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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 Premier Eyecare, Angela Tsai, O.D. and Associates 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.


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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. 13, 2024
Everyone is professional, kind, and on point! I appreciate all of the above. Dr. Tsai is knowledgeab... le and love her style! 💕
- Jun. 05, 2024
Dr. Stephanie Lambertson and the entire team were very friendly and thorough on my issue. The front ... staff was extremely helpful and kind. I will definitely be coming back for any and all eye care I may need.
- May. 29, 2024
Dr Church and staff were very thorough, caring. and efficient.
- May. 21, 2024
Dr. Tsai and her staff are awesome. Everyone is very friendly and helpful with answering questions. ... Dr. Tsai puts you at ease immediately and walks you through any issues or questions you may have. She's also wonderful with kids. Highly recommend!
- May. 16, 2024
Dr. Stephanie Lambertson was excellent. The optometry technician who works with her was also very go... od. There was also very little wait time.
- May. 11, 2024
Dr. Tsai and her staff are the very best in the region. My family of 4 drives 1 hour each way to her... location because of our incredible experience and vision success. 5 Stars. Thank you Dr. Tsai!!!
- May. 07, 2024
My wife and I were recently seen by Dr. Church at Premier Eyecare, and as usual, we received top tie... r service, attention, and care upon reception, throughout the appointment, and also with the optical technician providing expert fitting and measurements for our glasses that we ordered. We highly recommend this practice to everyone.
- May. 04, 2024
They have given me the most accurate eyeglass prescription I have ever had using the Neuralrns techn... ology. Also, detected glaucoma and got my eye pressure down from 27 mmHg to 15 mmHg in 1 month of treatment. I credit them with my new higher quality of life and can't thank them enough for saving my eyesight.
- May. 02, 2024
Everyone was super friendly. They even enjoyed my dad jokes.!
- May. 01, 2024
Dr. Church is absolutely fantastic. He is able to easily work with my four year old son and interact... with him to do a full eye exam. He has a way of keeping my child's attention and I’m confident the glasses he has are a correct prescription. Everyone at Premier Eyecare is always kind and helpful to my family.
- May. 01, 2024
Excellent doctor, explained all issues in language I understood, exercised patience and the office s... taff was also excellent.
- May. 01, 2024
Professional and friendly. I will happily recommend to everyone
- Apr. 30, 2024
Dr. Church is a very caring and concerned practitioner. He verifies your current condition then adv... ises you on next steps. Easy to understand and very friendly.
- Apr. 29, 2024
Excellent care.
- Apr. 19, 2024
Great service. Took me in shortly after I arrived and reported in.. Everyone was kind and profession... al. Would recommend them to my family and friends.
- Apr. 18, 2024
I was a new and unannounced patient. My contact had split and part of it was stuck in my eye. They l... et me right in and took care of everything. Very professional and very skilled both by all the staff and the provider.
- Apr. 17, 2024
My child needed an emergency appointment for something on her eye. The staff were compassionate and ... went out of the way to help us. She received the best care! Dr treated her quickly and kindly; explained everything and we both left feeling relieved (and better). Absolutely wonderful experience.
- Apr. 16, 2024
Dr. Church is a great Dr. very thorough and easy to talk to. Explains everything.
- Apr. 16, 2024
Dr. Church is a great doctor and highly recommended to anyone!
- Apr. 12, 2024
A great experience as always. Receptionist was great, Dr Church was very professional and figured ou... t my problem. Check out was very helpful. Definitely recommend!

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Dry Eyes Treatment in Fredericksburg

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  • 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
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