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Q: When should a person come in to see their optometrist for Dry Eye symptoms and when is it enough to take care of this problem yourself?
A: Get a dry eye evaluation by a therapeutic optometrist at the first signs of dry eyes. Those who wear, or over-wear, contact lenses are at higher risk for dry eye syndrome, as are post-menopausal women. Systemic conditions, autoimmune disorders, and certain medications cause dry eyes. Mild, temporary symptoms may be treated with over-the-counter drops, but it’s still best to ask your eye doctor first, because not all eye drops are suitable, and they can sometimes mask a serious condition or lead to toxic corneal reactions.

Q: When should I have my children’s eyes examined?
A: Parents often wonder when to schedule their children for an eye exam. According to the American Optometric Association, eye exams should be performed at 6 months, 3 years of age, and before starting first grade. At Texas State Optical, we participate in InfantSEE which offers an eye exam for children ages 6 to 12 months at no charge. It is important to let us know if you notice any problems with your child’s eyes such as squinting, closing one eye, one eye turning in, or excessive blinking. Our office offers frames to fit children of all ages and many prescriptions are eligible for same day glasses.

Q: What exactly is macular degeneration?
A: Macular degeneration is a condition in which the eye's macula breaks down, causing a gradual or sudden loss of central vision. There are two forms called wet and dry. Patients need a detailed retinal eye exam to determine if they have this condition.