Eye Disorders

River Place Vision Center Offers Care for Many Eye Disorders

Maintaining good eye health should be as routine as caring for other aspects of your health. Eye disorders can suddenly arise that require management and treatment to increase comfort and preserve vision. At River Place Vision Center in Austin, TX, we help patients manage a variety of eye disorders.

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Eye Infections

Conjunctivitis, often called “pink eye,” can be a bacterial or viral infection of the clear covering of the eye and the inside of the eyelids. It causes redness, swelling, itching, discharge, and crusting of the eyes. Our optometrist can prescribe antibiotic eye drops and can advise you on what you can do to relieve symptoms.

Foreign Body in the Eye

Your optometrist can also help when you get a foreign body stuck in your eye. Removal of the object will relieve the discomfort, swelling, and tearing that occurs.

Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry eyes can be caused by failing to blink frequently enough, such as when you work at a computer for long periods, by medications, by certain diseases, and by working in dry or dusty environments. Medications and treatments are available to relieve dry eye problems.


Glaucoma is an eye condition that is characterized by damage to the optic nerve. Glaucoma most often presents with increased pressure within the eyes. If left untreated, glaucoma can result in vision loss. Medications and surgery can slow the progress of this disease.

Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration is a progressive disease that causes increasing loss of vision in the central field. Eye drops or laser surgery can help to slow the disease.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetes poses special hazards for your vision. High blood glucose levels can damage the blood vessels in the body, especially the delicate blood vessels in the eyes. More frequent eye exams will detect small changes in the eyes that can signal diabetic retinopathy conditions, such as retinal detachment, and macular edema.


Cataracts are clouding of the lenses of the eyes and are often associated with aging. They begin to form after the age of 50 and gradually cause increasing impairment to vision. Surgery is the standard treatment for cataracts. Your eye doctor will monitor your cataracts and will advise you when surgery is necessary.

Make River Place Vision Center Your Optometrist in Austin

Dr. Dennis Smith uses his extensive training and experience in optometry to ensure good vision for his patients in Austin, TX, Steiner Ranch, Riverplace, and North Austin.  We offer a variety of vision care services, including examinations, contact lens fitting, designer eyeglass frames, computer vision care, sports vision care, and vision therapy. Call River Place Vision Center today at 512-343-2020 for an appointment to have your eyes checked and to learn more about the many services we offer.


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