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Spotting the Signs of Dry Eye

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Understanding the Symptoms

Dry eye is a common condition that affects millions of people worldwide, and its symptoms can vary in severity. It's crucial to recognize the signs of dry eye early to seek appropriate treatment and improve your eye health and comfort.

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Common Symptoms to Look Out For

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Experiencing dry eye symptoms can greatly affect your daily life and overall health. These symptoms can disrupt your work, hobbies, and even your ability to carry out everyday tasks comfortably.

The constant discomfort and distraction caused by these symptoms can lower your productivity and overall quality of life. 

Here are common signs that may indicate dry eye syndrome:

  • Dryness:
    A persistent sensation of dryness, grittiness, or eye irritation.
  • Itching:
    Frequent itching or a burning sensation in and around the eyes.
  • Redness:
    Bloodshot or red eyes, often accompanied by discomfort.·
  • Excessive Tearing:
    Paradoxically, your eyes may produce more tears as a response to dryness, leading to watery eyes.
  • Blurry Vision:
    Vision may become temporarily blurred, particularly when reading or using digital screens.
  • Light Sensitivity:
    Increased sensitivity to light, known as photophobia.
  • Foreign Body Sensation:
    Feeling as though something is in your eye.
  • Eye Fatigue:
    Increased eye fatigue, especially during prolonged periods of reading, screen time, or other visually demanding tasks.

Ignoring dry eye symptoms can lead to worsening discomfort and potential complications. Chronic dry eye can damage the eye's surface and increase the risk of eye infections, scarring, and vision loss. Seeking professional guidance if you're experiencing any of these symptoms is crucial.


Dry Eye Diagnosis and Expert Care

When you choose Bellevue Vision for your dry eye care, you benefit from our expertise in comprehensive diagnosis. We understand that your unique health history and lifestyle can affect your dry eye differently, which is why we practice personalized care tailored to you. Our approach includes:

  • In-Depth Eye Exams

    During a comprehensive eye exam, we evaluate your eyelids, eye surface, and your complete health history and lifestyle to identify potential underlying causes of dry eyes.

  • Tear Assessment

    We conduct a detailed assessment of your tears, measuring their volume and quality. This assessment helps us identify any deficiencies in tear quantity or quality, crucial factors in dry eye diagnosis.

  • Tear Breakup Time

    Using advanced techniques like tear breakup time measurement, we identify specific areas of your eyes where tears may evaporate more rapidly. This information aids in tailoring your treatment plan.

  • Specialized Dry Eye Test: Schirmer Test

    This test involves placing blotting test paper strips on the lower eyelids to measure tear production over a specific time. It helps determine the volume of tears your eyes produce.

Patient Reviews
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- Jun. 06, 2024
Visited for annual exam with contacts lens fitting. Dr. McManus is thorough, knowledgeable and a car... ing provider. I would recommend friends and family to get care here.
- May. 10, 2024
Everyone at the office was super kind and helpful. Really easy to make an appt. The doctor himself w... as so knowledgeable and made me feel comfortable.
- May. 02, 2024
Always a pleasant experience with Dr McManus and his professional and friendly staff!
- Apr. 30, 2024
Had a problem with glasses and prescription. They took ownership and corrected both fast. Very nice ... place!!
- Apr. 17, 2024
Always the best experience here! I drove all the way from Ocean Shores because Dr McManus is the mos... t knowledgeable Optometrist I have ever seen and he has the best staff as well!
- Apr. 15, 2024
Dr. Manus and his staff are always very helpful and willing to take the time to explain how vision w... orks. This has been helpful in understanding what the correct course of action should be.
- Apr. 12, 2024
Much thanks to Emily and Dr. McManus for squeezing me into their busy schedule, testing and diagnosi... s of my eye issue. They are very professional and provide exceptional care!
- Mar. 20, 2024
Dr McManus is the best. He is thorough, thoughtful and so very knowledgeable. I won't trust anyone... else with my eyes. His staff is great as well.
- Mar. 05, 2024
Dr. McManus is great! He is pleasant, competent, caring, thorough. His staff are gracious and effici... ent.
- Feb. 21, 2024
Been seeing Dr. McManus for 15 years. Highly recommend.
- Feb. 13, 2024
Complete and comprehensive care. The entire staff made me feel welcome. Answered my questions and ... treated me very well in a totally professional manner. I will return for my next check up and maybe some updated reading glasses soon.
- Feb. 09, 2024
Truly the best. Dr. McManus and the front desk staff were all so patient, friendly and knowledgeable... . Dr. McManus really takes his time to figure out what you need and makes sure you understand what's going on with your eyes. I left the office feeling really relieved and dare I say, with my world a little clearer! Cost for out of pocket was reasonable. My only regret was not finding this office sooner. Thank you everyone!!
- Feb. 06, 2024
The office staff was great! Friendly and efficient just like Dr. McManus. After the pre testing, he ... gave me a thorough exam, and addressed all my concerns patiently. As a retired RN, I appreciated his knowledge and expertise and kindness.
- Feb. 01, 2024
Dr. McManus is the Best optometrist in Bellevue! Friendly/helpful staff ☺️
- Feb. 01, 2024
Quick, easy, friendly! Always a pleasant experience. Thank you!
- Jan. 23, 2024
Professional, kind, clean and as always the doctor and staff are efficient and wonderful.
- Jan. 19, 2024
The staff and Dr. McManus are friendly, caring, and helpful. I’ve been coming here for close to 20... years and highly recommend them!
- Jan. 19, 2024
Amazing office. I highly recommend.
- Jan. 11, 2024
A complete and thorough eye exam by a true professional A truly wonderful experience with the best o... ptometrist I’ve ever had
- Dec. 22, 2023
The staff was very punctual and friendly, especially Emily!! Dr McManus is always very kind and know... ledgeable! Sure did appreciate them fitting me in this morning!

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Dry Eyes in Wilburton

Our optometry practice in Wilburton

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  • Monday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Consult Our Dry Eye Experts

At Bellevue Vision, our experienced eye care specialists are ready to help you find relief from dry eye symptoms. We understand these symptoms' impact on your daily life and are committed to improving your eye health and comfort.

Contact us to schedule an appointment and discuss your dry eye symptoms. Let's work together to find the most suitable treatment and enhance your quality of life.

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