Tips from the Dry Eye Experts at Center For Sight
If you suffer from dry eyes, you’re probably familiar with some of the symptoms. The irritation. The burning. The dryness and redness. UGH!
Sometimes, dry eye is more of a nuisance than a serious medical concern. But there are some root causes of dry eye that can be more serious, and only an experienced eye doctor trained in dry eye will know precisely what to look for and exactly how to treat it.
Why is My Dry Eye Worse in the Fall?
Many people, especially here in sunny Nevada, experience a surge in dry eye symptoms when the season turns to fall. Why? Well, there are a few reasons. First, ragweed. And even though a ragweed plant only lasts one season, it can produce up to one billion pollen grains. Rude little ragweed!
Next, decongestants and antihistamines can help dry out stopped-up sinuses and runny noses, but they can dry your eyes, too. Be sure to drink plenty of water if you’re taking allergy meds this time of year. And finally, windy conditions coupled with low humidity make Nevada a dry eye target any time of the year.
It’s also important to know this: several dry eye symptoms also look like those of other eye infections. Because of this, it is important not to self-diagnose! Instead, see a dry eye specialist who can determine if what you’re suffering from is, in fact, chronic dry eye and if it is related to allergies or has another cause.
What are the Symptoms of Dry Eye?
The following symptoms, in any season, are good reasons for an appointment with your trusted Center For Sight eye doctor:
- Excessive dryness
- Burning eyes
- Discomfort with contact lenses
- Fatigued eyes
- Light sensitivity
- Blurry vision
- Excessive tearing (strange but true!)
- Trouble with night driving
What Causes Dry Eye?
While your dry eye symptoms could be related to allergies or the environment, most experts agree that doing near work on smartphones and computers—such as emailing, texting, viewing, working or gaming—can be blamed for much of the increase in dry eye symptoms in recent years. And with an ever-increasing reliance on electronic screens, the condition is expected to continue to rise.
All that screen time interferes with the quality and quantity of tears you make. Not enough quality blinks means not enough natural tears. This can lead to dry eye symptoms. But just because dry eye is common doesn’t mean you have to just live with it! At Center For Sight, one of our dry eye specialists will perform a series of thorough diagnostic tests to evaluate your unique ocular surface condition.
How is Dry Eye Treated?
When you have any kind of medical concern, don’t you want it addressed by a specialist? You wouldn’t see your family practitioner for a toothache any more than you would see a dermatologist for foot pain.
While any eye doctor can diagnose dry eye based on your symptoms, not all eye doctors can thoroughly assess the surface of your eye to determine what is really going on and find the root cause. But at Center For Sight, we can. And we do! Eyes are our everything, so when it comes to treating one of the most common eye conditions out there, we do it with a blend of advanced technology options and highly experienced professionals who know dry eye!
Leading-Edge Dry Eye Care at Our Advanced Dry Eye Center
In a dry eye evaluation at Center For Sight’s Advanced Dry Eye Center, we will perform diagnostic testing, which includes ocular allergy testing to evaluate your unique ocular surface condition and discover the source of your dry eye symptoms. Thorough testing, including TearLab® to fully examine your ocular surface, will help us determine the best course of treatment for you.
There are a variety of treatment options for treating dry eye, ranging from eye drops to specially designed contact lenses, punctal plugs and more. The severity and root cause of your dry eye will determine which treatment is right for you. At our Advanced Dry Eye Center in Las Vegas, we are able to evaluate, image and treat your dry eye symptoms with the latest technology and treatment options available. Come see us.
Have 20/Happy Eyes
To manage dry eye, it is important to stop the progressive loss of the essential glands that help maintain a healthy tear film. Begin the path to relieve dry eye symptoms today! Schedule a dry eye evaluation at our Advanced Dry Eye Center in Las Vegas.