Vision Therapy in Lacey

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 Hawk's Prairie Vision Clinic 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.


Dry Eyes in Lacey

Our optometry practice in Lacey

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Hours
  • Monday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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Patient Reviews
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- Nov. 01, 2023
The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, exam is thorough yet quick! The only negative I would have ... is frame selection is smaller. I like my simple black frames and there was only a couple to choose from, everything else was colors or metals. But still a great place!
- Oct. 31, 2023
Been coming here for years for myself and my children. I have even referred my brother to this locat... ion! As a mother of three and a wife to someone that is in the military it can be EXTREMELY difficult to schedule appointments for myself. The last time I came my husband was gone for training and I had to bring my kids with me. They were so nice and understanding. I have a non verbal child and during the exam she was being a little fussy towards the end. I apologized to Dr. Piranio who reassured me that it's okay he has littles himself. Greatly appreciate him!
- Jul. 06, 2023
Haven't had my eyes checked in years. Chose this place based off of other positive Google reviews, a... nd they did not disappoint! Everyone there was SO incredibly friendly and nice! I wish every Healthcare visit I had was like this experience!!
- May. 23, 2023
You will be very well taken care of! Michelle cares about every single one of her patients and makes... you feel like you are the only patient of the day.
- May. 17, 2023
I had a good experience since I walked through the door. Dr. Durham is a very positive person. I wou... ld recommend it to anyone.
- May. 08, 2023
Every person there was fabulous and very helpful. Best eye appointment ive ever had.
- May. 02, 2023
Wonderful fun people, who gave clear directions and were easy to understand.
- Apr. 20, 2023
Great. People
- Apr. 04, 2023
Friendly and nice crew to visit everytime. Would definitely recommend.
- Mar. 28, 2023
Friendly and personable. Love how they care about you and your health
- Mar. 24, 2023
I am so fortunate to have found HPVC for my vision care and recommend HPVC 100%. I've been coming t... o this clinic since before they moved to this location. I feel cared for by all of the friendly, supportive, and professional staff. The front desk staff are very efficient, welcoming, and cheerful. Dr Durham's assistant, Barb, is calm, patient and All of the Above! Her experience makes me feel confident and relaxed. I can't say enough about my excellent vision care from Dr Durham. I feel trust and genuine care and concern during my appts with her.
- Mar. 23, 2023
The staff is away kind and friendly!
- Mar. 23, 2023
The new receptionist is amazing, super friendly bubbly personality and funny. Also my doc is the bes... t I've been coming here for 15 years, and I don't plan on switching!
- Mar. 11, 2023
Very compleat exam. Did not have to wait past my appointment time. Friendly Doctor and staff.
- Feb. 03, 2023
I was very happy with Michelle. My exam was very thorough and she caught an issue that others had no... t. Will definitely refer her to others.
- Feb. 03, 2023
I highly recommend Hawks Prairie Vision. The staff is professional, wonderful, and kind. Also, their... place of business is clean and very welcoming.
- Jan. 31, 2023
Great visit. My appointment was punctual. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Definitely would... recommend.
- Jan. 24, 2023
All staff are very friendly, and professional. A very smooth process of the eye exam, I was finished... in an hour. I would highly recommend.
- Jan. 20, 2023
Hawks Prairie Vision Clinic is the best Dr Arron is awesome the whole staff at Hawks Prairie Vision ... is outstanding and caring and helpful. I definitely and highly recommend them.
- Jan. 18, 2023
Very friendly and happy to answer your questions

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Consult Our Dry Eye Experts

At Hawk's Prairie Vision Clinic, 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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