In the Las Vegas desert, Dry Eye Syndrome is a common condition especially among resident who relocate to the desert from typically moist climates like the southeast, northeast or even the Midwest. Not just the dry environment of the desert, but also sun exposure, smoke exposure and allergy medications can cause severe dryness.
Eye surgery is usually not necessary to treat dry eye syndrome. Lubricating drops known as artificial tears used several times a day can alleviate many of the symptoms associated with dry eye. Symptoms like blurry vision, burning, itching, or gritty feeling and an extreme sensitivity to light are all typical of dry eye syndrome.
If the first line of defense doesn’t work, there are medicated drops that ophthalmologists prescribe to increase tear production such as Restasis.
As a last line of defense, a quick procedure in which your tear ducts are plugged may be necessary. This procedure isn’t the type of surgery requiring a surgery center. Rather, it can be performed in your local ophthalmologists office. Tear duct plugs sounds a lot worse than they actually are.
We all have four tear ducts. Your ophthalmologist may opt to plug 1, 2, 3 or all 4 of your ducts. The plugs are no larger than a cupcake sprinkle. They are inserted with tweezers within a matter of seconds. You should not feel the plugs whatsoever after they are in place. The plugs serve to keep a thin layer of water over the surface of your eye rather than allow the water to drain through the tear ducts.
If you suspect you may be suffering from dry eye syndrome in Las Vegas, Henderson or Summerlin call the Shepherd Eye Center to schedule an appointment to be seen. Shepherd Eye Center ophthalmologists will examine your eyes to determine if you have the condition, and what course of action will be most effective to alleviate your symptoms.