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Dry Eye Treatment in Inner West Side

Offering Lasting Relief For Dry, Itchy & Gritty Eyes

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Tired of your eyes constantly watering?

Want to find a solution for your red, dry, itchy eyes?

Dry eye disease can seriously harm your quality of life. It can cause severe irritation and even infection in severe cases.

Symptoms of dry eye disease include:

  • Red, dry eyes
  • Itchiness in and around the eye
  • A gritty-feeling in the eye
  • Light sensitivity
  • Excessive watering of the eyes

Visit Hill Country Vision Center - Evers Rd. for effective and lasting dry eye relief.

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How Dry Eye Disease Develops & How to Treat It

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Dry eye disease is an increasingly common eye condition that can happen either because the eye is not producing enough tears, or because tears are evaporating too quickly, leaving the eyes without enough moisture to function comfortably.

This can happen for several reasons including allergies, side effects from medications, hormonal changes, and illness.

Depending on the cause and exact symptoms of your dry eyes, our Inner West Side eye doctors will be able to prescribe treatments and medications aimed at increasing the amount of tears your eye produces and/or slowing the evaporation of tears to better hydrate your eyes.


What Are the Main Causes of Dry Eye?

  • Aging

    Dry eye disease tends to affect people over the age of 50. This is because tear production slows as we age. As the lacrimal glands produce fewer tears, dry eye develops.

  • Hormonal changes

    It's not uncommon for some women to experience dry eye symptoms during pregnancy, menopause, or while using birth control pills. That's because hormone imbalances can reduce tear production.

  • Autoimmune disease

    Certain autoimmune diseases, like Sjögren’s syndrome, can cause white blood cells to attack your tear glands, thus reducing tear production. Other diseases like arthritis, lupus, and diabetes can also cause poor or insufficient tear production.

  • Medications

    Certain medications can reduce mucus production (one of the 3 tear components) thus contributing to chronic dry eye.

    They include antihistamines, antidepressants, diuretics, and beta-blockers.

Note that this is just a handful of causes. There are many other factors that can contribute to dry eye, including pollution and dry air, allergies, poor tear quality, dehydration, contact lens wear, and more.


