Dry Eyes Treatment
Our office now offers LipiFlow® treatment. LipiFlow® is a groundbreaking treatment that addresses the cause of Evaporative Dry Eye. If over-the-counter or prescription remedies have been unable to produce long-lasting relief, it may be because they haven't been targeting the primary cause of dry eye – the blockage of the Meibomian glands located in the eyelid.
Common symptoms of dry eye:
- Discomfort and irritation
- Grittiness or feeling of a foreign body in the eye
- Burning or stinging sensation
- Vision disturbance
- Sensitivity to light
Eye Exam and Consultation
During an eye exam, Dr. Sundip Patel will ask you questions about any symptoms or issues you are experiencing, medications you are currently taking, any blurry vision, your work environment, and your overall health. Family history and previous eye or vision conditions will also be discussed during this part of the examination. Dr. Patel will consider this information when determining any treatments or recommendations.
Regular vision testing and evaluations ensure that you always have the clearest vision possible. Our New Braunfels optometrist provides regular vision acuity test as part of a comprehensive eye exam. Dr. Patel will measure how each eye is seeing by using a wall eye chart and a reading eye chart. The results of these tests are portrayed as a fraction, with 20/20 being the standard for normal distance and reading vision. Depending on the results of your vision test, Dr. Patel may prescribe corrective glasses, contacts, or eye exercises.
Eye Function Testing
In addition to vision testing, an eye exam in our New Braunfels office includes testing eye functionality. Our optometrist performs several tests to evaluate depth perception, color vision, eye muscle capabilities, peripheral vision, and responsiveness to light. Several other simple tests are completed to determine whether the eyes are focusing, moving, and working together properly. The test results enable Dr. Patel to diagnose any underlying conditions that may be impairing the eyes ability to focus or work together.
As part of a comprehensive eye exam, our New Braunfels optometrist examines the overall health of the eye through a visual examination and tonometry. Dr. Patel evaluates eye health by visually inspecting the eye and eyelids using magnification and a bright light. To examine the internal structures of the eye, we may dilate the pupils. Increased eye pressure may be an indicator of glaucoma, so we utilize tonometry to measure eye pressure. After completing these short tests, Dr. Patel reviews the results and discusses an treatments with you. Contact us at (210) 697-2020 today to schedule a comprehensive eye exam.
Contact lenses correct your vision and are easy to wear. Choosing the contact lenses that are right for you depends on your vision and comfort. There are many types of contacts to suit almost anyone.
Evaluation and Referral for LASIK
LASIK (laser assisted in situ keratomileusis) surgery uses the latest advancements in technology to provide faster recovery times and precise results. LASIK surgery has been effective in treating myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and other eye conditions. At Lone Star Vision Associates, we provide evaluations and referrals for patients interested in LASIK surgery. Dr. Patel performs a complete review of your patient history as well as a full assessment of your eye health and vision. A current exam is important to determining if you are a candidate for LASIK surgery and if there are any other factors that may affect your results. The history review enables our optometrist to determine if your prescription is stable and you are healthy enough to consider surgery.
Once Dr. Patel has performed the evaluation and determined whether you are a candidate for LASIK, you will be given a referral to the LASIK surgery center we have worked with on an ongoing basis. The center will perform advanced diagnostic testing and will evaluate your eligibility for surgery. Various surgery options will be discussed with you if you are determined to be a surgical candidate. We will be in correspondence with the center regarding your evaluation and surgical determination.
LASIK Post-Operative Care
Once your surgery is scheduled, we will schedule follow-up appointments for you in our New Braunfels office. Typically, you will begin these follow-ups the day after the surgery and continue at prearranged times over the following six months. After 1 year, a full exam is recommended to determine the long-term results of your procedure. Dr. Patel is experienced in working with patients pre- and post-operation and will answer any questions that you have along the way.