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TearCare For Treating Dry Eyes

Do the annoying symptoms of dry eyes interfere with your everyday life? If vision has become a painful experience, TearCare may be able to help restore comfort to your eyes. Dr. David Yesnick offers this revolutionary, in-office treatment at our Las Vegas eye care center. Want to experience lasting relief from dry eye syndrome? Book an eye exam at Yesnick Vision Center.

What is TearCare?

Using electrothermal devices, TearCare warms your eyelids to unblock clogs associated with meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). Therapeutic levels of heat work to melt hardened oil deposits in your eyelid glands, allowing them to flow out.

Immediately after the thermal cycle is finished, our eye doctor will help to express your meibomian glands to ensure that all clogs are dissolved. Additionally, the procedure is “blink-assisted,” meaning that the devices conform to your eyelids so you can blink through the treatment. By blinking, your eye’s natural system of expressing lubricating oils is stimulated.

What results can you expect from TearCare?

Many of our dry eye patients in Las Vegas who undergo TearCare are pleasantly surprised to report how relaxing the treatment is! Repeat sessions are required about every 4 to 6 weeks, and just about everyone experiences unbelievable improvement in their dry eye symptoms. Also, when our eye doctor performs a follow-up eye exam, we generally see an enhanced quality tear film, linked to better eye health and more comfortable vision.

Is TearCare right for you?

Only an eye exam can provide a reliable answer to that question! If it’s determined that meibomian gland dysfunction is the source of your dry eyes, then TearCare may be the solution to alleviate your painful symptoms. To find out, visit us in our Las Vegas eye clinic.

At Yesnick Vision Center, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 702-500-0525 or book an appointment online to see one of our Las Vegas eye doctors.

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Are Face Masks Causing Dry Eye Symptoms?

woman wearing a mask 640Face masks and social distancing have become the first line of defense in COVID-19 prevention.

While these protective measures are essential to combating the virus’ spread, eye doctors are seeing an increase in dry eye cases among people who wear masks. If you are seeking relief, contact us.

What is Mask-Associated Dry Eye (MADE)?

Mask-associated dry eye (MADE) was first described by an ophthalmologist in May 2020 based on the higher rate of dry eye he was seeing in his practice among patients who wore masks. Patients with existing dry eye reported worsening symptoms when wearing a mask.

When a face mask doesn’t fit securely, it can push air from the nose and mouth upward, onto the eyes, causing the tear film — the liquid layer that coats the eyes’ surface — to evaporate more quickly. This leads to MADE.

Dry eye leaves the eyes feeling sore, gritty, dry and irritated. Left untreated, dry eye can cause damage to the cornea.

There are many causes of dry eye, including eye and health conditions, age, gender and certain medications. Insufficient blinking when looking at a digital device or book, poor indoor air quality and pollution can all play a role. Situations that increase how quickly the tear film evaporates can quickly and significantly dry the eye’s surface, leading to more pronounced symptoms.

What Causes Dry Eye When Wearing a Mask?

Wearing a face mask significantly reduces the spread of air when breathing out from the mouth and nose. Instead of moving out, the air moves upwards towards the eyes’ surface. This forces a stream of air over the surface of the eye, causing the tears to evaporate more quickly.

This is the same reason that eyeglasses fog up when wearing a mask.

When masks are worn for long periods of time, this repeated evaporation may lead to dry spots on the eyes’ surface.

 

How to Prevent or Alleviate MADE?

Here are some simple measures to help reduce dry eye while wearing a mask:

  1. Ensure your mask fits well, and consider taping the top edge to prevent air from rising from your mouth toward your eyes.
  2. Limit your time in air-conditioned or heated environments when possible. Also, take regular breaks from digital devices.
  3. Consult your eye doctor, who will examine your eyes and prescribe the best treatment.

Having to wear a face mask to prevent COVID-19’s spread may cause dry eye, but relief is available. Contact Yesnick Vision Center if you are experiencing dry eye symptoms. We will determine the underlying cause of your dry eye and offer you the best solution so you can get back to having comfortable eyes and vision.

 

Yesnick Vision Center serves patients from Las Vegas, Spring Valley, Summerlin and Henderson, throughout Nevada.

 

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