Written by Lisa Marie Wark, MBA & Assoc.*,
There are certain physical maladies that are so common that they warrant their own awareness month. Dry eyes, (or keratoconjunctivitis sicca), is one of those too common conditions, so July was designated Dry Eye Awareness Month.
Best eye doctors in Las Vegas are particularly keen to raise awareness of dry eyes and the problems associated with it and encourage people to seek treatment. While dry eyes can affect all ages, it is most commonly found in older adults. Healthy eyes are well lubricated eyes. Those that suffer from dry eye don’t produce enough tears or the quality of tears is lacking.
The front surface of the eye, or cornea, gets lubricated every time you blink. The tears bring nourishment, wash away dirt and guard against infection. The tears drain into the corner of the eye and ultimately through the nose. So you see how the absence of healthy tears can adversely affect vision and eye health.
There are numerous reasons for dry eye including:
• Side effects of medicines including antihistamines • Allergies • Long-term wearing of contact lenses • Immune disorders such as Sjogren’s syndrome • Keratitis; a condition where the eyelids do not fully close during sleep • Continuous viewing of computer and video screens
Nevada Eye and Ear has a team of doctors that are experienced in treating dry eye and educating their patients on how to protect their eyes against this condition. They will determine if your dry eye condition is caused by environmental conditions, underlying diseases, or a physical condition. They may prescribe an anti-inflammatory medication which will decrease damage to your cornea that can occur from a lack of tears. If your contacts are a problem the doctors at Nevada Eye and Ear may recommend a shorter number of hours to wear contacts, or examine your eyes to see if a correction will alleviate the need to wear contacts.
If you are producing a limited number of tears then your eye doctor may suggest retaining as many of those tears in your eyes as possible. This is done by plugging the drainage holes that are found in the inner corners of your eyes. This can be done temporarily by placing small plugs in those holes, or they can be permanently closed by a simple surgery call punctal cautery.
If you find yourself suffering from chronic dry, itchy, irritated eyes go straight away to Nevada Eye and Ear for a much needed eye examination. It’s something worth shedding tears about.
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*Lisa Marie Wark, MBA owns a social media agency and is a business development consultant with a concentration in medical spas and alternative clinics. Currently she is President of Lisa Marie Wark, MBA & Assoc., a business development and social media firm that provides physicians the necessary business tools to help them build or expand their practices into fee for service business models.