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Dry Eye FAQs
Dry eyes have become a common problem in today’s world, with uncomfortable symptoms that can impact your ability to work effectively and enjoy recreational activities. A number of factors can contribute to dry eyes, and solutions are available to increase your comfort and ability to see. At Kopolow & Girisgen Doctors of Optometry in Las Vegas, NV, we provide treatments for dry eye syndrome. Here are some common questions our patients ask about dry eyes.
Dry eye syndrome is a condition in which insufficient tears are produced or the quality of the tears is inadequate to moisturize the eye properly. Dry eyes can become a chronic problem that affects your ability to see well for performing everyday tasks.
Dry eyes may feel itchy or gritty. You may feel as though something is constantly in your eyes. You may have a sensitivity to light or mucus discharge from the eyes. Individuals often have discomfort when wearing contact lenses. They may have redness of the eyes or blurred vision.
Aging causes less moisture in the eyes. Medications you take can also have this effect. You may have a disorder of the tear glands. In some cases, having LASIK eye surgery can lead to dry eye problems. Working in dry or windy conditions can also cause dry eyes.
A comprehensive eye exam is done that includes a history of your health, which can affect the condition of your eyes. Your Las Vegas optometrist can provide specific tests to determine the number of tears in your eyes, as well as the quality of the tears.
For minor cases, over-the-counter artificial tears can be helpful for dry eyes. Most serious cases may require prescription eye drops that help to preserve moisture. Punctal plugs, tiny devices about the size of a grain of rice, can be inserted into the tear ducts to prevent moisture from draining. Eye drops made from your own blood can help severe cases. Light therapy and massage can also provide effective relief for dry eyes.
Dr. Kopolow and Dr. Girisgen use their extensive training in optometry to bring quality eye care to their patients in Las Vegas and nearby communities. We offer exams, eyeglass fitting, designer frames, contact lens fitting, and management of eye diseases. Call Kopolow & Girisgen Doctors of Optometry today at 702-341-7254 at our Lenscrafter locations or 702-452-2020 at our PearleVision locations to learn about effective treatments for your dry eye problems.