There are many reasons why your eyes could be bothering you. Some of the more likely causes can be Allergies, Conjunctivitis, Pink Eye or Dry Eye Syndrome (DES):
ALLERGIES Some of you may have never experienced allergies, and for the first time, your eyes are feeling uncomfortable. Your children may be rubbing their eyes, or the whites of their eyes may be red. Treatment for ocular allergies may vary due to severity. The condition can be quickly handled with medication. Most patients have noticeable relief within 24 hours. Call the office for an appointment. Severe cases are seen immediately.
CONJUNCTIVITIS Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the white of the eye caused by a virus, bacteria or allergy. Knowing the cause is the most important component of the treatment. If it is caused by a virus, it can be contagious. It is important that at the first sign of a conjunctivitis, that a diagnosis be made and treatment initiated by a qualified eye doctor.
...And then there's DES... What is DES (Dry Eye Syndrome)? Tears function to keep the eyes lubricated and comfortable. DES causes the eyes to feel irritated, scratchy, burning, red and uncomfortable. DES is an under diagnosed eye disorder affecting approximately 20% of our population.
WHAT CAUSES DES? The most common causes include: -Environmental Factors: Dry, cold, windy, high altitudes, smoke, air pollution, allergens, heating vents, air conditioners all can cause DES. -Aging: As we get older, our tear flow decreases. -Contact Lens Wear: Contact lens wear can dramatically increase tear evaporation. -Hormonal Changes: Pregnancy, birth contraceptives and menopause contribute to DES.
TREATMENT OF DES: Depending on the intensity of the condition, treatment may be as simple as taking breaks from your computer, using artificial tears a few times a day, or using the prescription, RESTASIS. In more persistent cases, a simple non-surgical procedure is available (commonly called "Tears Saver" solution).
A NON-SURGICAL IN-OFFICE PROCEDURE FOR DES: Whether you have allergies or DES, have an initial consultation with Dr. Young to go over which is the best solution for you. This procedure has helped thousands of people. This procedure is covered by most medical insurances and usually takes a few minutes in the office and in many cases can provide long lasting relief from DES. Dr. Young performs these procedures with tremendous success.
PLEASE NOTE: Ocular medical complaints, such as DES or eyes feeling uncomfortable, are covered under most medical insurance plans - NOT routine vision plans. Please check with your insurance provider to confirm.
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