Is it Dry Eye or Allergies? Center for Sight can help determine the root cause of your irritated eyes to treat it effectively.
Bless you! Hearing that a lot lately due to the allergens found in the dry conditions of the Las Vegas climate?
While there are technically four seasons in Las Vegas, you will typically experience sweltering summers and whispering winters, with spring and fall playing a smaller part in the weather picture. So you might be surprised to find that seasonal allergies are inherent in the Vegas lifestyle; the kind of pollen that causes allergic symptoms comes from plants—grasses, trees, weeds—that characteristically do not bear flowers or fruit. Dried up pollen grains in bulk quantities are blown through the breezy air for long distances.
Allergies interrupt your daily life and can zap your energy, resulting in lost productivity, missed work or “play” time and an overall poor quality of life. But you don’t have to live with itchy, irritated eyes. Many people suffer unnecessarily for years before being tested or even realizing that eye allergies are the issue.
You are an ideal candidate for ocular eye testing if your eyes experience any of the following symptoms: Itching, burning, redness, discharge, watering, swelling, dryness and other irritations associated with congestion, runny nose or asthma.
Dry Eye or Eye Allergies: How Can I Tell?
The symptoms are so similar, the only way to really know is an appointment with a specialist (that’s where we come in). You can be sure that your doctor at Center For Sight will test you for dry eye syndrome using LipiScan and LipiView technology.
Dry eye happens when the eyes don’t produce the right quantity or the right quality of tears to be healthy or comfortable.
Dry eye is a chronic condition affecting over 30 million people in the U.S. (100 million worldwide). Las Vegas dry eye is common as the region has the lowest humidity on record in the country. This contributes to what is known as evaporative dry eye affecting the meibomian glands located in the eyelids; 86% of people diagnosed with dry eye have Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, or MGD.
Meibomian refers to a specific type of gland found in the eyelids. These glands secrete oils onto the surface of the eye, which helps keep tears from evaporating too quickly. MGD is blockage of the meibomian glands so they don’t secrete enough oil into the tears. As a result, tears evaporate too quickly. MGD is a leading cause of dry eye syndrome.
Center for Sight offers a variety of dry eye syndrome treatment options. We are excited to recommend the LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation System, which is revolutionary in the treatment of dry eye. LipiFlow addresses the root cause (MGD) of evaporative dry eye, which is the most common form of dry eye, by unblocking the meibomian glands that secrete oily lipids.
LipiFlow is a non-invasive procedure performed in-office conveniently and efficiently, so you can get back to living life quickly. LipiFlow therapy takes only minutes to complete for each eye, with patients reporting noticeable improvements and relief just days after treatment.
Center For Sight is one of the most comprehensive ophthalmology practices in the country. Contact us at our Advanced Dry Eye Center in Las Vegas, where we are able to evaluate and treat your ocular allergy and dry eye symptoms with the latest available technology. We are dedicated to helping make your world 20/happy!