Evaporative Dry Eye a Treatable Root Cause
When you live in a hot, dry and often windy climate like Las Vegas, it’s easy to conclude that issues, such as dry eyes, are just part of life here in the desert. While the climate may not always help your eyes, the primary reason for dry eyes is not producing sufficient tears, or the tears that are being produced evaporating too quickly.
“When you go outside and it’s 105 degrees, and the wind is blowing and kicking up dust, thinking that your eyes not feeling fresh is just something you have to deal with here in southern Nevada is a natural inclination,” said Dr. Jack Abrams of the Abrams Eye Institute. “People are surprised to learn that 9 out of 10 dry eye issues are actually caused by a condition called Evaporate Dry Eye, rather than heat, dryness and wind.”
Dr. Abrams explains that the most common form of dry eye results from a shortage of oil in tears caused by a blockage in the eyelid (Meibomian) glands, leading tears to evaporate faster than normal. This lack of tear oil is often referred to as Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD).
“The idea of eyelids getting blocked or clogged is another surprise for those we help with dry eyes, with most people not really knowing that’s how eyelids work,” said Dr. Abrams. “The good news is that the condition is one that can be corrected with treatment that opens up these clogged glands.”
Dr. Abrams and his team now offer a procedure designed to treat the root cause of Evaporative Dry Eye, blocked Meibomian glands, right in his Las Vegas clinic, called the Dry Eye Center. The treatment opens and cleans blocked glands, which allows the glands to produce oils that create a clear tear film on eyes. This clear film not only makes eyes feel better, but also provides a protective layer for the heat and dust native to our climate.
Also noted by Dr. Abrams is that specialized dry eye treatment is something that provides a level of relief you can’t just do on your own.
“While some people can gain a sense of relief from adding liquids to eyes, from eye drops and even water, these are only short-term solutions,” said Dr. Abrams. “Without proper treatment that increases the flow of complex natural oil, tears continue to evaporate faster than produced and dry eyes will only persist as they are, or even get worse.”
The dry eye treatment, which is not painful and even feels like a spa treatment to most, has been found to be especially beneficial for those who have undergone laser cataract surgery, laser LASIK surgery and other eye treatments. To learn more about these treatments, and all of the other ways the Abrams team can take care of your eyes, call 702-304-9494.