Vision Therapy in Ballwin

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 Crown Vision Center - Ballwin 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 Ballwin

Our optometry practice in Ballwin

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Hours
  • Monday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Spectera
  • Medicaid
  • Anthem
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
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Patient Reviews
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- Mar. 22, 2024
Rebecca was kind and thoughtful. Dr. Kara was efficient and knowledgeable. I had a great experience....
- Mar. 09, 2024
The store was very nice and clean and organized. The staff was friendly and helpful. I was there a t... otal of 30 min which was fantastic because I had a very busy day. They were upfront and knowledgeable about my exam and treatment plan. I loved their glasses selection, it was very easy to pick a new frame. Glasses came in a lot sooner than expected and the quantity seems pretty good so far. I have already recommended them to my family and they now have a lifetime customer.
- Feb. 06, 2024
A beautiful blend of professionalism and warmth. During the comprehensive examination and fitting, ... I was treated like family. I waited to write this until I had some time to take my glasses for a test ride. Like my experience at the center, it's "all good".
- Jan. 31, 2024
Wonderful staff! Customer service skills were amazing!!
- Dec. 02, 2023
I had an appointment 9/14/2023 with Crown Vision in Ballwin. I went in for an exam and glasses. The ... doctor was on maturity leave so I had a different doctor. I believe her name was Dr. Yifu? She was sensational. Very thorough. Took the time to explain everything. The support staff was equally impressive. Cecily Cintron and Melissa Stellhorn were very attentive to my needs. 3 months later I'm very pleased with the glasses (the frames for exactly what i wanted) and the service. Would highly recommend Crown Vision in Ballwin.
- Nov. 11, 2023
Amazing staff. Great Dr who explained everything in words I understood. They are just good people w... ho actually care about their clients!
- Oct. 28, 2023
Excellent care for my husband. Thanks
- Jul. 06, 2023
I was pleasantly surprised at the friendliness, and promptness of the whole experience, but also ver... y professional.
- Feb. 20, 2023
Friendly, efficient, and great prices.
- Feb. 07, 2023
The entire staff is super friendly and helpful. Dr. Rackovan took the time to explain, and go into d... etail, about any possible concerns she might have come across.
- Jan. 09, 2023
Great experience from the exam to the glasses received.
- Dec. 09, 2022
Excellent - Nick and team thank you; Nick took the time, super high quality service, very pleased. ... Thank you Nick and team !
- Nov. 01, 2022
Everyone was nice and friendly, I had a great experience!
- Oct. 06, 2022
Friendly staff that provides fast and efficient service.
- Oct. 01, 2022
The staff is always friendly and helpful. They listen to my concerns and find ways to address them.... I feel appreciated as a customer.
- Sep. 20, 2022
Nick is great!
- Mar. 12, 2022
The whole staff is knowledgeable about what is covered and what's not. They are very friendly. And t... oe the most important part was that it was all covered. They worked it out to be covered by insurance 100%
- Mar. 05, 2022
With alot of different eye vision places I have been too, I have to say the associates are very frie... ndly and put their client's first. The one associate really helped me pick out the perfect type of glasses that fit me best and quality wise. When I picked up my glasses she knew me by name and welcomed me.
- Feb. 03, 2022
The visits for my new glasses went off without a hitch! Great service!
- Jan. 30, 2022
Received excellent service. Great styles & variety on frames.

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Consult Our Dry Eye Experts

At Crown Vision Center - Ballwin, 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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