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Marion
Cedar Bluff
Bristol
Marion 276-521-4446
Cedar Bluff 276-991-3171
Bristol, TN 423-546-4536
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Patient FAQ’s

Do you have questions regarding your eye care, visiting your eye doctor, or eye health? We have the answers! Read on for our patients most commonly asked questions. If your question is not listed below, please contact our office today, and we will be happy to answer your questions personally.

Q: Are Contact Lenses a Good Choice for Kids?

A: Physically, your child’s eyes can tolerate contact lenses at a very young age. Some babies are fitted with contact lenses due to eye conditions present at birth. And in a recent study that involved fitting nearsighted children of ages 8-11 with one-day disposable contact lenses, 90% had no trouble applying or removing the contacts without assistance from their parents.

Q: What are tears and what is their relationship to dry eye?

A: Tears are produced by the lacrimal gland and are vital for eye health and clear vision. Tears lubricate the surface of the eye, keeping it moist and clear away particles, debris, and dust. They also play an important role in protecting the eye from all types of infections.

Tears are composed of three layers

  • The outer layer: oily, lipid layer produced by the meibomian glands
  • The middle layer: watery, lacrimal layer produced by the lacrimal glands
  • The inner layer: mucous layer produced by goblet cells

Dry eye may result if the eyes don’t produce adequate tears. Anything which affects any of the components of the tears can make them susceptible to dry eye.