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Nevada Eye Care West / Northwest 7730 West Cheyenne Ave. Suite # 103 Las Vegas, Nevada 89129

(702) 633-2020

Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry Eye Syndrome Las VegasDry eye syndrome is one of the most common problems treated by eye physicians. It is usually caused by a problem with the quality or amount of the tear film that lubricates the eyes. Risk factors for developing dry eyes include: older age, certain systemic medicines, conditions of the ocular surface, and female gender. Dry eye syndrome is particularly prevalent in our arid desert climate.

Signs and symptoms of dry eyes, which usually affect both eyes, may include:

  • Pain
  • Sensitivity to light
  • A feeling of a foreign body or sand in the eye
  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Blurring of vision
  • Eye fatigue after short periods of reading
  • Periods of excessive tearing

Dry Eye Treatment Las VegasDry eyes can cause a gritty, sandy sensation, burning, stinging, or itching. Some people notice a sticky feeling upon waking from sleep. Occasionally, a dry eye can actually seem watery due to reflex tearing from irritation. Longstanding dry eye can lead to poor vision, redness, and altered sensation of the ocular surface.

The first line of treatment for dry eye syndrome is usually lubrication with artificial tears. If artificial tears are applied more than four times per day, greater treatment is probably necessary.

For more advanced dryness, prescription anti-inflammatory therapy can actually increase tear production. Prescription dry eye treatment has been shown to improve the symptoms of dry eye, as well as reduce the ongoing microscopic damage from this condition.

Eye doctors also often recommend closure of the tear drainage system to increase the volume of the tear film. Closure is accomplished with a small plug, which fits comfortably into the tear drainage system. Placement of these punctal plugs is a quick and painless office procedure.

Please contact Nevada Eye Care at (702) 633-2020 for a dry eye evaluation today!

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