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New, Front Line Treatments for Dry Eye

Dry Eye, Round Rock, TxEffective treatment for dry eyes is currently one of the most common reasons for visiting an eye doctor. At Aspire Vision Care, a popular Vision Source Practice in Round Rock, TX, the qualified optometrists offer new, progressive treatments for dry eyes. Suffered by over 24 million Americans, dry eyes can cause itching, burning, redness and a long list of irritating symptoms. There are a variety of possible causes for this ocular condition, and patients seeking relief are encouraged to have a thorough eye exam for an accurate, personalized diagnosis. Dr. Nancy Guenthner, OD, FCOVD, and Dr. Carissa Lumby, OD, specialize in identifying the cause of each patient’s dry eyes in order to prescribe the best dry eye treatment.

Avenova Lid & Lash Hygiene is an innovative, new therapy that helps to alleviate the discomfort caused by dry eye syndrome and blepharitis. Blepharitis refers to an overgrowth of bacteria along the edge of the eye, at the juncture where eyelashes meet the eyelid. These bacteria interfere with healthy tear production, and dry eyes often result. A prescription medication, Avenova with Neutrox is typically used twice a day to rinse and cleanse these bothersome bacteria.

“After seeing the tremendous benefits of Avenova, we prescribe it for many patients who suffer from dry eyes. Feedback is very positive – our patients are thrilled to finally enjoy comfortable vision!” says Dr. Guenthner. Within two weeks, patients generally notice improvement in their condition. Avenova doesn’t cause burning or stinging, and can be used for as long of a duration as medically recommended.

Depending upon a patient’s particular condition, a number of alternate medical treatments for dry eye may be recommended. Prescription drugs include anti-inflammatory eye drops, antibiotics, and pills, gels, or drops that work to stimulate the manufacture of natural tears. Moderate to severe dry eye may be treated with eye inserts that are placed between the lower eyelid and eyeball. The insert dissolves gradually, releasing lubrication.

When indicated, Dr. Guenthner and Dr. Lumby may insert punctal plugs during a minor, in-office surgical procedure.  Generally composed of silicone, punctal plugs seal the tear ducts to prevent tear drainage. This blockage thereby disperses moisture across the eye's surface and enhances comfort. At Aspire Vision Care, the leading optometry practice in Round Rock, TX, the results of each patient’s comprehensive eye exam are analyzed to determine which therapy is best.

Dry eye syndrome can interfere with many daily tasks, such as reading, driving, and gazing at a computer or TV screen. Nowadays, there’s no reason to live with the annoying symptoms of dry eyes. Serving the Greater Austin area for over six years, Aspire Vision Center has a modern, convenient office in Round Rock. Visit the experienced eye doctors for a full eye examination and professional recommendation for the most appropriate dry eye therapy.