Itchy eyes, chronic dryness, or watery eyes can all be signs of dry eye syndrome. Without treatment, dry eyes can cause discomfort and even interfere with vision. Fortunately, the optometry team at Advanced Eyecare in Las Vegas, NV, can diagnose and treat dry eye syndrome and other eye-related ailments.
What Causes Dry Eye?
Dry eye syndrome occurs when the eyes don't produce enough to stay moist. All eyes have a tear film that normally produces enough tears to keep the entire eye lubricated. However, when the tear film is not functioning as it should, it can cause the eyes to become dry and irritated.
People are more likely to develop dry age as they grow older, but this condition can affect people of any age. Other factors, including hormones, dry or windy weather, and exposure to smoke, may also play a role. It's also common for people to experience these symptoms following refractive surgery.
In some cases, dry eye may be a symptom of another eye condition, such as blepharitis or meibomian gland dysfunction. If you're dealing with symptoms of dry eye, you should have your eyes examined as soon as possible.
Common Signs of Dry Eye Syndrome
Dry eye syndrome can cause a range of symptoms. Some people may experience a combination of symptoms, while others may only have one symptom. These symptoms may appear and disappear, but it's common for symptoms to worsen over time. Common symptoms include:
- Itchy and irritated eyes
- Feelings of grittiness or a foreign object in the eye
- Burning eyes
- Watery eyes
- Eye mucus
- Blurry vision
- Increased sensitivity to light
- Difficulty wearing contact lenses
How Our Optometry Clinic Can Treat Dry Eye
When patients come to us with dry eye symptoms, we conduct a comprehensive examination to determine the quantity and quality of their tears. We may also perform an external eye examination to assess other issues that could contribute to their symptoms. Based on the results, we'll suggest treatments to address the underlying cause and alleviate symptoms.
Treatment can vary based on several factors, including the intensity of symptoms and the issues causing the dryness. We frequently recommend using eye drops to supplement the eye's natural tear production. For more severe conditions, we may suggest other treatments, including intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy or a silicone plug that can keep the eye from losing its natural tears.
Get Dry Eye Treatment in Las Vegas, NV
If you're struggling with symptoms of dry eye, don't wait to get the relief you need. Make an appointment at Advanced Eyecare today at 702-737-3937. We'll identify the cause of your symptoms and work with you to find a treatment that will give you relief.