COMPREHENSIVE EYE CARE IN AUSTIN, TX
Westlake Eyecare, we are committed to providing exceptional eye care to adult patients in the greater Austin, TX area. Led by Dr. Katie Kaufmann and Dr. Raenn Murry—two of the region’s premier optometrists—our optometry team combines experience with the industry’s latest tools and technology to effectively diagnose and treat a wide range of eye-related conditions. Whether you are in need of a general eye exam, pink eye (conjunctivitis) treatment, specialty contact lens consultation, glaucoma or cataract evaluation, LASIK laser eye surgery consultation, or dry eye treatment, our team center here at Westlake Eyecare has you covered. When you visit us, you will be evaluated and treated with cutting-edge ocular technology, attentive care, and smiling faces. Read on to learn more about the many eye care services we provide, and call (512) 347-0700 to schedule an appointment at one of our two Austin, TX, locations today!
Comprehensive eye examinations
According to the American Optometric Association:
Periodic eye and vision examinations are an important part of preventive health care. Many eye and vision problems have no obvious signs or symptoms. As a result, individuals are often unaware that problems exist. Early diagnosis and treatment of eye and vision problems are important for maintaining good vision and eye health, and when possible, preventing vision loss. At Westlake Eyecare, we are proud to administer comprehensive eye examinations to patients in Austin, TX.
A comprehensive adult eye and vision examination may include, but is not limited to, the following tests:
- Patient history
- Visual acuity
- Preliminary tests
- Binocular vision testing
- Eye health evaluation
We always tailor our tests and treatments to meet the specific needs of each of our patients. Individual patient signs and symptoms, along with the professional judgment of the doctor, may significantly influence the testing performed.
For more information, please visit our Comprehensive Eye Exams page.
Pediatric eye examinations
Eye exams for children are extremely important. Experts say 5% to 10% of preschoolers and 25% of school-aged children have vision problems. Early identification of a child’s vision problem is crucial because, if left untreated, some childhood vision problems can cause permanent vision loss.
According to the AOA, an infant should receive his or her first eye exam between the ages of 6 and 12 months. Even if no eye or vision problems are apparent, at about age 6 months, you should take your baby to your doctor of optometry for his or her first thorough eye examination.
At Westlake Eyecare, we are proud to perform pediatric eye examinations for children of all ages. Our tests help identify vision problems and other eye-related issues relatively early on so as to begin treatment as quickly as possible. We take care to ensure that our pediatric exams are both effective and comfortable for children, no matter how young. During a pediatric eye exam, our optometrists will test for:
- Excessive or unequal amounts of nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism
- Eye movement ability
- Eye health problems
These problems are not common, but it is important to identify children who have them at this young age. Vision development and eye health problems are easier to correct if treatment begins early.
For more details, please visit our Pediatric Eye Exams page.
Whether you already wear contact lenses or are considering them, our team at Westlake Eyecare is here to help you find the perfect pair. We proudly provide contact lens exams and fittings for patients of all ages.
Getting started the right way with your contact lenses involves going to a doctor who provides full-service care. This includes a thorough eye examination, an evaluation of your suitability for contact lens wear, the lenses, necessary lens care kits, individual instructions for wear, care, and unlimited follow-up visits over a specified time. At Westlake Eyecare, we use of decades of optometric experience and the industry’s latest technology and contact lens products to provide our patients with exceptional contact care from start to finish.
We also specialize in difficult and keratoconus fittings. Contact our eyecare center to learn more.
Diabetic eye examinations
Diabetic retinopathy is a condition occurring in persons with diabetes, which causes progressive damage to the retina, the light sensitive lining at the back of the eye. It is a serious, sight-threatening complication of diabetes.
Symptoms of diabetic retinopathy include:
- Seeing spots or floaters in your field of vision
- Blurred vision
- Having a dark or empty spot in the center of your vision
- Difficulty seeing well at night
Often, there are no visual symptoms in the early stages of diabetic retinopathy. This is why the American Optometric Association recommends that everyone with diabetes have a comprehensive dilated eye examination once a year. Early detection and treatment can limit the potential for significant vision loss from diabetic retinopathy. Our Austin, TX, optometrists here at Westlake Eyecare are proud to offer comprehensive diagnostic services and treatment options for patients suffering from diabetic retinopathy. Together, we can develop a treatment plan to address and mitigate vision loss.
For information on how to cope with diabetic retinopathy, please visit our Ocular Disease Management page.
Glaucoma is an eye disorder that causes progressive damage to the optic nerve; it is characterized by loss of nerve tissue, resulting in loss of vision. Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the U.S. It most often occurs in people over age 40, although a congenital or infantile form of glaucoma exists. People with a family history of glaucoma, African Americans over the age of 40, and Hispanics over the age of 60 are at an increased risk of developing glaucoma.
Glaucoma cannot currently be prevented, but if diagnosed and treated early, it can usually be controlled. Medication or surgery can slow or prevent further vision loss. However, vision already lost to glaucoma cannot be restored. That is why the American Optometric Association recommends an annual eye examination for people at risk for glaucoma as a preventive eye care measure. If you suffer from glaucoma, our optometry team here at Westlake Eyecare can provide you with the care you need to successfully control symptoms and retain vision.
Learn how to cope with glaucoma by visiting our Ocular Disease Management page.
LASIK and cataract consultations
LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis), commonly referred to as laser eye surgery or laser vision correction, is a type of refractive surgery for the correction of myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism.
At Westlake Eyecare, our doctors provide preoperative evaluations to determine if you may be a good candidate for LASIK. If the decision is made to move forward, we will work closely with the region’s best surgeons and provide all post-operative care.
A cataract is a cloudiness or opacity in the normally transparent crystalline lens of the eye. This cloudiness can cause a decrease in vision and may lead to eventual blindness. Most cataracts are related to aging and are very common in older people.
The most common symptoms of a cataract are:
- Cloudy or blurry vision
- Colors seem faded
- Glare – headlights, lamps, or sunlight may appear too bright; a halo may appear around lights
- Poor night vision
- Double vision or multiple images in one eye
Thankfully, cataracts can be treated through surgery. Here at Westlake Eyecare, Dr. Kaufman provides cataract evaluations and will recommend the best surgeon when it is time for surgery. Cataract surgery is very successful in restoring vision. In fact, it is the most frequently performed surgery in the United States, with more than 3 million Americans undergoing cataract surgery each year.
Don’t like being dilated? Ask for the Optomap.
The Optomap® Retinal Exam is used to get an ultra-widefield view of the retina (the back of the eye) with dilation.
At Westlake Eyecare, we are proud to provide eye examinations using the Optomap® Retinal Exam from Optos for patients of all ages in Austin, TX. Optos is the leading provider of devices for diagnosing and treating diseases and conditions presenting in the retina of the eye. Our UWF Retinal Imaging technology, combined with the specific data that can be derived from OCT images, offers ophthalmologists and optometrists the most powerful tools for disease diagnosis and management.
Find more info about the technologies we use on our State of the Art Equipment page.
Designer frames and sunglasses
Unique and comfortable eyewear allows you to put your best face forward, whether meeting someone for the first time or staring at your computer all day.
At Westlake Eyecare, we offer the very best in fashion eye wear and sunglasses to fit even the most particular of Austinites. We continually update our inventory to include the latest selections from top brands, including Bevel, ECO, Ray Ban, Tom Ford, TOMS, and many more. Please click on the Our Frames tab for more information regarding our frame collections.
Get your eyes in check today; contact us now!