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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 Legacy 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.


Dry Eyes in Plano

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Hours
  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
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Patient Reviews
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- Feb. 05, 2024
Great to work with have been a long time patient and would not change!
- Feb. 04, 2024
Referral for Cataract Surgery with care provided following the procedure. Swift replacement of Lense... s as needed.
- Feb. 02, 2024
Dr. Kirkland and his staff are courteous, pay attention to detail and punctual. I would highly recom... mend their services.
- Dec. 30, 2023
Excellent place for everyone.
- Dec. 18, 2023
Excellent friendly service and a great collection of glasses
- Oct. 30, 2023
Dr Simmons was the best I have ever had.
- Oct. 05, 2023
I've been coming here for over 25 years. I love the staff and care I receive here
- Oct. 02, 2023
Dr. Kirkland and his staff have been Professional, kind and patient for the past 5 years that I've b... een a client. If you have questions, they will all be answered by one of the staff members. I highly recommend this superb team.
- Oct. 02, 2023
The entire experience is always really good at Legacy Vision.
- Sep. 27, 2023
Dr. Kirkland and the staff are very helpful and service oriented. I am happy to be in their custome... r list.
- Sep. 27, 2023
Dr. Kirkland and staff are friendly and professional. They provide a detailed exam of your eyes and... vision. I trust them with my eye health.
- Sep. 22, 2023
Awesome, very professional,
- Aug. 25, 2023
I’ve been treated by Dr Kirkland for over 20 years. My mono-vision, gas permeable lenses are grea... t! They enable my 65 year old eyes to use my readers infrequently! I’ve worn hard lenses over 50 years now & he keeps my eyes healthy.
- Jul. 07, 2023
Great service!
- Jun. 26, 2023
I have been coming to Dr. Kirkland for a very long time. He has always been friendly, kind, and res... pectful. The service of the staff has always been prompt and accomodating. Can't say enough about the team at Legacy Vision.
- May. 25, 2023
The best in the business! Home town doctor feeling in the big city!
- May. 07, 2023
Wonderful Customer Service! They are caring and welcoming! Highly Recommend!
- Apr. 28, 2023
Dr. Mark is an excellent person with so much patience. He checked my eyes thoroughly and was able to... find out the root cause of the problem. Finally, he came up with a prescription that works for both laptop and astigmatism and all the staff members are too supportive and helpful. I would definitely recommend this place for all of my friends. Excellent Job Legacy Vision team!!!
- Apr. 16, 2023
Professional and personal experience. I am of course going back and if you haven’t tried them, I t... hink you should.
- Apr. 01, 2023
My vision team has followed me over 15 years with cordiality and special attention to my needs. Than... k you

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Consult Our Dry Eye Experts

At Legacy 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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