Month: December 2010

  • Dry Eyes

    If you have sandy, gritty, irritated or burning eyes, and these symptoms get worse as the day goes on, you’re probably one of the 14 million Americans with the problem eye doctors call “dry eye.” Dry Eye Syndrome affects 75% of the population over the age of sixty-five years of age. Dry eye syndrome is…

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  • What is astigmatism anyway?

    This is a question that we hear often at Wells Branch Vision.  Astigmatism, sometimes incorrectly referred to as “stigmatism,” is a common ocular condition that causes blurry vision.  A 2004 study preformed in Bangladesh showed that nearly one in three adults over the age of 30 had measurable astigmatism. Astigmatism is usually the result of…

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  • Cedar Season and Eye Allergies

    Central Texas is known for it’s beauty — unfortunately it’s also known for its allergies. The cedar season is nearly upon us; and for cedar-sufferers, this means itchy, red eyes! In the eye care industry, eye-associated allergic reactions are referred to as allergic conjunctivitis.  This condition is characterized by tearing, redness, runny nose, and almost…

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  • New Changes in Flex Spending Accounts

    Without debate, one of the biggest news stories of this past year was health care reform. This new legislation is huge in scope and will affect us all. This morning, one of my patients asked how the new law would affect her Flexible Spending Account (FSA). I wasn’t sure – so I did some research….

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  • Welcome to Our New Blog!

    Hello, my name is Derek Hamilton and I am the primary optometrist at Wells Branch Vision Care. Over the past year, we have been updating and improving our patient communications. This includes bolstering our internet presence with a new web site, utilizing social media such as Facebook and Twitter, communicating with patients via email and…

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  • Giving Back.

    For years now, Austin has been known for its economic prosperity and stability. Even in hard times, this is a place where you can find a job and go to work. In spite of our strong economy there are still needs all around us. Every morning as I drive to work, I see people begging…

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