Dry Eyes Treatment in Inner West Side

Our optometry practice in Inner West Side

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Hours
  • Monday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Friday 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Saturday 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
  • Sunday Closed
  • May. 27 Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Spectera
  • Medicaid
  • Anthem
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • EyeMed
  • Blue Cross
  • MetLife
  • Metlife Vision
Patient Reviews
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- May. 14, 2024
Very nice staff with prompt service and good frame selection.
- May. 10, 2024
Highly recommend, the eye doctor and the staff are amazing!
- May. 08, 2024
Amazing
- May. 08, 2024
Dr. Ward made the environment nice and I really appreciated her.
- Apr. 02, 2024
I can't say enough wonderful things about our experience at Hill Country Vision Center this morning.... My mom had an ugly style and warm compresses just weren't doing the trick. Thankfully there was availability to be seen this morning. Titia, the technician that got my mom ready to see the doctor was so kind and patient as she gathered all the needed info. Dr Aguilera went above and beyond, utilizing available tools and adapting his exam to ensure that my mom sat comfortably in her wheelchair. We were educated about her diagnosis, treatment, and preventative measures, and prescribed medication. If you are looking for an optometry office who is thorough amd who cares about their patients, look no further.
- Mar. 31, 2024
Awesome place! This is my second year with them and everyone is so welcoming and helpful.
- Mar. 29, 2024
Experienced a very short wait time in the lobby. Facility was clean. Staff was courteous and attenti... ve. I was a bit nervous, however the technician that assisted me with my eye pictures was very encouraging, which helped me to relax. Dr. Ward explained my eye diagnosis thoroughly and answered all my questions. My family has been coming here for over 30 years. It’s a good place for all your family eye care.
- Mar. 27, 2024
They were all extremely kind and so informative! From insurance coverages, to lens types and the pro... cess of the eye exam and what they were looking for. I really appreciate being educated especially during the exam. Would definitely recommend !
- Mar. 25, 2024
The staff are professional, considerate and extremely knowledgeable about my eye care needs. Bar non... e, they are the absolute best at providing exceptional service.
- Mar. 23, 2024
Staff was very kind and service was quick
- Mar. 15, 2024
Always excellent and friendly service care from the Dr Agnes and the staff
- Mar. 12, 2024
Very Professional!
- Mar. 12, 2024
I've had a great experience every time I've visited. The staff is professional and personable, and t... hey have a good variety of frames available. I've never had issues with the glasses I've gotten from them.
- Mar. 05, 2024
Have not gone recent. but took husband to see Dr. Palys for last time as she is retiring. We in this... family will miss her a whole lot, she has been our eye doctor for about 25 years. Thank you, Dr. Palys, for being there for us, enjoy your retirement.
- Mar. 04, 2024
Everyone always treats you with the utmost care and has a positive, cheerful attitude. I recommend t... his place to all.
- Feb. 28, 2024
Dr Palys is the best. I have been seeing her for over 30 years. Always professional yet friendly and... patient. I Highly recommend her.
- Feb. 24, 2024
I’ve been going to Hill Country Vision -Palys & Associates for the past 10 years. I’ve had the o... pportunity to be seen by all the Dr.s that work here and they’re all amazing, including the assistants/techs. Dr. Zuercher specifically has been my optometrist these past 4 years. She is everything you’d want your optometrist to be. She is kind, patient, extremely knowledgeable, great at explaining, and answers all my questions and concerns. I can tell she genuinely cares about all her patients and is always welcoming. I highly recommend her to all my friends and family that are looking for an optometrist. Lynette is amazing. I had the privilege of being helped by her after my most recent exam. She helped me optimize my vision insurance benefits and went above and beyond to help me finally get glasses after 7 years of only being able to afford contacts with my insurance. She and this whole team are rockstars!
- Feb. 10, 2024
Friendly staff, great services. Give them a call, they’ll take good care of you!
- Jan. 28, 2024
Great place
- Jan. 15, 2024
I truly enjoy Dr Agnes Palys' thorough exams and attention to detail regarding my annual eye-exam. ... My eyes are of the utmost importance to me which is why I have been going to see Dr Palys for the last 19+ years! Also, the lady technicians are very knowledgeable in the selection of covered and non-covered glass and frame options which allows me to decide if I want to splurge or stay within the allowed budget. To date, its been a most pleasant experience for me!

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Dry Eyes FAQs

Can I still wear contact lenses if I have dry eye syndrome?

Yes, some people can still wear contact lenses with dry eye syndrome. However, depending on its severity, you may need to carefully select the adequate contact lens for optimal clarity and comfort.

Oftentimes, because contact lenses sit on the eye, it's difficult for vital oxygen to reach the eye. This can worsen dry eye symptoms, and increase the risk of scratching or otherwise damaging your eye. Make sure to ask your eye doctor which contact lenses are most adapted to your condition.

Can dry eye syndrome be cured?

Unfortunately, there is no known cure for dry eye syndrome. There are, however, many treatment options that offer lasting dry eye relief.

Can dry eye syndrome cause blindness?

In rare extreme cases, dry eye syndrome can cause corneal ulcers. These ulcers can result in scarring on the eye, making it difficult for the cornea to focus light accurately. If left untreated, corneal ulcers and the associated scarring can result in blindness.

How can I prevent dry eye symptoms?

Below are a few tips that will help prevent dry eye symptoms:

  • Point fans, heaters, and air vents so that they don’t directly blow into your eyes
  • Eat foods high in omega-3 fatty acids
  • Stay properly hydrated
  • Take breaks during long tasks, especially those that require extended visual focus

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