Dry eyes can cause irritation, redness, and even blurred vision when left untreated. At Optic Gallery South Meadows in Reno, NV, highly trained optometrists Chen Young, OD, and Warren Whitley, OD, offer highly effective dry eye treatment that restores your eye health and overall quality of life. Call the office to schedule an appointment, or use the online booking feature today.
Dry eye treatment at Optic Gallery South Meadows restores moisture to eyes that become dry due to specific health concerns or the environment. Tears are made up of mucus, oils, water, and antibodies. When you blink, the tears protect your eye’s surface and reduce irritation. Tears also help reduce infections.
Dry eye can present as:
Difficulty with nighttime driving
Problems wearing contact lenses
If you don’t produce enough tears or have tears that are poor quality, dry eye can develop. When left untreated, this condition can cause bothersome symptoms and problematic complications.
While anyone can develop dry eyes, common risk factors include:
Being over 50
Dry air, wind, or smoke
Family history of dry eyes
Previous eye surgery
Vitamin A deficiency
Wearing contact lenses
Problems with the eyelids
Ways to reduce your chance of dry eye include avoiding fans, using a humidifier, wearing protective eyewear, not smoking, and taking breaks during long tasks. A well-balanced diet helps keep your eyes properly lubricated.
During a comprehensive eye exam, your Optic Gallery South Meadows specialist reviews your medical history and eye health. They provide specialized tests that evaluate the quality and quantity of your tears before customizing a dry eye treatment plan.
Depending on the cause and severity of dry eye, your Optic Gallery South Meadows specialist may recommend:
Prescriptions eye drops
Specialty contact lenses
Wearing specialty contact lenses can protect your eyes and retain moisture. Undergoing a medical procedure to close the tear ducts helps reduce tear loss.
It’s also important to avoid smoking and eat a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin A, such as sweet potatoes, carrots, and broccoli. Foods containing omega-3s include fatty fish, vegetable oils, and walnuts.
Call the Optic Gallery South Meadows office to take advantage of dry eye treatment.
We truly believe in routine eye examinations so that you can see as clearly as possible. Once you have to
get glasses or contacts, it is even more important to watch the health of your eyes. You also need
routine checks to ensure your prescription has not changed.