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People don’t usually talk “winter” and Las Vegas in the same breath. Far from it. Think gambling, entertaining shows, gourmet food, people-watching and the fabulous hotels.

If you live or work in the Las Vegas area, you know to expect a chilly but welcoming winter. Temperatures hover in the low sixties and dip into the mid-thirties, especially at night. The overall climate of Las Vegas is arid, lacking moisture.

But if you’re experiencing winter dry eye, you may find yourself struggling to fully enjoy everything this amazing city has to offer. Let’s take a closer look at dry eye and how colder weather and windy conditions can adversely affect your ability to see the sights. But more importantly, let’s explore how Center For Sight can help you say Bye Bye to Las Vegas Dry Eye.

Symptoms of dry eye may include:

  • Burning
  • Blurred vision
  • Discomfort with contact lenses
  • Excessive dryness
  • Fatigued eyes
  • Grittiness
  • Itching
  • Light sensitivity
  • Redness
  • Excessive tearing (strange but true)
  • Trouble with night driving  

Why Dry Eye?

Basically, your eyes don’t produce the right quantity or quality of tears to be healthy or comfortable, especially in colder and drier conditions. Dry eye is a chronic condition affecting over 100 million people worldwide. Winter dry eye is common as the Las Vegas region has the lowest humidity on record in the country. This contributes to what is known as evaporative dry eye affecting the Meibomian glands, the leading cause of dry eye.

Need a few “home” remedies for winter dry eye?

  • Buy a humidifier to keep moisture in the air
  • Use drug store artificial tears
  • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from windy, sunny skies and glare
  • Stay hydrated in all weather conditions

Words like “annoying” and “persistent” are frequent descriptors we hear at Center For Sight from patients who come to us for dry eye concerns. Besides climate, there may be another factor messing with your eyes. More people are plugged in than ever before. Experts agree that doing near work on computers and smartphones—such as emailing, texting, viewing, working or playing video games—can be blamed for much of the increase in dry eye symptoms. These types of activities interfere with quality and quantity of blinks, which means not enough natural tears, resulting in dry eyes.

Conversely, sometimes people with dry eyes often have watery eyes which seems counterintuitive, but it’s not. It is because the quality of tears isn’t ideal and they don’t stay on the eyes long enough, so they are not lubricating the eyes effectively.

Just because dry eye is common does not mean you have to live with it. At Center For Sight, a vision specialist will perform a series of thorough diagnostic tests to evaluate your unique ocular surface condition.

Hello LipiFlow

The good news for saying bye-bye to dry eye is that it is treatable. Center For Sight offers a variety of treatment options, including the revolutionary LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation System, which addresses the root cause of dry eye by unblocking the Meibomian glands that secrete oily lipids.

Think of LipiFlow as a massage for your eyes. LipiFlow uses gentle movement and heat to loosen up the glands on the rim of your eyelid that help keep your tears from evaporating. When they’re free and clear, they’re able to function properly to keep more tears on your eye’s surface—where they belong.

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 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. Make an appointment where we are able to diagnose and treat your Las Vegas dry eye symptoms with the latest available technology. We are dedicated to making the vision of your world 20/happy!

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