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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 The Eyewear Gallery at Reston Town Center 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.

Patient Reviews
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- May. 09, 2024
I had a bit of an issue with a screw coming out of my frames last night. I came to this store today... based on the reviews I saw here and I was not dissapointed. The staff was very friendly and my main man Fred fixed my frames in about 5 minutes. Top notch place. Highly recommend!
- Apr. 18, 2024
Great selection of high quality eyewear, and Jackie was super kind and patient in helping me adjust ... a pair of my sunglasses that had a bent frame. Would 100% recommend coming here for all your optical needs.
- Dec. 27, 2023
Great experience at this lovely little shop. I was 100% that customer who takes forever to pick a fr... ame and worries about every penny spent...AND didn't have an appointment (šŸ¤­)..but Jackie and Casey were generous with knowledge, super patient and wonderfully charming despite me taking an embarassingly long time to choose (there were so many cute pairs-- shockingly in my price range). I finally found the perfect pair when all was said and done and felt so great about it. In this economy you wanna feel good when you have to make significant purchases-- I'm so glad I chose this Reston gem for my prescription lenses today!
- Nov. 29, 2023
I went to the eyewear gallery for dry eye treatment. The OptiLight treatment has transformed the hea... lth of my eyes. Before the treatment I was using artificial tears all day every day, and now I've been able to stop medicated eye drops and hardly use tears. Dr. Gammon went the extra mile and treated my facial rosacea as well, which has significantly reduced my redness and flair up discomfort. I am so grateful that Dr. Gammon added this treatment to her practice. Really appreciate all that you guys do!
- Sep. 07, 2023
popped in for a quick repair of my frames - which were not purchased at Eyewear Gallery. Very oblig... ing, got the job done and would not take any money. Very happy and thank you Eyewear Gallery!!
- Sep. 01, 2023
Iā€™m here from out of state & my frame got bent. I went in & they were able to fix them for at no c... harge & they were so nice!!
- Jul. 28, 2023
Absolutely incredible shop! They have a wide variety of options but most importantly their customer ... service is among the best I have ever experienced. Went in with a non-standard issue and they were able to get me exactly what I needed immediately. Highly recommend this shop to anyone looking for sunglasses or eyeglasses. Thank you!!
- Jul. 27, 2023
Had a truly incredible experience here solely due to Jackie. She made sure I was comfortable and end... ed up in the right pair for me, even as picky as I was! She provided excellent guidance and personal opinion, something vital in the glasses try on process. I will absolutely be back here and plan to switch to this office for my next eye exam because of how amazing the buying frames experience was!
- Jul. 22, 2023
Great service, amazing people! Specially Cinnamon who was friendly and welcoming. šŸ‘šŸ‘ Would rea... lly recommend this place to everyone!!!
- Jul. 11, 2023
So very helpful!
- Jun. 29, 2023
Very helpful and fast repairs for my glasses, thank you ladies!
- Jun. 27, 2023
Wonderful selection of eyewear- very friendly, knowledgeable, & attentive staff!!! Very impressed.
- Jun. 14, 2023
The Eyewear Gallary helped me with the repair my glasses on the spot. Amy specifically was very help... ful! The customer service was friendly, welcoming and helpful. Highly recommend this store to others looking for glasses or optometrist exam!!
- Jun. 08, 2023
I worked with Jackie. She is highly professional, knowledgeable and very helpful. Everyone is profes... sional and very pleasant at the store. Glad I found this place. Thanks!
- Feb. 24, 2023
Absolutely amazing customer service. Went in to replace lenses on my sunglasses and the optometrist ... was very friendly and did the replacement within minutes. Highly recommend for fast and high quality service!
- Oct. 19, 2022
I was traveling and my glasses lost a screw. I was in and out in less than 5 minutes. The staff was ... all smiles and were glad to help.
- Sep. 01, 2022
Conveniently located near the RTC pavilion next to FedEx and directly across from North Italia resta... urant. The screws came out of my glasses so I called to see if they could help me. The receptionist said a technician was available immediately so I went right away. Jackie was friendly, extremely helpful and professional. She replaced the screws in 5 minutes, something I couldn't do at home and trust me I tried! This shop is all about customer service and has a wide variety of stylish and functional frames on display. There is an Optometrist on site for all of your needs. I wish every business were as friendly, courteous and professional as The Eyewear Gallery at Reston Town Center! 5 out of 5 stars for sure!
- Aug. 18, 2022
Came by for an adjustment fit for my new glasses that I purchased elsewhere and the woman (forgot to... get her name) that helped me was very friendly, nice, helpful and knowledgeable. The other two women there were nice and pleasant as well. The store itself has a great atmosphere and aesthetics. Highly recommended!
- Jul. 29, 2022
Jackie is very friendly, very knowledgeable, and very helpful!! I had spoken with her a couple of ti... mes over the phone before visiting The Eyewear Gallery. She is/was always very patient, and very kind with me answering all my questions. Today morning we visited her at the store and Wow!! Phenomenal service we received from her. My son was very happy to meet her. She has absolutely a great personality!! She was thorough during the whole process and spent as much as needed time without rushing us. After that I ended up calling her this afternoon as I was a little confused with one thing. Even though she was busy, she promptly assisted me to resolve my issue. Thank You so much Jackie for everything!! We truly Appreciate it!! Always a pleasant experience with you in-person/on phone!! Also the other staff I briefly talked with over the phone/in-person at this store were equally supportive and quick too!! Overall Great Assistance!! I'm glad I found YOU!! HIGHLY recommendation to this business !!
- Jul. 21, 2022
The staff were very welcoming & helpful! Helped me adjust my glasses promptly! Will return again! T... hank you!

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Dry Eyes in Reston

Our optometry practice in Reston

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Hours
  • Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
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Consult Our Dry Eye Experts

At The Eyewear Gallery at Reston Town Center, 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.

(703) 709-5400