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903 William D. Fitch Pkwy
College Station, TX 77845
Phone Number: (979) 779-9000
Fax Number: (979) 690-1510

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Monday:
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10am - 7pm
9am - 5:30pm
8am - 5:30pm

Patient Testimonials

  • Matthew G.

    Absolutely amazing facility! They helped my son and even helped watch him for a minute when my bank gave me trouble. They were very kind and understanding....

  • Rebecca K.

    I went in for vitamins and information. The young lady at recept. Desk did an awesome job with my qqq and handled the vitamin sale with more information needed for my eye condition....

  • Bernadette H.

    Had to find a new eye doctor for my family and I due to insurance changes. I was very pleased with my first experience. Staff and Dr. Dobson are very friendly and professional. Felt comfortable and welcomed to the practice. Would recommend giving...

  • Alexander M.

    I am new to the bryan college station area being a college student. I needed to find a new eye doctor. I am one of those people that, take a long time exsploring my options online. When I first started my search they were the first ones that poped onto my screen. When I looked at there website I intantly felt like this was the one...

    Here at the Eye Care Center in Bryan/College Station, one of the most common complaints we hear is difficulty with night vision. We hear this even more frequently during the current winter months! 

    Low-light conditions trigger and use different cells in our retina, compared to the cells that we use during day time, or well-lit conditions. This causes a difference in the quality of our night vision compared to our day vision.  Our pupils dilate to allow more light to enter, which causes more peripheral light rays to enter the eye, worsening glare. You  might be surprised to learn, that most people have some form of night vision distortion. Most are mild, and not overly troublesome.

    However, there are certain conditions that can make this situation even worse, making driving at night and navigating unfamiliar environments very difficult. This can be a big concern everywhere, especially in the Bryan/College Station area where deer, racoons, even cows may cross the roads! There are many different causes of difficulty with night vision, but we will try to address a few of the most common here.

    The most common causes are anything that cause light to be distorted through any of the eyes refractive components, the most important being: the tear film, cornea, and lens. Here are some common causes that might affect these structures:

    1. Cataracts: A cataract occurs when the natural lens in the eye becomes cloudy over time. As the lens becomes cloudy, it can cause a distortion or scattering of light as it enters the eye. This can make glare, and driving at night more difficult. Worsening of night vision may be the first symptom of a cataract forming. Cataracts are something that occur as we live our life and are a natural change that usually occurs mid-life or after. 

    What can be done about cataracts?!

            We will likely monitor cataracts until they are interfering with your daily activities. At this point, we will discuss all options, including the benefits of cataract surgery. We may prescribe anti-reflective coating on your lenses, as well as UV protection with polarized sunglasses to help reduce the symptoms and give your eyes as much protection as possible until surgery is necessary.

    2. Dry Eye Syndrome:  The tear film on the front surface of the eye should be a smooth surface, providing a major component of the refracting power of the eye. When we have a dry ocular surface, the tears are either evaporating too quickly, or not enough tears are being produced. Either way, the refracting surface is changed and can cause an increase in light scattering. This can be intensified under low light conditions, making glare from on-coming head lights even worse.  

    What can I do about dry eyes?!

            Good news! We have quite a few options for dry eyes. We may recommend a non-invasive work up to first determine which type of dry eye you have. From there, we can create a customized plan to improve your ocular surface.

    3. Corneal irregularities: If the cornea is not perfectly round, some type of light distortion will occur. We all experience light scattering to some extent, because as humans no cornea is perfectly round. Most people will not notice these subtle aberrations, but to others who's irregularity is more pronounced, this can be very troublesome. In conditions, such as keratoconus where the cornea is steeper than average, light scattering is intensified. 

            Is there anything to be done for this?!

            Yes! We can prescribe spectacles, contacts, sometimes even specialty contact lenses to help reduce corneal distortions. There are also some great lens options on spectacles that we offer to help further minimze light scattering. These include anything from a high quality anti-reflective coating, to driving lenses, and even a new technology called I-Scription! 

     If your night-time vision has changed recently, worsened, or is severe enough to cause problems with night-time driving, navigating unfamiliar environments or other concerns, schedule an appointment with your eye doctor at Eye Care Center. We will help determine the cause, as well as create a customized plan to help improve your night-time symptoms! 

    Exceptional Staff

    Exceptional Staff

    You'll be hard-pressed to find a more experienced, caring vision care team in all of Texas!

    Our History

    Our History

    Since its inception in 1983 by Dr. Sue Simpson, O.D., Eye Care Center has always been committed to quality eye wear, top-notch eye exams, and exceptional patient satisfaction.

    Common Patient Questions

    Common Patient Questions

    Odds are that someone else has asked us the very same question you're wondering about. If not, feel free to reach out to us!

    What Sets us Apart

    What Sets us Apart

    From the moment you arrive for your visit, YOU are our number one priority. Our belief is that if we truly get to know our patients and what makes them happy, we can visually accommodate them in every stage of life.

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    Office Location & Hours

    903 William D. Fitch Pkwy
    College Station, TX 77845
    Phone Number: (979) 779-9000
    Fax Number: (979) 690-1510

    Get Directions

    Monday:
    Wednesday:
    Tue, Th, Fri.:

    10am - 7pm
    9am - 5:30pm
    8am - 5:30pm

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