Dry Eye Center Of Excellence


Optometrists located in Nye County, Pahrump, NV

Millions of people are affected by dry eyes, suffering from eye discomfort, blurry vision, and other symptoms. As a dry eye center of excellence, G. Dennis Leaks, OD, LTD, helps patients in Pahrump, Nevada, understand the causes of their dry eye symptoms so they can receive the most appropriate care for fast, long-term relief. Dry eye care is also important for preventing infections and corneal damage. To find out what’s causing your dry eyes and what you can do to relieve your symptoms, contact the office today.

Dry Eye Center of Excellence Q & A

What is a “dry eye center of excellence”?

A dry eye center of excellence is an eye care practice that offers specific diagnostic and treatment options aimed at identifying and managing dry eye. The prevalence of dry eye syndrome has increased dramatically in recent years, and today, millions of people have dry eyes, often as a result of increased use of computers and other electronics.

Dry eye syndrome can have a significant impact on your vision and your eye health, yet not every eye doctor has the tools or experience to diagnose or treat dry eye, which means patients are at increased risk of serious complications. The medical team at G. Dennis Leaks, OD, LTD, has special training and advanced equipment and technology to diagnose even the most subtle signs of dry eye and to treat and manage dry eye in patients of all ages.

What causes dry eyes?

Dry eyes occur when your eyes don’t receive adequate lubrication, resulting in uncomfortable symptoms that can interfere with normal vision. Dry eye syndrome can be caused by inadequate tear production, poor quality tears, or problems with the distribution of tears across the surface of your eyes. Some dry eyes are caused by anatomical or physiological factors while other people may have dry eyes as a result of lifestyle factors, like long-term use of computers or other close-up work that keeps them from blinking frequently enough to keep their eyes properly lubricated. Exposure to chemical fumes, smoke, and very dry environments. Long-term use of certain medications can also cause your eyes to become chronically dry, and autoimmune diseases like Graves’ disease and Sjogren’s syndrome can also cause dry eyes.

What are the symptoms of dry eyes?

Dry eyes cause an array of symptoms including:

  • Excessive tearing
  • Blurry vision
  • Burning or stinging sensations
  • Scratchy or “gritty” sensations
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • “Foreign body sensation,” the feeling that an object is poking your eye
  • “Tired” eyes
  • Increased susceptibility to irritation
  • Mucusy discharge in some people

Because tears help remove germs and other pathogens, having dry eyes can increase your risk of developing a serious eye infection.

What is a CLIA tear lab?

CLIA stands for Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments, a series of rules that regulate medical laboratories, ensuring they adhere to rigorous standards. Our CLIA tear lab is designed to assess your tear film to determine the quality of your tears and to aid in both the diagnosis and treatment of dry eyes. The lab uses state-of-the-art technology to accurately diagnose dry eye in patients with a wide array of symptoms so you can feel confident you’ll receive the best treatment for your needs.

How are dry eyes treated?

The first step in treating dry eyes is having a comprehensive eye exam to determine the underlying cause. Once the cause has been determined, treatment options can include lubricating eye drops to supplement your own tears, anti-inflammatory medications, and lifestyle changes to improve blinking habits. When tear ducts are blocked, the eye doctor may recommend a simple procedure to “unblock” them so tears can be distributed more effectively. Your treatment will be customized for your needs.