:45 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday 7:45 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 7:45 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Medicare
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Patient Reviews
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- Feb. 20, 2024
Today was my first visit to premier eye care. Dr. Church and the staff were very friendly.
- Feb. 10, 2024
Very friendly, quick service of cutting and placing new lens.
- Feb. 09, 2024
Amazing! The doctor answered all of my questions and the staff was friendly and very patient. I 100%... recommend.
- Feb. 09, 2024
Doctor Church is amazing! He goes well beyond to explain in detail all possible outcomes of a proced... ure and what you can do to improve your vision.
- Feb. 09, 2024
I have been coming to Premier Eyecare for many years and always get quality service and care.
- Feb. 07, 2024
Stephanie Lambertson was amazing! She was very patient with my baby, she was able to continue my eye... exam with my baby on my lap. She did a great job checking each of my eyes and informing me of terms I didn’t understand. She’s definitely a professional and enjoys her job. Outstanding experience!
- Feb. 07, 2024
First ever eye exam, and Premier Eyecare made it a breeze. I saw Stephanie Lambertson, and she was a... mazing…probably spoiled me from ever wanting to see anyone else. Will definitely be going back for all my eyecare needs!
- Feb. 01, 2024
Very friendly and efficient staff and doctor church answered all of my questions.
- Feb. 01, 2024
I worked with Justin Berman 3 days ago and I had a wonderful experience. Justin helped me pick out g... lasses and he knew right away what pair would fit my face. I worked with Justin 2 years ago and I had the same wonderful experience. He is an expert technician and I know I will be coming back.
- Feb. 01, 2024
Today’s visit with Doctor Church was fast, efficient, and informative. This office is run with wel... l trained professionals and assistants.
- Jan. 24, 2024
Great experience! Great doctors and staff, they are very thorough, helpful and knowledgeable!
- Jan. 23, 2024
Dr. Church worked me in before I left on a hunting trip out of the USA to be sure my refill was corr... ect for my problem. I'm very grateful!
- Jan. 17, 2024
Dr. Church and staff are the best!
- Jan. 13, 2024
Dr Church is the absolute best. He is personable, caring and makes me look forward, versus dread, g... oing to the eye doctor. Expert in his field combing knowledge, wisdom & understanding. Customer service for the entire office is superb. You get a combination of advanced technology and human touch ( no AI interaction). (Rare these days) I rrcommend Premiere highly.
- Jan. 06, 2024
The best eye care facility we have ever had!! The staff and doctors are absolutely incredible. So pr... ofessional, knowledgeable, genuine, kind, and always go above and beyond to make you feel cared for. They have helped us save money on multiple occasions. My son's vision improved with their vision therapy. We just love them so much!!
- Jan. 03, 2024
I have been a patient of Prier Eyecare for years. 5 years ago, I left this practice because of insu... rance issues. This year I decided to return because the quality of care and customer service is superb.
- Jan. 03, 2024
I always have positive experiences with the doctors and the staff. People are warm, professional, a... nswer questions, and provide solutions.
- Jan. 03, 2024
Great eye care
- Jan. 03, 2024
I've been a client for 37 years and I drive 65 miles to go to Premier Eyecare cause I trust my Docto... r and the Entire staff.
- Dec. 29, 2023
Great doctors, friendly staff, beautiful place. Love it.

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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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Don't suffer in silence

Contact us for lasting dry eye relief!

(540) 373-3021