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Treating Ocular Allergies in Las Vegas

Las Vegas Optometrist

Las Vegas Optometrist`

It should come as no surprise how beneficial healthy eyes and vision can be every day. With poor vision, driving, reading, and other important activities and experiences can become very challenging. Many of us take our ocular health and vision for granted – we may become so accustomed to our vision and its reliability. For those of us who suffer from ocular allergies, the experience of having your eyes not function as well as they should may be all too familiar. If so, then our Las Vegas optometrist, Shannon Chandler, O.D., will be more than happy to assist in the treatment of your symptoms.

Eye allergies can develop when the body’s immune system becomes sensitized, then overreacts to a stimulus or allergen in the environment that may typically cause no irritation in other people. Unfortunately, many allergens that trigger eye allergies are airborne, increasing the chance of contact. Ocular allergies share symptoms with some other eye conditions, so an accurate diagnosis is of utmost importance. The symptoms of eye allergies can range from mild itching, redness and tearing to inflammation and swelling to the point of impairment of vision. If symptoms persist, or if over-the-counter remedies are not relieving the allergies, then take the time to visit Dr. Chandler, your Las Vegas eye doctor, to provide relief and treatment of eye allergies. She will review your medical history and symptoms, then conduct tests to reveal ocular allergies. Management and treatment of your ocular allergies may include prescription eye drops when needed.

Having ocular allergies can be uncomfortable and a nuisance. Healthy eyes and a healthy body go hand in hand. We would be delighted to aid you in maintaining healthy vision for as long as possible. Please call our practice, or consult our website for further information regarding eye care for your ocular allergies; or simply schedule an appointment with our Las Vegas eye doctor, Shannon Chandler, O.D.

Eye Doctor in Las Vegas
3962 Blue Diamond Road Suite 105
Las Vegas, NV 89139
(702) 791-6860

Glaucoma Screening in Las Vegas

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Glaucoma Screening in Las Vegas

Glaucoma Screening in Las Vegas

Have you noticed a subtle loss of peripheral (outer boundary) vision in one or both of your eyes? A subtle loss of peripheral vision is a major concern, and is in fact one of the first symptoms of glaucoma, a destructive ocular disease. While many ocular diseases do not affect patients until later in life, glaucoma can occur as early as 40 years of age, in some cases. Glaucoma can cause permanent loss of sight when not detected and treated in a timely manner. Fortunately, you can find the help you need to prolong the overall health of your vision by scheduling a glaucoma screening at the state of the art practice of Shannon Chandler, O.D. in Las Vegas.

While ocular diseases may seem like a rare occurrence to many of us, glaucoma is, in fact, one of the main causes of total blindness in the United States today. Glaucoma is known by many eye care professionals as the invisible sight thief, as it most often shows no symptoms until permanent vision loss has already begun. Glaucoma typically occurs when the intraocular pressure in the eye rises to higher than normal levels; however, it is still possible to develop glaucoma with normal intraocular pressure. When this occurs, the fluid inside the eye cannot drain properly, and loss of vision is the eventual result. The first step to screening for glaucoma is through multiple state-of-the-art diagnostic tests to identify signs of glaucoma. If signs are detected by Dr. Chandler, you will be referred to a glaucoma specialist to begin care as soon as possible. It is especially important to be screened for glaucoma if risk factors are present, or if you have a family history of the disease.

Glaucoma is a condition of the eye that leads to progressive atrophy of the optic nerve. It is accompanied by changes in the appearance of the optic disc, loss of peripheral vision and has historically been associated with elevated intraocular pressure. Glaucoma occurs in two types: closed-angle and open-angle. Open-angle glaucoma, also called chronic glaucoma, is the most common type, and occurs when the eye fails to allow for proper drainage of aqueous fluid from the eye. One theory is that the trabecular meshwork filter, located between the iris and the cornea, slows down fluid movement and drainage.

It is in contrast to closed-angle or acute glaucoma, in which the drainage angle between the iris and the cornea becomes closed entirely, blocking fluid from exiting the eye and resulting in a significant rise in pressure. When fluid is unable to access the trabecular meshwork, pressure builds in a positive feedback loop, causing excruciating pain in the eye. The result is very rapid loss of vision in the eye.

If open-angle glaucoma is detected soon enough – its progression tends to be gradual – most cases will not require surgery. A medicated eye drop will be prescribed to reduce the pressure inside the eye, restoring fluid drainage and preserving the integrity of vision. Closed-angle glaucoma, conversely, will often require surgery to open the channel, using the placement of a shunt or laser surgery to restore fluid movement and return pressure in the eye to normal levels.

For the very best in eye care, including glaucoma screenings, be sure to visit the optometrists at the state-of-the-art practice of Shannon Chandler, O.D. in Las Vegas. Our fully licensed optometrists and professionally trained staff proudly serve the local community with the latest technological advances in eye care and procedures to screen for ocular diseases. With glaucoma screenings from Shannon Chandler, O.D., you can prolong the health of your vision.

Glaucoma Screening in Las Vegas
3962 Blue Diamond Road Suite 105
Las Vegas, NV 89139
702-791-6860

Optometrist Las Vegas

Optometrist Las Vegas

Are your eyes often itchy, burning, teary, or red? Do you find your eyes are often swollen and uncomfortable? Have you noticed if these symptoms occur during certain times of the year? If you’ve answered “yes” to any of the above questions, you should visit our Las Vegas optometrist, Dr. Shannon Chandler, for an ocular allergy evaluation. Ocular allergies, also known as allergic conjunctivitis or simple eye allergies, are quite common. They affect one in five Americans every year. Ocular allergies can be broken down into two main types. The most common type of ocular allergy is the seasonal allergy. This means that you tend to experience ocular allergy symptoms only during certain seasons of the year – usually starting around early spring and continuing into summer and fall. In these cases, allergies occur because of allergens in the air from pollen, trees, weeds, and even spores from molds.

Ocular Allergy Treatment Vegas

Ocular Allergy Treatment Vegas

The other, less common type of ocular allergy is the perennial allergy. Individuals who experience this type of allergy have symptoms all year round. Perennial allergy symptoms are usually triggered by indoor allergens, such as pet dander, mold, dust, feathers, perfumes, smoke, cosmetics, certain types of medication, and more. Trying to pinpoint what is triggering your allergy symptoms can be useful in finding an effective and personalized treatment. If you are experiencing symptoms that are not easily remedied on your own, you should visit Dr. Chandler for an evaluation. Our Las Vegas optometrist will examine your eyes and discuss possible triggers for allergies in order to determine a treatment solution that works for you. In some cases, symptoms similar to allergy symptoms may actually be from an eye infection, so you should always visit a professional like Dr. Chandler if your symptoms are persistent.

If you would like to learn more about ocular allergy evaluations and treatment, or any of the other services provided by our Las Vegas optometrist, we invite you to visit and browse through the additional information provided on Dr. Chandler’s website. If you have a question or comment, or if you would like to schedule an appointment, do not hesitate to contact our staff by calling our office or sending us a message online.

Eye Allergies Las Vegas
3962 Blue Diamond Road Suite 105
Las Vegas, NV 89139
702-791-6860