Do your eyes ever feel dry and irritated throughout the day? If you wear contact lenses, do you find yourself taking them out right after work or school because they become uncomfortable? If so, you are not alone almost half of all Americans report experiencing dry eye symptoms! And living in Las Vegas certainly does not help according to the National Women's Health Resource Center, Las Vegas is the number one dry eye hot spot in the country!
Dry eye syndrome is a complex condition where your eyes are unable to stay comfortably hydrated. This is especially true in hot, dry climates (such as Las Vegas). Some people simply do not produce enough tears. Others have enough tears, but the tears drain too quickly from the eye, leaving it dry and uncomfortable. Another common cause of dry eye is that poor-quality, irritating tears are produced instead lubricating, soothing tears. And finally, some illnesses and medications can make dry eye problems worse.
Whatever the cause, dry eye syndrome makes your eyes uncomfortable. The first problems caused by dry eye syndrome are not severe, initially presenting as dryness and vision that fluctuates as your eye develops dry areas. As the disease progresses, however, actual damage occurs in both the eye and the glands that produce your tears. Chronic dry eye syndrome increases your risk of developing eye infections and scarring.
The good news is that dry eye syndrome is very treatable. Dr. Anderson is happy to sit down with you to develop an individualized treatment plan to manage your dry eye syndrome. The office offers a variety of different treatment options to fit your lifestyle and stop the disease from progressing.
If your eyes bother you, we would love to help! Please contact our office and let us help you get your comfortable vision back.