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FAQs with Dr. Diane Davis of Vision Source Austin

Dr. Diane Davis of Vision Source Austin and our vision team are here to make your visit efficient and comfortable. Our optometrist offers a comprehensive range of family eye care and eye exam services to help preserve and improve your vision. We use state-of-the-art optometric instruments to diagnose your vision and recommend the best eyeglasses or contact lenses solutions to meet your unique needs.

Eye Care FAQs with Dr. Davis

Q. How can an optometrist treat dry eyes?

A. Your optometrist may recommend artificial tears, which are lubricating eye drops that may alleviate the dry, scratching feeling and foreign body sensation of dry eye. Prescription eye drops for dry eye go one step further: they help increase your tear production.

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More FAQs

Are Dry Eye symptoms more severe in the winter than in the warmer spring and summer months?

Dry Eye symptoms can fluctuate throughout the year. The winter months are by far the worst as the air is quite dry and contributes to even greater tear evaporation. A room humidifier in your bedroom during the winter months can really be a huge benefit for dry eye patients.

What is the examination like to determine whether someone is suffering from Dry Eyes?

A dry eye evaluation contains additional testing not routinely performed during an annual routine eye examination. Tear chemical analysis through a painless tear collection process allows us to see the biochemistry of what is occurring in your eyes. Elevated osmolarity might indicate that one treatment might be better than another. The presence of MMP-9 in your tears may indicate a different treatment approach. There are different causes of dry eye disease and a specific analysis will lead to a specific treatment best for your individual eyes.

Are floaters a sign of eye problems?

Most people, particularly if they are short-sighted, have some floaters inside their eyes. These appear as little black spots or 'flies' which appear to float around in front of your sight. They move when you move your eyes and are normally more obvious when you are looking at a plain pale background (like a cloudless sky). They are normally quite innocent, but if you get a shower of floaters, if you see lots of floaters after you have banged your head, or if you see flashing lights in your eyes or a 'curtain' or 'veil' in front of your eyes you should seek urgent medical attention.

When should my child have his/her first eye exam?

80% of what a child learns is through their vision. It is recommended to have a comprehensive eye examination before preschool to insure that your child does not have any undetected eye health or vision issues that would impede his or her learning.

I have 20/20 vision, do I still need to see an eye doctor?

Yes! There is so much more to visiting an eye doctor than just seeing 20/20. During a complete eye exam, your eye doctor will not only determine your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses but will also check your eyes for common eye diseases, assess how your eyes work together as a team and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health.

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