Las Vegas Dry Eye: What You Need to Know
Itchy, scratchy, irritated eyes? You don’t have to just live with it! Come see us. We can help.
Dry eye syndrome can be chronic and persistent. It’s also very common. Especially in Nevada, where the climate is arid.
Las Vegas has the lowest humidity on record in the country, contributing to evaporative dry eye, a condition affecting the Meibomian Glands located in the eyelids. 86% of those diagnosed with dry eye have MGD or Meibomian Gland Dysfunction.
The good news is that, in most cases, dry eye is very treatable.
What is Dry Eye?
At ophthalmologists’ offices across the nation, the issue is more commonly seen today than ever before. Words like “painful”, “annoying” and “persistent” are frequent descriptors we hear at Center For Sight from patients who come in.
More than 100 million people worldwide suffer from this symptom.
Why is Dry Eye So Common?
Most experts agree that near work – smartphones, computers, video games – is likely to blame for the marked increase to this symptoms. For work and play, people are more plugged in to screens than ever before.
All of these activities mentioned interfere with the quality and quantity of blinks a person makes. Not enough quality blinks means not enough natural tears, which can lead to this symptoms. But, just because it is common doesn’t mean you have to live with it!